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Putin the ‘Only Defender of Christianity’ Bashar Assad

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Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia’s Vladimir Putin as the “only defender of Christian civilization one can trust.”

French President Francois Hollande addressing nation after Paris terrorist attacks
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“When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on,” Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.

The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level.

Syria will only share intelligence information with France if Paris changes its policies in the region, President Assad said.

"If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism," he noted in the interview carried out the day after Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

"You have to first change policy so that it is based on one criteria, to be part of an alliance that joins countries only fighting terrorism and not supporting them," Assad added.

More than 220,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war.

More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other — as well as jihadist militants from Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front.

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  • sophm0e38
    Britain used Chritian missionaries to colonise nations (in order to steal resources) along with co-opting monarchs. The US and vassals do exactly the same thing except this time it's Islam instead of Christianity.

    President Putin is one of very few leaders to even talk about the Chritian faith though Cameron did use it as an election ploy.
  • I think u too,assad
  • kyle_anderson
    Religion is a personal thing and has no business in government affairs.
  • mounir.assi
    Mr Assad is 100% right, Mr Putin is the only leader who has always done in the way that all human been to be on the right values of GOD, the extermination of all Christians in the Midlle East is a plot bt the West. Irak,Syria,Egypt,Palestine.The only contry who is trying to avoid that is Lebanon, with all the problems they are facing.
    Mr Putin try to tell the whole Humanity that following the ideas of GOD are the best, and not your system(gays and lesbians etc...) .
  • armorin reply tokyle_anderson(Show commentHide comment)
    kyle_anderson, we remember that Christ-the-King is the Ruler, the Owner of this world, and He must reign, He will reign, and we little men, sinners but His creatures, we need God and should UNDO what the French Revolution did: impose an order which goes against God's Order. Very simple to comprehend that.
  • Viva Volodya !
    VERY VERY TRUE - the cryptos like wellby and morris cerullo, and many in the RC hierarchy have infiltrated our Western churches to the highest levels.
  • elsa.zardiniin reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
    armor, Exactly. Right. Thank you. And, thank you Mr. President Assad. FINALLY. This is the first time I see a PRESIDENT or a LEADER say "Vladimir Putin is the only defender of Christian civilization one can trust". So true. So true.
  • armorin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa.zardini, I salute Pres. Assad for having had the courage to utter these words. So true. I do not know much, but I do know that in Syria (and Iraq) the Christians were protected, whereas in revolutionary France, since 1789, the Church and God are combated, they wanted to eliminate both, and France will unfortunately have to re-pay quite a lot for cold-bloodedly, working to destroy Christianity up to this day. What the French Gov.does now is to be treated with contempt: they want to eliminate all traces of Christianity everywhere in the world, we must never forget that. Yet they are a great People, a great Nation when they were under God's rule and protection. Am all for traditional France, do not get me wrong. But this lot in power now....They have to go. The carnival is about to be over. A new Order is being established. I now have plenty of Hope, and more, certainty.
  • elsa.zardiniin reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
    armor, well said. We shall see. Something of the "fille aînée de l'Église" ought to remain in France, as tiny and insignificant as it could be. At least, it would seem that God is granting us a reprieve, quite undeserved, though.
  • armorin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa.zardini, That 'little something' (la Fille ainee de l'Eglise) will ,by God's will ,remain in that once great country, and she will be glorified again once she is back under God's Protection and goes back to her Roots which are Christian, that will come as surely as the sun rises in the east. That Providential man and that great country will have, ARE HAVING , a huge part in the re-Christianization of the world. I am not dreaming, I know what I see, and my morale has never been so high as it is now. Finally, we have, we possess supernatural powers which all the vilest enemies of Christianity do not... the vilest enemies are within the fortress...On our knees, we pray and implore God to help us all. Volo.
  • tobi.gelando
    Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad have don more for the Christian World as all leader's from the west together !!!
    If in Africa hundert's of Christian be murder no western leader call's for any kind of action or set a symbol for the murder people !!!!
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