Why doesn't this go without saying?
an-Nahar on the Defense of Mhardeh (from Notes on Arab Orthodoxy).
Abu Fahd affirms that bearing arms is not part of their Christian belief, which calls for mutual forgiveness and peace, however he states that "we were compelled to bear arms in order to defend our history, our civilization and our dignity. We did not choose this of our own free will, but we will not permit our land and our families to be violated." As regards the Church's approval of their bearing arms he says, "even if the Church does not openly support bearing arms, she is with us implicitly because our existence is part of her existence."Why do Christians require an apologetic just to stay alive and hold on to their land? Do Church hierarchs realize the Church is contiguous with her people, and no people, no Church?