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Friends of Syria

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To me, this is one of the most powerful images – out of many very powerful images – that I have seen of the war in Syria. Here is a captured Syrian soldier before his own summary execution by al-Qaeda militants. He was captured with ten other soldiers, all from different faith communities in Syria, after defending Al-Kindi Hospital in Aleppo.

The haunting resemblance to Jesus at the crucifixion is no coincidence. The soldier is said to have been from one of Syria’s few remaining Aramaic-speaking Christian communities. These communities, along with those of other ethnic and religious minorities have been specifically targeted for extermination by al-Qaeda militants that have been fighting to overthrow the legitimate Syrian government at the direction of Saudi Arabia and its allies. Aramaic, of course, was the language that Jesus had spoken. Please share widely.

Hands of Syria

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