Video: Beloved Syrian priest killed in Homs

posted at 9:21 am on April 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Kudos to the Washington Post for covering the murder of Fr. Frans van der Lugt, a Jesuit priest who had dedicated his life to the precarious Christian community in Syria. In his fifty years of ministry in Homs, van der Lugt reached out to all communities in Homs, working to fight the sectarian divisions that have erupted anew in his adopted homeland.  His service was so well known that the septuagenarian priest was one of the few who could mediate between the government and rebels to protect his dwindling flock in one of the hardest-hit sectors of the city. Someone wanted to put an end to that possibility, and killed Fr. van der Lugt to do it:

The priest was “a Syrian among Syrians” who refused to abandon his adopted people even when it meant risking his own life, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said. In a statement, the Vatican called van der Lugt a “man of peace” who wanted to remain faithful to the people to whom he had dedicated his spiritual service.

Van der Lugt had repeatedly called for a solution to end the suffering of residents in besieged areas of Homs, which has been cut off from food supplies by a government siege and is regularly bombarded. His monastery sat in the Bustan al-Diwan area of the Old City, one of the worst-hit districts in a city that has been crippled by the three-year-old Syrian war, and one of the few still held by the opposition.

Humanitarian workers said van der Lugt worked tirelessly to negotiate humanitarian access to the area ahead of the evacuation of 1,400 people by the United Nations in February, when Western-backed peace talks in Geneva turned the international spotlight onto Homs.

“He was one of the very few people who could cross the front lines in Homs,” Erksoussi said. “Whoever killed him is hindering any effort for peace. Whoever killed him knew he had good relations with almost everybody.”

Van der Lugt was shot in the head in a “premeditated act,” the Rev. Ziad Hillal, another Jesuit who lived with him, said in an interview with Vatican Radio. A video posted online showed the priest’s robed body being laid in a coffin.

One of the few news services besides the Post to cover the assassination of Fr. van der Lugt was al-Jazeera:

Less than three months ago, Fr. van der Lugt pleaded for outside intervention to stop the war and protect the civilians caught in the middle of it — especially those in the nearly-two-year blockade of Homs:

“Do you think the international community will act while we are dying out of hunger or will it keep silent?” Van de Lugt thought it was “not possible” that the world would keep silent. “We love life and love living it,” he responded in what were his last words on this message, “and we hate to die out of agony.” Perhaps the assassin thought he could silence van der Lugt with a bullet, but perhaps we can prove him wrong. Let’s see how many other people pick up this peacemaker’s challenge and at least let his words be heard.


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Terrible

verbaluce on April 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

According to the governor of Homs Governorate, Talal al-Barazi, he was killed by extremists from the Al-Nusra Front.

Aren’t these some of the “heroes” McCain and O wanted to help?

mankai on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Coming to America.

BuckeyeSam on April 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

“He was one of the very few people who could cross the front lines in Homs,” Erksoussi said. “Whoever killed him is hindering any effort for peace. Whoever killed him knew he had good relations with almost everybody.”

But hey, at least the government gave up its chemical weapons, right? /

Happy Nomad on April 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Aren’t these some of the “heroes” McCain and O wanted to help?

mankai on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Yep: These are McCain’s freedom fighters.

From Realclearpolitics:

McCain doesn’t really know to whom he is eager to give sophisticated weapons. Clearly the most effective and dedicated fighters are to some degree Islamist in ideology, ranging from Muslim Brotherhood affiliates to al-Qaeda franchises like the al Nusra front, which has already pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda headman Ayman al-Zawahri. Jihadists from Europe and across the Middle East are streaming to Syria, where they are getting valuable battlefield experience. The so-called “moderate” Syrian Free Army, the force comprising mostly army defectors, has made it clear they will cooperate with the al-Nusra fighters and anybody else committed to destroying Assad’s regime. Do we really think that if they win, they will then turn their guns on their allies?

Happy Nomad on April 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Red line…

albill on April 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

For all we know the US provided the murder weapon giftwrapped with a few billion in aid.

Buttercup on April 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

..but..but…MINIMUM WAGE!!

Ricard on April 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

OT: Too bad this doesn’t happen more frequently to terrorists.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/10739277/Device-exploded-in-bombers-face-after-he-forgot-about-clocks-changing.html

BuckeyeSam on April 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

And thanks in part to Obama, Syria will remain in the Russian camp, and Assad will remain in power, and all of this will be pretty much for nothing.

claudius on April 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

America under Obama, supplying al Qaeda with TOW missiles for a job well done in Syria. Eighty more Christians murdered yesterday.

Hening on April 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

God Bless you Fr. van der Lugt and may God comfort those who grieve for you…May your example of service lift up our spirits toward the Lord.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

We are already in an age in which you cannot openly practice Christianity in the United States without government interference. It won’t be much longer before we have to go into hiding.

ConstantineXI on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Doesn’t matter if he was a dedicated priest or a nominal Christian. The Quran mandates that he and all like him be killed by Muslims.

