by Jonathan Azaziah
Happy Easter to all and the happiest of Happy Easters to the unbreakable Christians of Syria! For 2,000 years, you have elegantly existed, peacefully practiced, beautifully blossomed and steadfastly safeguarded the land of Sham and even after ‘Israel’, NATO and the GCC unleashed the Takfiri terrorist scourge on your Jasmine-scented ancestral birthplace, still you survive; still you thrive; still you show the Walking Dead that is Wahhabiism and its adherents what it means to be alive. The hordes of hatred demolished your churches but you rebuilt them. They burned the artwork of the Virgin Mary (A.S.) but you restored it. They tried to turn you against Dr. Bashar al-Assad but you stuck by your President. You are as resilient as Al-Masih (A.S.) was in the face of the Pharisaic vipers. To the Aramaic beauties of Maaloula and Saidnaya in the Damascus countryside. To the breathtaking Wadi al-Nasara (Valley of the Christians) in Homs. To the vibrant Armenian neighborhoods of liberated Aleppo City and the storybook Armenian town of Kessab in Latakia. To the gregarious Greeks nestled away in Tartous. To the sublime Assyrians of Hasakah. And so many more. Again I say HAPPY EASTER! The Syrian Arab Republic is the backbone of the Resistance Axis and you, o’ Christians, are the backbone of Syria’s pluralism. As Christ (A.S.) rose, you rise like him. And we, your brothers who love ‘Isa (A.S.) and Maryam (A.S.) with the same passion that burns in your hearts, will always be by your side celebrating with you, smiling with you, laughing with you and when the time comes that we must stare down oblivion, defend you with our very lives. The New Pharisees shall not divide us.