Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population. Daoud Rajiha, the recently assassinated minister of defense, was a Christian, drawn into the government led by Bashar el-Assad, which is dominated by Alawites, another minority group in Syria. Many Christians privately express support for the rebel opposition to the Assad regime. However, the growing appearance of Islamists among the rebel ranks and the ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have given the Syrian Christians pause. “I’d rather have this regime than chaos or Islamists,” said a Christian teacher in Damascus (Economist, July 21).