Hezbollah-backed stealth conference in Washington DC
FARID GHADRY/ August 15, 2014, 4:50 pm
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A Hezbollah-backed conference entitled “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) will be held in Washington DC on September 9 thru 11. The conference gathers many of the Christian spiritual and community leaders with influence over the Levant theology and politics
Its title “Protecting and preserving Christianity where it all began” makes all the sense in the world, and its purpose, summarized below, does hit every chord perfectly:
“In the birthplace of Christ, Christians suffer for their faith and their communities are dwindling toward extinction. Christians in Syria, Egypt, the Holy Land, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon—including more than a million Armenians across the region—all these and more face a time of crisis. We must act now to protect them in their ancestral homelands, countries where they have been driving forces of stability and pluralism for over 2,000 years.”
However, when you consider who is behind this organization, only then you realize its danger.
Allegedly, its major backer and bankroller is a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman and a Hezbollah ally named Gilbert Chagouri. My sources in Washington tell me several Federal US Agencies may be investigating Chagouri for funding Hezbollah’s terror. He is also a close business associate of Michel Aoun, the Lebanese General who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Hassan Nasrallah. Michel Aoun appointed his man in Washington, Toufic Baaklini, to manage IDC operations in his capacity as President of IDC.
Mr. Chagouri’s goal is to exploit the insecurities many Christians feel as sectarian wars rage in the Levant and to take sole control of their communities to serve the wretched agenda of Iran and Hezbollah. “In Defense of Christians” already announced that their second conference will be held in al-Quds (The Arabic name for Jerusalem). With a successful conference under its belt in Washington DC, I predict we will see IDC begin to attack US allies in the region in support of the axis of evil in the Middle East.
Another character who allegedly may be involved is Jamal Daniel, a US businessman with strong ties to the Assad regime. As a Syrian-American, I know how loyal the Daniel family is to Assad, which goes back to the sixties when Atef Daniel, Jamal’s father, helped Assad rise to become President of Syria.
There are, also, some question marks surrounding some of the Christian and civilian leaders participating in this conference when it comes to their anti-Israel rhetoric and strong support for Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran.
For example, Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi of Lebanon has close ties to the Assad regime. He claimed to a Lebanese newspaper, on December 9, 2011, that Assad is launching reforms in the midst of Assad butchering civilians. To this day, al-Rahi remains an apologist for Assad.
Amongst the public figures attending the conference is also Syrian-born Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, a known critic and adversary of Israel and a very close ally to the Assad regime. In December 2010, Laham was quoted as saying that attacks against Levantine Christians were part of a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam”.
James Zogbi, on the advisory board of IDC, will be a keynote speaker. Zogby is the founder of the Arab-American Institute and a rabid critic of Israel. He rarely misses an opportunity to criticize and attack Israel.
Many good people unwittingly have associated themselves with IDC. US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lethinen (R – FL) and Ex-Attorney General the Honorable John Ashcroft come to mind (There are many more). This only show the deceptive practices of Iran, behind IDC, when its agents are able to recruit patriotic Americans without a hint of their involvement in IDC. My guess Hezbollah was able to recruit them because IDC is using September 11 date to trick them into believing they stand behind the Great Satan.
Although IDC is supposed to be an avid proponent of Christianity, the organization is unable to explain some facts when it comes to that support.
How could IDC explain that Hezbollah assassinated Lebanese Christian MP Jebran Tueini and Antoine Ghanem as well as kill Christian army officers, journalists, and innocent Christian bystanders who died from their bombs? How can they explain how Assad assassinated the up and rising star President Bashir Gemayel and President Rene Mouawad as well as explain all the Assad massacres of Christians in Lebanon over the last 15 years?
Are those participating in the IDC conference realize they are associating themselves with terror against Christians? Seriously, how many Muslim terrorists you know killed Christian Presidents who reached the apogee of their careers? Only Assad and Hezbollah have committed such atrocities against Christians. The same Assad and Hezbollah this conference is kowtowing to.
