Monday, March 19, 2012

Melkite Catholic Patriarch against Intervention in Syria

The entire article, in English, can be found here.


He also cautioned Western observers of the Syrian conflict against developing a distorted idea of what is happening in his country.

“We have much disinformation, misinformation and manipulation,” he noted. “In Damascus, I really live in peace, (with) schools, churches, businesses and so on. The suburbs are sometimes calm, sometimes not. And there are some times when it is very dangerous, other times when it is not.”

During the March 15 press conference at the Melkite headquarters in Rome, he indicated that some Western media outlets should scrutinize their sources more carefully.

“I have first-hand information,” he told reporters, contrasting this with “information from the television.”

“My best friend, a Maronite bishop named Paul Zayah, has a nephew who lives in Dubai. Walking in the street on his way to work, he hears behind him a person who picks up his cellphone and says, 'I'm in Homs now. I can see how the army of the regime is attacking the houses, women, mothers and children.'”

“That's 'news' from a 'primary source,' fresh from the town of 'Homs,' – but he was in Dubai,” the Melkite patriarch said. “And this goes on and on.”

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