On September 5, Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels began waging their second day of war against Christians in the village of Maaloula, while The New York Times reported brutalities committed by other rebels against captured Syrian soldiers.

Geneva convention demands do not even enter into the minds of these men, yet they are the same forces Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has demanded the U.S. support and they are those with whom the United States will at least tacitly ally if President Obama launches a strike against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

As the battle in the village of Maaloula became entrenched on September 4, insurgents from Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front surrounded a church. Judging from the behavior of other Islamists against Christians, the watching world expected the church to be burned to the ground. Instead, the insurgents retreated for the night and returned on September 5. They now war against the Christians who hold the village.

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