Save Kessab: An Urgent Appeal to All Armenian Americans & People of Good Conscience
– Urge the Obama Administration to Stop Turkey’s Support for the Destruction of Kessab, Syria
Over four millennia, Hurrian, Sumerian, Aramean, Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman influences crossed paths in Syria. Today, precious cultural sites from these eras are being damaged as the Syrian civil war takes its toll on the country’s cultural heritage.
AQIM from northern Mali, LIFG from Libya, Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt, and with support from Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, Turkey, and others – all are converging on Syria (in black), and then Iran. Should Syria or Iran, or both fall to Western-backed terrorist brigades, and if the West manages to use Kurds across Turkey and northern Iraq to create a conduit (in red), a path will be cleared into Russia’s restive Caucasus Mountains and onto Moscow itself.
Nations standing in the way of this horde, including Turkey and Georgia, risk being carved up or drawn into protracted, costly conflict. Other nations at grave risk from Western-backed terrorism include Algeria, Pakistan, and China.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. Foreign-based militants linked to al-Qaeda terrorist network are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into Syria to engage in an insurgency war against government forces.
Christians have been killed in Syria, and many more have fled the country. Christian churches were in Damascus 600 years before the Muslim religion even began but now Christians make up less than 10% of the population. It is almost an identical story to what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. Christians fear that if the rebels, who are made up of Muslim extremists take over, they will be persecuted and killed.
Turkey continues its anti-Armenian policy line, with its extreme manifestations observed in the Armenian-populated areas of Syria, in particular, Kessab, the Nagorno Karabakh President’s spokesman told Panorama.am. “Through subversive attacks, Turkey tries to drive Armenians out of Syria as well as exterminate the country’s Armenian community,” David Babayan said.
Turkey are funding and letting Al-Qaeda to operate in Syria, but has now pledged military action to defend a tiny enclave inside Syria where a platoon of its troops guards a memorial to an Ottoman forebear who died more than 700 years ago, after reports al-Qaeda threatened an attack.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no violation of the country’s territory will go unanswered as he seeks to win over voters and battles allegations of corruption against his government ahead of local elections on March 30.
“If a mistake is committed toward Suleyman Shah, then Turkey would do whatever is necessary,” Erdogan told Star television in an interview today. “Our territory is safeguarded under international agreements. Any attack on our territory will amount to an attack on Turkey.”