» 08/27/2013 RUSSIA - SIRIA Moscow Patriarchate: acting as "international executioners," the US is sacrificing Muslims and Christians in Syria Speaking to AsiaNews, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, condemns threats of NATO intervention without a UN mandate. More victims will be "sacrificed on the altar of an imaginary democracy".
Moscow (AsiaNews) - As a Western
military intervention against the regime of
Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly likely, the Russian Orthodox Church expresses "strong concern" about possible developments of the crisis, this
following US charges that the regime used chemical weapons against civilians.
as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner", said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Relations
of the Moscow Patriarchate.
to AsiaNews, the
representative of the Russian Orthodox Church strongly criticised the US position, which is "completely one-sided."
endorsement of the United Nations,
they want to decide the fate of a whole country of millions of inhabitants."
Hilarion warned, "thousands of lives
will be sacrificed on the altar of an imaginary democracy;" among them, according to the Metropolitan, there are, first of all, "Christians, about whose fate no one cares."
"risk of becoming hostages to the situation and the main victims of radical extremist
forces, who, with the help of the
United States, will come to power."
international community," he concluded, "must do everything to avoid that
events develop in this direction." (M.A.)