Theodoros KarakostasCopyright: Theodoros Karakostas on line
(Founder, Byzantine Cultural Project)
(Founder, Byzantine Cultural Project)
'The following letter of protest is intended to express complete opposition to the administration's announcement that military assistance will be provided to the regime that presently occupies the Serbian province of Kosovo. This is a policy that is morally and politically repugnant, as the Al Qaeda connected KLA government is responsible for the violation of the human rights and religious freedom of Serbs living in Kosovo.
I write as a Greek Orthodox believer and American citizen that abhors the unrelenting bullying of Serbia. While I fully understand that the staff is quite busy, I would be most appreciative if someone at the Embassy could explain to me why Serb suffering in Kosovo for the past nine years has been entirely unopposed by our government, NATO, United Nations, and European Union while any time any Serbs are complicit in some sort of stupid behavior as in the attack on the Embassies there seems to be unanimous condemnation of all Serbs collectively?
I would like to know why there have been no arrests since the Orthodox Monks Father Chariton Lukic and Stefan Purim were decapitated by the Muslims in 1999, and why the KLA leadership has not been held responsible for the March 2004 pogroms in Kosovo that resulted in four days of terror against innocent Serb civilians? I would like to know why the destruction of beautiful Serbian Churches and Monasteries that survived the Ottoman centuries of occupation, the Nazis, and decades of Communism have not survived under the occupation of NATO, the United Nations, and the European Union?
I would like to express my grief at the horrendous suffering that Serbs are enduring in Kosovo. As an Orthodox Christian, my suffering brothers of Kosovo are in my thoughts and prayers during this Lenten season that is being observed by Eastern Orthodox Churches. I am particularly distressed over the destruction of all the Churches, with the Sacred Chalices, Icons, Crucifixes, and Gospels.
As a Greek Orthodox, the events in Kosovo bring to mind the status of the Greek Churches of occupied Cyprus which have been systematically destroyed under the Turkish occupation. I would like to ask why it is that Orthodox Christians are exempt from the protection of international law, and why the vile desecration of Orthodox houses of worship from Kosovo to Cyprus are tolerated? The United States has gone out of its way to placate Muslim sensibilities, why are the religious sensibilities of Orthodox Christians treated with such indifference?
Kosovo is Serbia! This is a historic fact, as is the reality that Serbia was a staunch American ally in two World Wars! The Croats, Bosnian Muslims, and Muslims of Kosovo were collaborators of the Nazis that aided and abetted the Holocaust. It is oxy moronic for the administration to support military aid to the KLA regime while claiming to be waging a "War on terror". The KLA has been hosting Al Qaeda, a fact that has been documented by terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, and by numerous journalists and Balkan experts. '
Reading when people accuse Greek Orthodox and American Orthodox Christians being war mongers makes my stomach churn...This is especially so, when history has known persecutions, even today. We are miraculously 300 million people today, when we could have been few.
My grandmother - she said to me we do not forget what happened but we forgive. This was in answer one time to a question after asking about why Greek people have felt threatened. She never told me what happened, she did not want to tell me and I thank God that I did not know the truth.
There is a misguided influence in our world who serve war lords...When people are trying to bring the truth and reason they are also unpopular. Jesus Christ did not seek popularity or to be liked.
When I learned of the assassination plot against the Ecumical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Holiness Bartholomew is the Archbishop of New Rome - this explains why Jesus Christ appeared in a dream 'with him' the day before the report was published (I read about this three weeks later) Already the Patriarch of Moscow and Russia Alexis has died - his death seemed to be premature.
In asking why Orthodox Christians are not protected by international law - good question. We have been placed under the protection of God, through Jesus Christ and His Authority.
Furthermore, according to the Coventant from Prophet Muhammad that he has given to St. Catherines Greek Orthodox Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai it is written about this:
VI. Whatever churches they are possessed of, no one is to deprive them of them.
VII. Whosoever shall annul any of one of these my decrees, let him know positively that he annuls the ordinance of God.
XI. Neither in time of war shall they take them out of their habitations, nor compel them to go to the wars, nor even then shall they require of them any poll-tax.
'XVII. No one shall bear arms against them, but, on the contrary, the Muslims shall wage war for them.
XVIII. And by this I ordain, that none of my nation shall presume to do or act contrary to this my promise, until the end of the world.'
The British Monarch changed the law to arm Christians.
A law created by Royal Decree makes the law unchangeable except by the authority of God - so effort for people to unite in peace is happening in different ways. It is written one day 'people will beat their swords into ploughshares'. (Isaiah 2:4) Long overdue is global peace and healing.
Peace, love and best wishes
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