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Rev. Franklin Graham Praises Oppressive Syrian Government

Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, expressed his support of the Syrian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin's "policies" to aid Syria on Sept. 30.

Graham wrote on Facebook: "Christians in Syria are more vulnerable than ever before with the government in danger of collapsing. The Syrian government has been the one to protect minority groups, including Christians."

"If the Syrian government were to lose power to the Islamic State, not only would there be hundreds of thousands more refugees, but tens and tens of thousands more would be slaughtered by ISIS. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies to uphold Syria’s government might save Christian lives. Pray for the Christians in Syria."

Graham failed to mention that President Bashar Assad's Syrian government has committed war crimes for years, according to the United States, reported Bloomberg View in July.

The U.S. condemned Syria in August for dropping 2,000 barrel bombs on civilians, including women and children.

BBC News reported in August 2013 that it had "seen video and eyewitness testimony that appears to corroborate allegations of chemical weapons' use in the Syrian town of Saraqeb" by the Syrian government.

Stephen Rapp, the U.S. State Department’s ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, compared Syria's government to the Nazis in July 2014, noted The Daily Beast:

This is solid evidence of the kind of machinery of cruel death that we haven’t seen frankly since the Nazis. If it is as it appears thus far, we’re talking about more than 10,000 individuals being killed in custody over the period from 2011 to 2013, including largely men but also some very, very young men and boys and women… It’s shocking to me, as a prosecutor—I’m used to evidence not being so strong.

Bloomberg View reported on Sept. 30 that because Russia has joined the Syrian government in military action, Russia may also be guilty of war crimes.

Russian planes bombed parts of Syria on Sept. 30, and claimed to have hit members of ISIS, but that was strongly denied by the U.S. and questioned by Great Britain, notes The Telegraph.

Russia may have bombed the Free Syria Army, which opposes Assad, but is not the same as ISIS. Russia may have also killed civilians with its bombing, reports ITV News.

The White Helmets, a humanitarian organization in Syria tweeted: "Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed including 3 children and 1 @SyriaCivilDef volunteer. "

Graham did not issue his specific support for Russia bombing Syrian targets in his Facebook posting.

Sources: Facebook, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Bloomberg View (2), ITV News,Twitter, BBC NewsThe Daily Beast / Photo Credit: Leszek Janczuk/Wikimedia


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