An update and a thank you

First, the update. God bless the Syrian Arab Army! They have successfully cleared out the entire area surrounding my village and my family is safe at last! I spoke with my sister a few days ago and she sounded so happy and optimistic. The last time I posted news about my village, my brother and his family had left and were staying in another village, my sister was in the city and fighting raged in the village above ours and the Crusader castle nearby. Since then, the army routed all fighters. The Syrian news showed fighters arrested by the army, as well as casualties of the fighting. There was a siege at the Crac des Chevaliers, and we thought it would last for weeks, if not longer, but the rest of the fighters in the castle surrendered. Hallelujah! I can’t tell you how relieved I am! When I spoke to my sister, she said, “don’t go to Allentown for the summer, come to Syria!” Of course, the war is far from over, but this is her way of telling me just how much the situation is improved there. Fighting rages on in many other places, but the army is making steady gains, and God willing, this nightmare will be over soon! Now, if the world continues to pay attention to what is really going on, and continues to insist that the US government, Turkey and Saudi Arabia stop arming and funding the foreign jihadist fighters, Syria can truly know peace again. May God make it so!

Students from the University in Homs staged a rally to honor the Syrian Arab Army for their work freeing the area of terrorists. This giant flag is hanging from the top of the castle!


And now, a thank you. Two actually! The first to the person who taped the Turkish Defense Minister in a conversation about created an “incident” along the Syrian-Turkish border that would serve as an excuse for Turkey to invade Syria. Thank you for taping this conversation and thank you for posting it on YouTube! Now the world knows, without any room for doubt, that the Turkish government has been a major provocateur in the war in Syria. Funding, hosting and arming foreign terrorists and providing transportation has not been enough to overthrow the Syrian government, and now, after all the death and destruction, the Turkish government decides to force the issue. Thank God their plot was uncovered! And now, for the second and very big thank you…to KIM KARDASHIAN!  Kim Kardashian this week re-tweeted news from #savekessab or #savekassab, about the largely ethnic Armenian-Christians fleeing the town of Kassab as “rebel” (foreign jihadist) forces occupied the area. Ms. Kardashian referenced the destruction and desecration of churches and holy sites in this ancient town. In keeping with Western governments and media spreading outright lies and denying the facts, the AP had this to say, “she appeared to have bolstered false claims by loyalists of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who said Syrian rebels desecrated the village’s churches and slaughtered residents. She used the #SaveKessab hashtag that was used to spread the false claims, causing its popularity to explode.” Continuing with, “Kardashian appeared to have moved on since. Her Kassab tweets were followed by a flurry of sultry selfies of her riding on a boat in a skimpy top and long skirt with hashtags like #WishYouWereHere and #WhatALife.”  Wow, the press doesn’t even pretend to be impartial anymore! There are many, many reports from many towns all over Syria of churches destroyed and desecrated by the anti-government fighters. These are not false claims. And maybe she did go on to post “sultry selfies.” But that in no way negates what is happening in Syria, nor does it render her concern for Syria’s Armenian Christian population irrelevant. Thank you, Ms. Kardashian, for speaking out and for using your celebrity to bring the plight of Christians in Syria to the attention of millions of people who may not have been aware of the situation before.

For further news about churches destroyed, please follow these links:

Please remember, these are some of the oldest churches in the world.


About LeilaPiazza

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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