I’ve been all Ted Cruz all the time lately but some first rate blogging/reporting is taking place thousands of miles away as Lee Stranahan works from Beirut. He’s making stories on the plane:
On the plane into Beirut, I sat next to a man named Fadi, a Lebanese native and Maronite Christian who was now living in France. His father had passed away in Lebanon a few months ago and now the family was getting together for a memorial.
We talked about the strikes by the Syrian rebels agains the town of Maaloula that I’ve written about for Breitbart News. I explained how most Americans weren’t really paying much attention to what was going on in Syria until President Barack Obama began to talk about attacking it recently. Fadi asked me:
“The Christians in the United States, do they care about what’s happening to the Christians here?”
Well, that’s the question for Americans, isn’t it? That’s the question for you, really.
In the city
At one point, I was walking on Hamra Street, which is one of the main streets in Beirut for shopping and restaurants when I was approached by some kids with shoeshine buckets. They didn’t speak English at all but I understood them saying ‘Syria’ and pointing to themselves. I don’t know for sure that they are from Syria but I know that’s what they said.
In the cabs:
In this part of our conversation, the cab driver makes a great point about not the hypocrisy of complaining about America and capitalism while reaping the benefits of it. His analogy is about a well of water as an analogy for what America brings to the world. He says if you don’t want to use those things, fine; don’t drink from the well. But he doesn’t understand using those things and at the same time throwing a stone in the well.
And in the Churches:
I planned my Middle East trip with to Sundays in the schedule because I wanted to get some sense of Middle Eastern Christiandom was like. So Sunday morning I dressed up and went to the local church, right by St. George’s Hospital.
And he’s breaking news:
In an exclusive interview with independent American journalist Lee Stranahan, Syrian refugees say the attack on the predominantly Christian village of Maaloula was aided by Muslims living in the town.
The plight of Christians in the Syrian Civil War is a huge story and Lee Stranahan is covering it in person. it’s a story worth following & supporting.
Closing thought: The next time you hear the Kimberlin Crowd hitting Stranahan reread those posts and ask who you trust to report facts.