Nur ed-Din, Muslim ruler of Syria, based in Damascus, killed all

of the Christians living in Syria’s largest city. Still today, there is a large Christian community in Aleppo.

Most of their descendants live in the western section of the city. During the recent 5 year civil war in

Syria, the Christians supported the government of Bashar al-Assad. They believe that if the Sunni rebels

oust Assad, all non-Muslims will be put to the sword. Sunni rebel shelling destroyed Christian homes and

churches. Most of the Christians are Catholics of the Syria’s Melkite/Greek rite in union with Rome. The

Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo is Jean-Clement Jeanbart, a hero-shepherd of his flock.

The Taj Mahal admired

around the world as a near perfect architectural genius has a dark side. First of all the Taj is not a

product of Indian or Hindu architecture. It is a tomb built for an occupying tyrant’s deceased wife. Its

construction cost the lives of legions of enslaved Hindu Indians. The ruler was Shah Jahan who was

responsible for the mass murder of thousands of Hindus and Sikhs. Shah Jahan whose name means

World King was a member of the Muslim dynasty of Mughal which occupied much of the Indian Sub-

Continent for centuries.

The Islamic Caliphate of Cordova Spain executed many Christian Catholics

who denounced Islam and/or professed belief in Christianity. For example, in 851 AD some of the names

of the martyred are Saints Sabinian, Jeremiah and Habenitus. The Caliph of Cordova at this time was

Rahman II.

On 4

July 1187 the Muslim warrior Saladin trounced a weary, thirsty column of Crusader Knights at Hattin not

far from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret/Lake Tiberius). The surrendering remnant of the Knights

Templar and Knights Hospitalers were all beheaded by the order of Saladin. Saladin went on to

recapture Jerusalem for Islamdom.

On 7 October 1571 The Holy League’s

joint naval squadrons bested the Turkish fleet in the Gulf of Patras near Greece. In the battle the Turks

lost almost all of their nearly 300 ships and most of their sailors. The Holy League included seaman and

soldiers from Spain, Sicily, Naples, Venice and other Italian city-states. The western fleet was

commanded by Don Juan of Austria. This victory at sea enabled the West to keep the Muslim World

from dominating the Mediterranean allowing the West to continue trade and resupply operations. The

famous Spanish author Cervantes lost a hand in this battle. Pope Pius V who had raised money for the

western fleet and who had helped cobble together the coalition which defeated the Turks commerated

7 October as a Catholic feast day.