Article from Terrasanta.net a media outlet of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.
Translated from Italian.
The Syrian Christians "have been betrayed and sold by the West' attacks the Syrian Catholic Patriarch Youssef III Younan. In the days when discussing military intervention, the patriarch once again criticizes "the cynical and machiavellian politics" of powers in these two and a half years they have armed the rebels, only to realize that there can be no military solution to the crisis.
Patriarch Younan, a few days ago another one of your priests was wounded in Damascus. What is known about his condition? Father Qassar Amer is 34 years old and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Damascus in 2003. He is the pastor of our church in Qatanah in the south of the capital. This past Wednesday, August 21 at around 6 p.m. he was going to the church of Our Lady of Fatima, in the centre of Damascus, when a bomb exploded just a few feet from him, seriously injuring him in the face, stomach and legs. He was in surgery for hours and, from what his brother told me, thank God, he is a bit 'better, but cannot speak. We pray for his recovery.
The United States and France are planning to intervene militarily. What do you think? Instead of helping the various parties to the conflict to find ways of reconciliation, start the dialogue for reforms based on a pluralist system of government, these powers until now have armed the rebels, incited violence and poisoned yet more relations between Sunnis and Shiites. The West thinks that with the Sunnis in government democracy will replace the dictatorship, but this is a great illusion: regime change by force, without giving security to the secular parties of inspiration, will trigger a conflict worse than in Iraq.
You often pointed out the ambiguity of the West to the Gulf monarchies. Do you still consider these countries share responsibility for the war in Syria? Certainly, because we are disappointed by the machiavellian cynical politics in these countries and the West: France, Great Britain, United States ... they see oil and forget their principles. For more than two years, along with Turkey, they are saying that the regime will fall: this is the biggest lie told to the respective public opinions or the worst mistake of calculation that has been made over the past decade. The regime is still there, the country is destroyed and more than 100,000 people dead. We Christians have been betrayed and sold for oil. The West supports democracy in the name of the regimes that have nothing democratic about them: Qatar and Saudi Arabia are among the most backward countries of the world. Their leaders are received in palaces like western heroes of democracy, of political pluralism and tolerance!
Why the escalation of violence against Christians? The entire population suffers, but Christians in particular. They are victims of hatred of a community that thinks to defend the cause of God, even by force. Two months ago, another of our priest, François Mourad, was killed in the convent of Ghassanieh, in the North West of Syria, on the border with Turkey, by the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusrah (al-Qaeda Victory Front) and another massacre of twenty Christians took place ten days ago west of Homs. Original article here