The New York Times has an interesting article exploring the position of the Russian Orthodox Church in relation to the ongoing strife in Syria.
As Russia’s government resists calls for outside intervention in Syria, the Russian Orthodox Church is doing likewise.
And why are they adopting this position?
Because they are fearful for the survival of Christian minority groups should Assad fall and Islamic fundamentalism fills the void.
And perhaps they are right to be fearful.
Last month Revolutionary fighters expelled 50,000 Christians from embattled city of Homs and I’ve already blogged a couple of times on the fears for Christians should there be revolutionary change.