A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting Allahu Akbar, or God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.
"They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village," said the resident, reached by telephone from neighboring Jordan.These moderates were probably just trying to shout a friendly greeting to the Christians inside the village as they came into town and the Christians overreacted. "Thank God, thank God"! Right Mr. McCain?
CNN is reporting on this as well, asking the question, "What the capture will mean for the Christian residents waits to be seen". For a possible answer let's return to the Yahoo/AP article:
Another resident, a Christian man, said he saw militants forcing some Christian residents to convert to Islam. "I saw the militants grabbing five villagers Wednesday and threatening them (saying): 'Either you convert to Islam, or you will be beheaded,'" he said.Since such a thing is not conjecture--it's been done in the past--the Obama administration really needs to explain why beheading and forced conversion is somehow not as bad as a chemical weapons death.
Yahoo has already scrubbed "Allahu Akbar" out of the story. The original was the blockquote above, also seen on Gateway Pundit's story this morning. Only 30 minutes later somebody went in and stripped those words out. Here's what it looks like now:
A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.They indicate no updates to the story. One could ask who, and why, but what difference, at this point, does it make?