Senator Rand Paul shed some light on the situation of Christians in Syria on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday.
He said while the United States was planning on to bringing down the Syrian government, Bashar al-Assad is actually the one who has been ‘protecting’ Christians in the country for a long time now and the US-backed rebels have been constantly attacking and killing them.
“I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians, and all of a sudden we'll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted,” said Paul probably referring to the recent Egyptian massacres following Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.
Paul continued, “The best outcome for all the major powers would be a peaceful transition in government and Russia could influence that if they told Assad.”
Christians in Syria make up about 10% of the population. Ever since the civil war started in 2011, the minority sect has been wary of the al-Qaeda-style rebel uprising, fighting against Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Christians fear that they would be marginalized and prosecuted if Assad is overthrown.
Just last month, eleven people, mostly Christians, were gunned down near a town in central Syria by rebel fighters.
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Watch Rand Paul’s complete statement on defending Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the video above.
Unlike Paul, several other U.S. politicians like John McCain want to depose the Syrian President in order to put an end to the civil war. Read the following link for more information: