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CBN NewsWatch: February 7, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Feb. 7: 'Young Invincibles' choosing fine over Obamacare; Lackluster job report concerns analysts; In the shadow of Reagan's 'Time for Choosing'; and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," HEALTH CARE FOR

THE YOUNG AND HEALTHY.

THE ADMINISTRATION'S PUSH TO

SIGN UP SO-CALLED YOUNG

INVINCIBLES.

Wendy: PLUS, PUNISHED

AND PERSECUTED FOR THEIR

FAITH.

A LOOK AT THE FIGHT FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE

EX-SOVIET UNION.

Mark: AND HOW MORE AND

MORE MUSLIMS ARE ATTACKING

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO HELP

BELIEVERS THERE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING YOUNG,

HEALTHY ADULTS TO SIGN UP

FOR HEALTH CARE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THEY WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO

SIGN UP FOR THE PRESIDENT'S

HEALTH CARE PLAN.

PARTICIPATION FROM THE

SO-CALLED YOUNG, INVINCIBLES

IS CRUCIAL TO OBAMACARE'S

SUCCESS, BUT AS EPHRAIM

GRAHAM REPORTS IN TONIGHT'S

TOP STORY, THE

ADMINISTRATION IS FAR FROM

REACHING ITS GOAL IN THAT

AGE GROUP.

Reporter: THE NEW

HEALTH CARE LAW IS

EXPERIENCING LOWER THAN

EXPECTED ENROLLMENT.

YOUNG INVINCIBLES OR ADULTS,

AGES 18 TO 24, AND THEY DO

NOT APPEAR TO BE ON BOARD

WITH OBAMACARE.

YOUNG PEOPLE MADE UP ONLY

ABOUT ONE FOURTH OF THOSE

WHO HAD SIGNED UP FOR THE

HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES

PREVIOUSLY.

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS

DOWNPLAYED THE LAG, SAYING

THEY'RE EXPECTING THEM TO

ENROLL TOWARDS THE END OF

THE SIX-MONTH SIGN-UP

PERIOD.

BUT AS THE MARCH DEADLINE

APPROACHES, THERE IS A NEW

SENSE OF URGENCY.

President Obama:

TONIGHT I ASK SOMEONE WHO

KNOWS SOMEONE WITHOUT HEALTH

INSURANCE, TO HELP THEM GET

COVERED BY MARCH 31st.

Reporter: 40% OF NEW

ENROLLEES NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO

COVER THE HIGH COST OF THOSE

WHO ARE OLDER.

BUT MANY ARE OPTING OUT OF

THE HEALTH CARE.

IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE FOR

THEM.

ON AVERAGE, WE'RE SEEING

PREMIUMS WILL INCREASE 169%

ACROSS THE BOARD.

YOUNG PEOPLE REALIZE

OBAMACARE IS TAKING THE

YOUNG AND HEALTHY TO PAY FOR

THE SICK AND OLDER

AMERICANS.

IT IS JUST NOT SOMETHING

THAT IS FAIR.

WE'RE LEVERAGING OUR

FUTURE.

Reporter: AS THE WHITE

HOUSE WAITS FOR MORE YOUNG

PEOPLE TO ENROLL, GRASSROOTS

EFFORTS, PUSHING PEOPLE TO

SIGN UP FOR THE PRESIDENT'S

HEALTH CARE PLAN ARE POPPING

UP.

WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE

SURE IT FEELS URGENT.

ENROLLMENT HAS PICKED UP A

LOT.

Reporter: THEY'RE NOW

TARGETING THE SO-CALLED

YOUNG, INVINCIBLES, BY

SPREADING ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

LEARNED IN THE PAST TWO

ELECTIONS.

ANYBODY HAVE ANY

QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH

INSURANCE?

Reporter: BUT SO FAR

THEY'RE STILL SHORT ABOUT A

THIRD OF THE HEALTHY YOUNG

ENROLLEES THEY NEED.

Wendy: A RECENT GALLOP

POLL FINDS 26% OF UNINSURED

PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 30

INTEND T TO PAY THE $95

FINE RATHER THAN ENROLL IN

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE

PLAN.

Mark: MEANWHILE,

STORIES OF PEOPLE HAVING

PROBLEM GETTING HEALTH CARE

CONTINUE.

