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Syriac Catholic patriarch issues Christmas message, calls for end of sanctions

December 29, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: The US and EU have imposed sanctions on the Assad regime. The patriarch described sanctions as akin to “crimes against humanity because they target the most vulnerable segments of a nation. Poor and defenseless people are the ones who pay the price.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 29, 2017 11:54 AM ET USA

    From the cited article: "In the name of the so called “democracy”, hundreds of thousands were killed, millions were uprooted and the land destroyed. Western politicians allied with regional countries known to be among the most undemocratic and retrograde regimes, kept fomenting sectarian conflicts and financing bands of terrorists in the name of Allah...The family of nations must look for other ways to deal with a legitimate country recognized by the United Nations." This eye witness I believe.