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

And this “religion,” which is not a religion but a bandit code, is legal here in the US. And abu Barack bin Soetoro Hussein bin 0b00ba said that, although the US is not longer a Christian nation, it is now one of the largest Muslim nations.

Verbaluce…? Vebaluce…?

Akzed on April 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

And thanks in part to Obama, Syria will remain in the Russian camp, and Assad will remain in power, and all of this will be pretty much for nothing. claudius on April 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

So whom would you prefer to be in power, Al Nusra Front?

Stop and think why you even care who runs Syria.

Akzed on April 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I generally loathe qualifying my opinions, but having lived in Saudi Arabia for four years…

…here goes…

If you are not a Muslim (I don’t care what or who you are…if you are not a Muslim) and you are living in the essential Muslim Middle East…GET THE F OUT!

There is no protection for you, no safety and no policeman to protect you. It is a complete no-go area.

Were I a Christian in Iraq or Egypt or wherever, my Priority #1 would be to escape that Muslim P*sshole ASAP. Like, today if possible.

Don’t mean to sound insensitive and all, but like swimmers who get munched by Whites off the coast of Australia or prople who plummet to their deaths climbing Everest…What were you thinking?

You live in a swamp of Muzzies. They are born and bread to hate you.

LEAVE! LEAVE NOW!

Christians in Pakistan, for Cripes sake. Why don’t you just snort heroin and harass crocodiles?!

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Further to my previous post, I would fully support a fast-track immigration program for Christians and Jews (and any non-Muslims) trying to enter the US from predominantly Muslim countries.

They’re not a problem (provided they aren’t wanted for murder or anything), and the Muzzies are at their backs.

German families vying for shelter because they can’t home-school their kids in Hitlerville…not really my concern.

Christians and Jews in the middle of 10,000,000 Allah-worshipping screw-heads…Um, yeah. That’s a call for sanctuary right there.

PS: Todd Starnes is a douche.

Thank you. The end.

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Safe to say a Muslim killed him. Maybe an American Muslim on a jihad holiday out of Dearborn. You would never be allowed to know that though, would you? All your visiting Jihadists will be allowed “home” won’t they? Turn a blind eye to them for the sake of social cohesion, as the dhimmies in Britanistan call it.

BL@KBIRD on April 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I can’t believe I wrote “born and bread”

I blame the bourbon.

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Doesn’t matter if he was a dedicated priest or a nominal Christian. The Quran mandates that he and all like him be killed by Muslims.

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

And this “religion,” which is not a religion but a bandit code, is legal here in the US. And abu Barack bin Soetoro Hussein bin 0b00ba said that, although the US is not longer a Christian nation, it is now one of the largest Muslim nations.

Verbaluce…? Vebaluce…?

Akzed on April 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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Don’t push him, he’ll get around to it . . . . . right Verbaluce ? !
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Terrible

verbaluce on April 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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I guess that’s better than nothing.

listens2glenn on April 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Demographics of Syria

74% Sunni Muslims
16% Other Muslims (including Alawi, Ismailis, Shi’a and The Druze)
10% Christians (various denominations)

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

So much for the “religion of peace” respecting other “followers of the book.”

Socratease on April 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

“He was one of the very few people who could cross the front lines in Homs,” Erksoussi said. “Whoever killed him is hindering any effort for peace. Whoever killed him knew he had good relations with almost everybody.”

Those who wish to spread chaos so that they can then impose their version of order kill precisely this type of man. Whether Al Queda assasinating Amhed Shah Messud in Afghanistan or Russia’s provocateurs spreading chaos in Ukraine, they are just different faces on the same coin.

KW64 on April 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I can’t believe I wrote “born and bread”

I blame the bourbon.

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Well, that’s more honest than most. Poor autocorrect gets a bad rap around this place. ;0

Happy Nomad on April 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Fascism by any other name is still Fascism, but some forms are more murderous than others. The Progs here are a work in ‘progress’…

vnvet on April 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM

No surprises ever come from the religion of pieces.

Jaibones on April 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

The Vatican has been engaged in negotiations for sanctuary for Syrian refugees and an ending for the crisis.

link to info on humanitarian efforts

http://www.news.va/en/news/catholic-humanitarian-organisations-work-in-syria

Without an International co-ordinated effort it’s difficult to move the refugees.

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

“A new video posted on YouTube earlier this week appears to show a Syrian rebel fighter launching a U.S.-made anti-tank missile at what is said to be an enemy tank, raising new questions about whether Washington has begun to supply powerful weapons to groups trying to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

If the TOW missile system were supplied by the United States — and analysts cautioned Monday that its pedigree was unclear — it would signal a dramatic change in the Obama administration’s policy towards arming Syrian rebels.

The U.S. government has been reluctant to supply heavy weapons such as anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles, which could be used to shoot down military or civilian aircraft, for fear they’ll fall into the hands of religious extremists. The fighter in the video appears to be a member of Harakat Hazm, said two analysts, which is part of the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group generally seen as more moderate than some of the Islamist fighters who are also trying to overthrow Assad.

