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Extremism can cause Christianity to be eradicated from the Middle East says an American priest


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Extremists are bent on eradicating Christianity from the Middle East, says Cardinal O’Brien.

According to details, 76-year-old, Cardinal O’Brien a US born priest says “The forces that are at work now are intent on eradicating the Christian civilisation, nothing less. Christians in the Holy Land face “daily horrors,” while “our public is very bias about the whole thing. Unless we face the facts, this radicalism, this extremism, is going to keep spreading.”

Moreover, Cardinal O’Brien, had ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, is of the opinion that the US public is ‘very bias’ about ISIS. “We’ve had an opportunity to stop those forces” and “we did nothing to stop them.” Cardinal O’Brien, who had spent a good deal of his life working along with the US military, said “Now those Christian villages have been eradicated, people killed, taken into slavery.”3

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In February, earlier this year, the militants from Islamic State attacked Assyrian Christians, one the world’s oldest Christian communities, in north-eastern Syria. Some reports say that the ISIS militants had vacated about 30 villages and kidnapped up to 300 people, damaged churches while at the same time forced about 1,000 local Assyrian Christian families to flee their homes.

“I’d be marrying cadets in June and a year later burying them, because they had been shipped right to Vietnam. I had great admiration for what I saw and what I heard: the generosity, the integrity, the selflessness of the cadets and of the staff.”

Cardinal O’Brien says his experience in Vietnam has strengthened his faith and that he considers military service to be an elevated profession. “Christ said, ‘I have come to serve and not be served. When one puts on a uniform that person enters the service,” he said.

While recalling his experience on September 11, he was in Washington, “I heard of the first plane, then I rushed over to where the chaplains were, and everything was on lockdown. It was a traumatic moment, and everyone looked to the military to do something and to the president to take action, and the president was more than willing to do it.”