The leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Syria said that if the U.S. were to launch an attack on the country, it would be “a criminal act” and would “reap more victims as Islamic Extremists continue to flow into Syria.
Gregory also condemned the influx of weapons and money into Syria:
“For the last two and a half years, Eastern and Western countries have not stopped sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents and Salafist fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals, who have fallen on Syria like a destructive new flood, far more dangerous even than destructive chemical weapons, whose use on our Syrian soil we reject on any pretext whatever.”
The Greek Catholic Church has approximately 1.6 million members in Syria and Lebanon, and in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Sudan.
Gregory III, who was installed as patriarch of Antioch in 2000, adds his name to those throughout the world – including an overwhelming majority of Americans – who not only oppose a U.S. strike on Syria, but fear the consequences should it occur.