The video, which was uploaded to the site on Saturday, April 5, shows a man in a black sweater firing a TOW missile at what a narrator claims is a Syrian tank at a checkpoint in the village of Heesh, according to an analyst who translated the video from Arabic. In the video, the missile smashes into the target, which disappears in a cloud of smoke as unseen militants chant “Allahu akhbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” The TOW system was built by the United States and has been in used by the American military since the Vietnam War. It’s also used by around three dozen other militaries around the world.

But the TOW missile has never shown up in the hands of rebel fighters in Syria, analysts said. That in and of itself marked a potential shift in the course of Syria’s three-year old civil war. Regardless of who supplied the weapon, it could give the rebels a leg up against Syrian military tanks. A video uploaded on April 1 also appears to show a Free Syrian Army fighter from the same group firing a TOW missile….”

http://weaselzippers.us/182117-video-for-first-time-syrian-rebels-seen-with-american-made-tow-missile/

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Further to my previous post, I would fully support a fast-track immigration program for Christians and Jews (and any non-Muslims) trying to enter the US from predominantly Muslim countries.

They’re not a problem (provided they aren’t wanted for murder or anything), and the Muzzies are at their backs.

German families vying for shelter because they can’t home-school their kids in Hitlerville…not really my concern.

Christians and Jews in the middle of 10,000,000 Allah-worshipping screw-heads…Um, yeah. That’s a call for sanctuary right there.

PS: Todd Starnes is a douche.

Thank you. The end.

thejackal on April 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Many European public schools are now majority Muslim. There is danger that some European Nations will become majority Muslim in a few decades maybe even sooner.

I am worried for the German family. Think of how easy it was to deport them as opposed to uncle Omar. Islam has never given up the Jihad, they have just changed tactics to take advantage of Political Correctness.

jpmn on April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife) — Aid workers remain concerned over dozens of mainly elderly Christians in north-west Syria, after Islamic militants overran a Christian town, killing some 80 people, and forcing thousands of local residents to flee.

At least 13 Christians were beheaded, churches were desecrated and homes looted, said the Barnabas Fund, which supports Christians in heavily Islamic nations.
~

This was done to fulfill a tenet of their bandit terror code, the Quran.

Akzed on April 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Obama’s Arab Spring on display for all to see.

portlandon on April 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Terrible

verbaluce on April 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Killed by the forces the obama Administration egged on and funded into a rebellion. Popped him in the side of his head. This Dutch Priest had lived there since 1966 and was loved by Christian and Muslim Syrians.

hawkdriver on April 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

obama and Hillary, and the other scumhags who run obama, are responsible for the Arab ‘Spring’.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Assad is a bad guy but the rebels (some imported from other countries) are worse. Assad, with all his faults, is the more moderate choice. “Arab Spring” is nothing but a squishy feel-good concept that no-nothing Americans latch on to in hopes of world peace. Egypt, Libya, now Syria….relatively moderate leaders getting replaced by despots whose main goal is to spread fundamental Islam to all corners of the earth. The Christians in the Middle East pay for our ignorance. The refugees from Iraq, Syria and parts of Egypt will never be allowed home. At this rate the only people in the Middle East in the next few decades will be fundamentalist Muslims and a few Jews.

ImmigrantsWife on April 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

ImmigrantsWife on April 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

This video is long. But definitely worth a watch.

Not gory. Mostly interviews with FSA rank and file.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5f4_1396921127

hawkdriver on April 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This is what muslims do when they have a critical mass population. They start killing just as the Qur’an tells them to do.

jake49 on April 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Religion of Piece(s).

famous amos on April 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I have not heard our president yet condemn this act. I don’t think he has uttered one word concerning all the Christians being killed in Nigeria, Syria, Egypt and elsewhere at the hands of these mooslems. Everytime the muuslims act and obama does nothing my rage just increases. I realize we get the leaders we deserve but this obama is just awful.

garydt on April 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

“Do you think the international community will act while we are dying out of hunger or will it keep silent?” Van de Lugt thought it was “not possible” that the world would keep silent.

…”The World Leader” is too busy campaigning and raising cash for himself and his friends and distributing contracts to his cronies in this country…and fighting against those evil Republicans!…and then…he has to golf!

KOOLAID2 on April 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

“Van de Lugt thought it was “not possible” that the world would keep silent.”

Obama to Van de Lugt: “Hey, you effed up! You trusted me!!!”

Tom Servo on April 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I have no doubt this man was killed because of his effective witness to the love of Christ. The darkness can’t stand the light, and darkness is endemic to Islamic lands. Since Islam can’t compete with Christ on merit, it must resort to the desperation of force. May God grant him rest, and even more fruit now that he’s gone.

paul1149 on April 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Ed, I hope to live long enough to see Fr. van der Lugt’s canonization.

Ward Cleaver on April 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Ed, I hope to live long enough to see Fr. van der Lugt’s canonization.

Ward Cleaver on April 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I definitely consider him a martyr, Ward. Do you see him as an actual Saint?

hawkdriver on April 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM