posted on SOCM Forum Digest No. 3927 - from the Bishop of Aleppo
I feel it is necessary to inform you about the recent situation in Syria and the scene of our troubled country.
As there are different opinions about the future of this country, but in general, there are 4 main scenarios surrounding Syria. The first one is that nobody can guess or imagine what will happen in the country within the coming days or weeks. This is a very dangerous Scenario. The second is the foreign interference; which means that, indirectly, Syria will be controlled by new forces. The third scenario is the civil war; and here everybody is worried about how long this war could still last, who the parties are, or how the weapons would enter the countryâ€¦ and at the same time, we keep thinking: is Syria another Lebanon after 1975?
The fourth and last scenario is the division in the country, which is the worst.
As you may see, the Arab spring did not bring democracy for our country. We believe that changes are coming, when and how are two big questions? Until now, nobody in the Arab world is happy with the models of Libya, Egypt and Yemen.
What we really need today from you is moral support, and continuation of prayers for the stability and tranquility of Syria. One positive thing, about this issue, is that until now the bell of immigration is not yet used. Yes, our Archbishop of Homs told me, last night, that half of Christian families in Homs have left the city, but they are, still, in other cities and villages in Syria. Nobody yet left the country, may be because the US, European and some Arab Embassies have already closed, so people cannot get a visa to travel anywhere. This is a good sign to stop Christian immigration before its even starts.
I will try to keep you informed step by step of any developments and, hopefully changes for the good, stability and tranquility.
In the meantime, let us all we pray for better future and hope for peace.
Mar Gregorios of Aleppo