There is no doubt that the Christians of the Middle East need protection from the onslaught of Islamic extremists. There is no doubt that it is the responsibility of all western leaders to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all the Christians in the Levant and beyond. Personally, as a Muslim, I realize that without the Christians, our region would be far worse politically, economically, and socially. We owe them much and some of us wish we were in power to lead the way for a better future for all the Christians in the region without resorting to violence and terror.
I say to all the Patriarchs and the Cardinals, you all have a heavy responsibility to think about your decision. Associating yourself with mass murderers that have gassed Muslim women and children is not exactly conducive to better relations in the future with the Muslim world. Once you cross that Rubicon, it will be much harder for the next Hariris to help mend the relations.
Look at the Christians of the March 14 Movement in Lebanon to find a common solution based on peaceful co-existence, not anger, or terror. March 14 do not kill Christians or any other people. March 14 does not terrorize Muslims or Christians. Once you commit yourself totally to someone who gassed Muslims and still to this is torturing Muslims in his prisons, you are committing millions of innocent Christians to face the consequences of associating Christianity with terror against Islam.
I say to these leaders that there is a better and brighter future ahead. I urge all the Christian leaders to stand by US allies, and not against them. I urge all the Christian leaders to support the March 14 Movement in Lebanon.
Iran, Assad, and Hezbollah are a weak answer to a difficult question many of you have the right to ask considering the pressures facing you. Some of these pressures Assad concocted deliberately against you to force you to join him (Read this Newsweek article and the US State Department confirming Assad is the one who forged ISIS). History is clear about who are the terrorists and your association with them will not be swept under the rug.
Co-mingling with Iran, Hezbollah, and Assad will not serve the Christian faith in the end. Rafic al-Hariri proved there is a way for all faiths to co-exist peacefully during times of turmoil. This is why Hezbollah and Assad assassinated him. They did it to reach this point in time when you are forced to support their terror. In reality, you do have a choice to walk away from Assad and his ilk.
All American Christians and the American public should boycott this Hezbollah backed conference set-up to dominate the Christian faith in the Levant to be under the control of the terror of Iran, Hezbollah, and Assad.
Finally, my question is, “Where are the liberal Gulf countries in all of this”? Why the Saudis or the Emiratis do not stand behind the Christian leaders to back, morally and financially, a conference in the US as a countermeasure to what Iran is doing? If anything, it is the Sunni assurances the Christian communities need the most; yet, we permit them to slip away to become another lost moon orbiting the gravity of Iran instead of supporting them for all times to be independent minded and most important feel secure and safe in practicing their faith.
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Sent: 7/11/2014 2:10:26 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: in DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANS (IDC) SUMMIT INVITATION WASHINGTON D.C SEPT 9-11
At this moment across the Cradle of Christianity, our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and martyred for their faith. We are told in Hebrews 13 to continue to remember those mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering. As Christians, we are called to band together to shine a bright light on this ongoing, deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and to make it an issue of urgency for our fellow faithful and policymakers alike.
I write today on behalf of the Board of Directors of the newly constituted non-profit, non-partisan organization, In Defense of Christians (IDC). Our mission is threefold: awareness, advocacy and unity.
To that end, I would like to invite you to attend IDC’s inaugural Summit for Middle East Christians, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9,10th and 11th, 2014 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The theme of this first-of-its kind conference is Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began.
Distinguished speakers already committed to attend include His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches, His Eminent Beatitude Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Ambassador Tom Farr of Georgetown University, and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
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This two-day Summit will provide us with an opportunity to join with the Diaspora of the Christian and religious minority communities to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, and to hear from distinguished lay and religious speakers on the front lines of providing relief, shaping public policy, or ministering to the spiritual needs of those suffering at the hands of brutal regimes focused on extinguishing the light of faith in the land where Christ lived, taught and sacrificed for us.
We promise this will be a rewarding time to be informed and, we hope, inspired to stand shoulder to shoulder with those of us who support freedom and faith for all. To confirm your ability to serve as a speaker, or if you have any questions please contact me at 703-501-1024, our IDC’s Executive Director, Andrew Doran, at 734-276-7799.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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