Rev 6:3-4 NCV When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace (prosperity, rest) from the earth and to make people kill each other (butcher, slaughter, to maim violently, in streets), and he was given a big sword (assassins sword, terrorist, loud, mighty, sore afraid).
“Hardly a day goes by when our senses are not bludgeoned by some new outbreak of terrorism in the Middle East. Despite our best efforts at making and keeping the peace, political, economic, and religious tensions often lead to unrest, violence, and riots.”
-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”
More than two thousand eight hundred Syrians fled across the Turkish border to get away from the Syrian government’s wholesale slaughter of its own citizens. It took 44 mini-buses to transport the escaping Syrians from the Turkish border to a refugee camp in Reyhanli, Turkey.
“The army is destroying buildings and bombing them till they turn to charcoal,” said Mohammed Khatib, a refugee from Kastanaz, a Syrian town that used to have a population of 20,000 people. “The army wants people to move out of their houses. If the residents refuse, they destroy them with the people inside.”
As the attacks on Kastanaz intensified by the Syrian Government’s air and ground troops, Mr. Khatib said he was forced to leave. “For the past three days there have been bodies lying in the streets. Around 200 have been killed. The town is now abandoned. It took us two days to get to Turkey with our women and children.” He saw soldiers in one of the villages kill a man right in front of his family.
The sound of heavy fighting could be heard on the Turkish side of the border all day long. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inferred that Assad had not been honest in the past about pledges to halt the fighting. “We will see by what he does, only after April 10, if he is being true and honest now,” he said, talking about the U.N. peace plan agreement.
Turkish leaders are calling this massacre of civilians, a humanitarian disaster. Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey considered setting up a “safe” or “buffer” zone along the border, but that would require sending in troops to secure that area and it might broaden the conflict and create further problems between the Damascus government and Turkey.
Some of the refugees were escorted 20 km. to the Turkish border by members of the loosely organized Free Syrian Army. One of the FSA soldiers was killed on the way.
Meanwhile the U.N. is pressuring Assad’s forces to desist. Kofi Annan announced, “We must silence the tanks, helicopters, mortars, guns and stop all other forms of violence too – sexual abuse, torture, executions, abductions, destruction of homes, forced displacement and other abuses, including on children.”
Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari alluded to a possible loophole in the U.N. plan for peace; it does not mention pulling the police out of the combat areas by April 10, because “the deployment of the police is to protect the civilians.” However, the opposition states that both the army and the police have been responsible for murdering civilians during this past year in order to squelch the demonstrations to oust President Assad and install a democratic government.
The United Nations says Assad’s forces have killed more than 9,000 people this past year in an attempt to put an end to the pro-democracy demonstrations across Syria. U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari admitted to the assembly last week that 6,044 had died, including 2,566 soldiers and police.