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Talk about with you today because this situation in Syria the civil war getting worse and these priests that were and -- archbishops that we're actually.
Kidnapped they were actually coming back from Turkey trying to negotiate the release of other pre.
Other clergy the other parts part of metropolitan Paul you know easy who is the Greek orthodox or commission but the level and archbishop you wanna Ibrahim.
Who is the Syria -- -- -- -- level.
To Syria her vision was helping mr.
-- Paul -- back in.
And then as they were at their last checkpoint they were taken captive.
A deacon was murdered.
Was the father I believe of three children.
They are in captivity they were working on helping to rescue a Catholic Armenian priest and a Greek orthodox priest who have been.
This civil war is really caught Christians in the cross hair I mean this in Syria -- -- that -- the government and the rebels do we know anything about who actually kidnapped them.
Well report so they were kidnapped by chechnyan fighters and then sold later to another group.
I was happening this is you know another -- -- well and it's not the same just the end but obviously when I don't say there is -- internally for a long time.
And the problem in Syria of course is that you have all of these different groups that have opposed the very monolithic outside government.
And I'm not you know congratulating.
Assad government -- the government of his father.
But nevertheless there was a certain stability in Syria over a number of years and now all of these.
Many of the non Assyrian groups are coming in al-Qaeda is clearly come -- And so what's going to happen as the -- government to the outside government falls apart we don't know Christians which represent about you know five.
8% of the Syrian population.
And usually get a certain status under the -- -- because the -- under satellites they themselves are -- minority Palo lights are minority of Shia.
I say I which is a minority of -- so self.
So it's more like that the rebels or any of the well at rubble element -- -- the kidnappers and trying to what is it a bargaining -- -- -- what could be a bargaining tool it could be he's terror or terrorist certainly it's clearly terror kidnapping is terror by anybody.
The definition about what we're praying -- were praying that people on the ground people with who can communicate and forces on the ground.
Can help to at least extricate them from this the problem is how you extricate.
The one point two million Christians living in Syria who want to remain there and this is and -- -- well this goes to a broader issue Christians of the Middle East.
Yes we're disappear in the Middle East which is the birthplace of Christian.
And this is something but what happened in Iraq -- 500000 a million Christians have been fleeing from Iraq the archbishop of Mosul.
-- and Kelly and archbishop was.
Was kidnapped and murdered but we don't hear about this we thankfully we hear about it from being able we don't hear about enough and.
Our press well and I don't want to get political but too much but you gotta talk about the US government's involvement are they helping or are they already are they just being neutral on this.
I don't know at the moment but I will say this I don't think that army and people.
Who are going to kidnap.
And impose a -- another monolithic state talk about the rebels that's right in place of the current monolithic state is the solution.
And I'm not sure that everyone has talked about the Arab Spring I'm not so I'm not sure if it was ever spree.
To be honest with you -- it is say it's an emerging world there are certain players in the Middle East and one of them which has been constructive in the past has been Turkey.
Israel has been constructive and let's be honest here and you have but you have to do sometimes with partners who might not be your favorite people.
And we have to also look at our partners our government's partners in the Middle East and I'm talking from the saudis.
All the way to the Jordanians.
What is their role in in containing.
So all of this extremism because it's extremism.
It's -- is what the problem isn't as long.
The probably are extremists.
And let's just look -- like Alaska but nothing about I don't.
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