President Obama bowed-up last year and said he had a "red line" he would not allow Syria to cross. As a result, and with his massive ego at stake, he feels he has to do something he never does: back up his rhetoric with action.
The Obama regime only knows one way to wage war, and that is to run attack ads in Iowa destroying an opponent's character. Trying to wage war by invading a country over WMDs has pitted President Obama against his fiercest ideological opponent on the matter - candidate Obama.
So our war-waging-invading machine has been dispatched to the Middle East to extract a pound of flesh from Syrian president Assad for probably gassing opposition. No penalties yet on this administration sending the IRS to attack Obama's opposition. more >>
Remnants of the chemical sarin have been found on articles of clothing and in soil near the site of the August 21 chemical attacks in Syria, Great Britain announced Thursday. The announcement comes four days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also said hair and blood samples from the region tested positive for the chemical gas.
The office of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced Thursday that tests conducted at the country's Porton Down laboratories found traces of sarin, a dangerous nerve agent that can kill a grown man with one drop, on clothing and soil in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus that suffered an intense chemical attack on civilians earlier in August.
Cameron told BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson on Thursday that the evidence of the gas "further shows the use of chemical weapons in that Damascus suburb," although he did not go as far to attribute responsibility for the chemical attack. The U.S., on the other hand, has openly accused Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime for the August 21 attack in the suburbs of Syria's capital city that reportedly left 1,429 dead, including 426 children. more >>
Christian leaders in the Middle East believe that a U.S. military intervention in Syria will have a "detrimental effect" on Christians in the region, Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance said in a statement to the White House on Thursday.
Tunnicliffe, who serves as the secretary general for the global evangelical group, is currently attending a conference in Amman, Jordan, to address the plight of "Arab Christians," particularly those in Egypt and Syria. The conference was convened by Jordan's King Abdullah II and attended by California's Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, Christian Hollywood producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, and several Middle Eastern Christian leaders.
After speaking at the conference, Tunnicliffe sent a letter to the White House and the United Nation's Security Council saying that the majority of Christian leaders he spoke to from the Syria region discourage military action in their country, saying such intervention would have a "detrimental effect" on Christians in the region. more >>
President Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of American military force in Syria against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Recent American history in the region demands that the United States exercise tremendous prudence and discretion in how it handles the war in Syria.
Syria is embroiled in a bitterly violent civil war that has claimed the lives of as many as 110,000 in a country of slightly more than 22 million. The conflict began in the spring of 2011 when revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt successfully challenged their respective nations' dictatorships. Largely peaceful protests against Assad's authoritarian rule quickly turned to armed conflict after the regime's violent response.
The conflict is further complicated by the fact that Syria is led by a minority Shia Islamic sect known as the Alawites while most of the citizens are Sunni Muslims. While the rebellion may have been initially fueled by an anti-Assad sentiment, sectarian division seems to have intensified the violence. The more-secular Alawite-led regime has cast the rebels as religious extremists committed to imposing Sharia law and attacking other religions. Assad has galvanized the Alawite base by spreading propaganda that an Assad defeat means the extermination of Alawites throughout Syria. more >>
Egypt's interior minister survived an apparent assassination attempt on his motorcade in Cairo on Thursday. The country continues to be embroiled in violent clashes between loyalists to ousted President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the military government, although the Muslim Brotherhood has denied any involvement in Thursday's attack.
The attack took place as Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who is in charge of the country's police force, traveled with his motorcade through Cairo's Nasr City district, where his official residence is located. A bomb exploded in Ibrahim's motorcade, and although Ibrahim was not harmed, at least 10 other people were injured, and police claim to have killed two of the attackers.
It is still unclear how the bomb was detonated; some media outlets are stipulating that the bomb was attached to a car, while others are saying it was thrown from a nearby building, landing in the center of the motorcade. The attack may have also involved a suicide bomber and additional shooters, but more will not be known until authorities are able to comb through the damage. Photos posted on social media websites show a large explosion area with charred vehicles and debris littering the streets. more >>
The National Association of Evangelicals conducted a poll of its member pastors and found that 62.5 percent oppose U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war.
"Should Congress authorize direct U.S. military intervention in Syria?" the survey asked. Only 37.5 percent answered "yes," NAE President Leith Anderson announced in a statement to Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service.
The National Association of Evangelicals represents 40 evangelical Christian denominations and over 45,000 local churches. Not all evangelical denominations are NAE members, though. more >>