Since 9/11 most of the conspiracy theories peddled by Islamists have centred around similar accusations; namely that the destruction of the Twin Towers was orchestrated by the US Government in order to justify a "crusade against Islam." At the time and since the western media have not given any credence to such ridiculous and immoral accusations yet now when the same accusations are being made by destabilising elements in Syria all we get from the BBC is that "we have been unable to investigate such accusations." One has to ask whether or not the BBC has made any corresponding attempt to investigate the claims of US complicity in 9/11? Of course not! No democracy would do such a thing. I don't believe so either ... but neither do I believe such a thing of the Syrian government.
The key to understanding all of this is in the fracture in Islam between extreme Sunni and Shia elements ... Christians being caught in the Middle from Egypt to Baghdad. This is fairly good coverage of this ... here.
Everybody mostly now forgets that before the Gulf Wars there was a long and bloody conflict between Iraq (at that time largely Sunni led by a secular Baathist regime which persecuted its Shia and Kurdish citizens) and Iran (Shia ... with a long grudge match against the Sunni). It is no accident, therefore, that we are now witnessing the return of Al Quaeda (Sunni) backed insurgencies in BOTH Syria and Iraq simultaneously.... the Americans now having left Iraq and about to leave Afghanistan. In Egypt the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood are mobilising to Islamicise one of the few secular, democratic multicultural states left in the Middle East.
Why does the west get this so, so wrong, time after time? I have referred before on this Blog to two possible answers to this question. Western leaders ... stupid or cunning? In the Telegraph article linked above Fraser Nelson refers to the lack of concern in the UK Foreign Office about the plight of Christians being caught in the middle of this terrible internecine strife. It's hardly surprising if the naive liberal narrative of the so called "Arab Spring" is to believed. It leaves the sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shia extremists out of the picture altogether. So, I must reluctantly conclude, "cunning, not stupid." That being the case, WHO is the "fox on the side" and what is his game? I genuinely don't know the answer to that question ... but it is the only question worth asking right now.
In the meantime Christians in the Middle and Near East are preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, God Himself who became Incarnate in order to bring an end to sin and death. The real danger now is that we shall be pushed out by the Salafists who want a "pure" Egypt and Sunni insurgents in Syria and Iraq for whom Christians are simply seen as an alien element ... even though the Church predates Islam there by several centuries. Will the west lift a finger to protect us? I think not. The land of our Lord's birth and its environs may well become a "Christian free zone" within a generation ... something that not even the Ottomans achieved.