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"It doesn’t take much," Landis said. "Christians were driven out of Anatolia before the first world war. They’ve been driven out of Iraq. They’ve been driven out of Palestine/Israel. The Copts have been getting the bad end of the stick in Egypt. The Syrian regime has been taken advantage of Christians feeling their days are numbered."
Christians are still hoping they can avoid taking sides or taking up arms.
"We don’t care who is the ruler of this country," said Amar Kassar, a Catholic priest from Qatana, a town west of the capital. Kassar was speaking to Sky News.
Kassar was severely injured by a mortar in a Damascus neighborhood last month.
"We are against the formation of an Islamic state. We want a Syrian secular state for all Syrians," he said.
(Stephen Starr writes for USA Today. Contributing to this report: Abdulrahman al-Masri in Amman, Jordan and Janelle Dumalaon in Berlin.)
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