Saturday, 2 November 2013
There's a video circulating, a genuine one, of Syrian rebels smashing up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The majority of Syrians who want to see Assad overthrown object to this sectarian nonsense, but the longer the rebels go under-equipped for the battle against a modern state, which with Russian help, starves and bombs its citizens, the more the jihadists will dominate and destroy the revolution.
Anyway, this: Statue of Jesus erected on Syrian hilltop*
seems like incitement, but still, it's probably a good idea to welcome it as a symbol to Christians that they will be safe when Assad falls. Though now having seen the comparison with the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, maybe it would make a better spectacle if another piece of brutalism were smashed up, even if not politically advisable.
*"Russians have been a driving force behind the statue project. The Kremlin is the chief ally of the embattled Assad, and the Orthodox churches in Russia and Syria have close ties.
Ghadban, who is Syrian-Russian and lives in both countries, said he hoped the statue, which was inspired by Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue, would in turn inspire Syria's Christians."