Syria's Christians can be catalysts for peace
What if the regime fell today? This is the question that occupies all Syrians, especially Syrians who are in one of the minorities.
In Iraq, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, western allies admitted that they had no postwar plan and many have paid the price for this – especially the Iraqi minorities; since Saddam fell, hundreds of thousands of Christians as well as Muslims have fled Iraq in the face of sectarian violence and terrorism. Now, people are calling for a regime change in Syria without a clear plan for what should happen next. Should the minorities pay the same price in Syria?
Syrians are a demographic mosaic that includes the Sunni majority plus Christians, Druze, Alawites and Kurds. Just like every other group in Syrian society, the Christians have a range of attitudes to what is happening: some support the regime, many have refused to be drawn into the conflict, and others are active members of the opposition.
I think that perhaps 95% of Syrians – especially the Christians – believe violence is not the way to bring change to Syria.Continue reading at www.guardian.co.uk