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Cardinal Boutros Rai: The behaviour of Western countries is shameful

2013-09-26

The way the International Community is tackling the Syrian crisis is disappointing, thats the opinion of Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai. The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch said that only the Pope has made a solid statement against war. He believes that the profitable weapons trade explains the silence of most countries.

CARD.  BECHARA BOUTROS RAI
Maronite Patriarch of Antioch
"What is happening in Egypt, Syria and Iraq is that a lot of Eastern and Western countries support fundamentalist groups, when the truth is that in general Muslims are moderate. It is sad to see that some countries of the West and East give material, economic and diplomatic support to groups like Al-Qaeda, Al-Nostra and the Jihadists, or the Muslim Brotherhood... And all in the name of democracy!”

Cardinal Rai is worried about the coexistence of Christians and Muslims. They have lived together for more than a thousand years, and he fears their good relationships may disappear. That's why the Cardinal said he feels disappointed with the way some traditionally Christian countries pursue war instead of peace.

CARD.  BECHARA BOUTROS RAI
Maronite Patriarch of Antioch
"The promotion of war by the West and East is killing what took us 1,400 years to build.” FLASH "It is sad that the Western countries, that consider themselves to be Christian, have lost their morals. They just make profits from the weapons trade and create new problems. It is sad, and also very shameful, that the Western world stands in such a situation in the XXI Century.”

Cardinal Rai is the head of one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. For him, wars promoted by Western countries are responsible for the massive exiles of Christians in the Middle East. He added that most of the Maronites of the Church live out of Lebanon.


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