A LOUISIANA GOVERNMENT MAN

SAYS HE MAKES TOO MUCH

MONEY, BUT PARTICIPATION IN

THE OBAMACARE IS MORE THAN

HE CAN AFFORD.

WE HAVE FALLEN INTO THE

GAP WHERE WE CANNOT GET

GAP.

Reporter: REID FALLS

INTO THE CATEGORY BETWEEN

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND

PRIVATE INSURANCE.

HIS STATE SAYS HE SHOULD BE

COVERED, BUT HE CAN'T FIND

INSURANCE HE CAN AFFORD.

I GRADUATED FROM LAW

SCHOOL, AND I'M GOING TO

HAVE TO GO GET A JOB THAT

PUSHES MY SALARY UP TO GET

MY FAMILY COVERED.

Reporter: THE PROBLEM

APPEARS TO AFFECT RESIDENTS

IN THE 26 STATES THAT DIDN'T

EXCEPT A FEDERAL EXPANSION

OF MEDICAID COVERAGE.

IT PUTS PEOPLE LIKE REID IN

A POSITION WHERE THEY MAKE

TOO MUCH MONEY TO QUALIFY

FOR MEDICAID, AND TOO LITTLE

TO GET SUBSIDIES FROM

OBAMACARE.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALS

SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO

CREATE STATE-LEVEL PROGRAMS

TO FIX THE PROBLEM.

BUT AFTER A RECENT HOSPITAL

STAY, REID SAYS HE NEEDS

HELP NOW.

I GOT MY FIRST HOSPITAL

BILL FOR $17,000.

I HAVEN'T EVEN GOTTEN THE

DOCTORS AND SPECIALISTS'

BILLS.

I WILL BE PAYING FOR THIS

FOREVER.

Reporter: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE U.S. ECONOMY

ADDED 113,000 JOBS IN

JANUARY.

THE LABOR DEPARTMENT

RELEASED ITS MONTHLY REPORT,

AND MANY ANALYSTS SAY IT IS

WEAKER THAN THEY WERE

EXPECTED.

MAKING SOME EXPERTS WONDER

IF THE COLD WEATHER HAS

ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE

DOWNWARD TREND.

THE EXTREME COLD, THE

POLAR VORTEX, COULD THAT BE

FREEZING THE JOB MARKET FOR

A COUPLE OF MONTHS IN A

ROW?

OR IS THIS A REAL SLOWDOWN.

Wendy: MEANWHILE, THE

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED TO

6.6%, THE LOWEST SINCE

OCTOBER 2008, BUT ECONOMISTS

SAY THAT NUMBER CAN BE

DECEIVING.

MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION

AMERICANS HAVE BEEN JOBLESS

FOR 26 WEEKS OR MORE, AND

MANY STOPPED LOOKING FOR

WORK, MEANING THEY NO LONGER

ARE COUNTED.

Mark: 50 YEARS AGO

AMERICAN VOTERS FACED A

CHOICE NOT UNLIKE WHAT

VOTERS FACE TODAY.

RONALD REAGAN EXPLAINED WHAT

WAS AT STAKE IN A NOW FAMOUS

SPEECH URGING THE PUBLIC TO

ELECT SENATOR BARRY

GOLDWATER AS PRESIDENT.

AS HEATHER CELLS REPORTS, IT

IS THE FOCUS OF THIS YEAR'S

REAGAN SYMPOSIUM AT REGENT

UNIVERSITY.

[APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU, AND GOOD

EVENING.

Reporter: BEFORE HE WAS

PRESIDENT, RONALD REAGAN

PRESENTED A TIME FOR

CHOOSING.

HIS SPEECH WAS GIVEN IN

1964.

BUT MANY OF THE ISSUES SOUND

VERY 2014.

WE HAVEN'T BALANCED OUR

BUDGET 28 OUT OF THE LAST 34

YEARS.

WE HAVE RAISED OUR DEBT

LIMIT THREE TIMES IN THE

LAST 12 MONTHS.

WE'RE AGAINST FORCING ALL

CITIZENS, REGARDLESS OF

NEED, INTO A COMPULSARY

GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.

Reporter: WHAT REAGAN

ESSENTIALLY DID WAS TO CAST

A VISION OF TWO STARKLY

DIFFERENT WORLD VIEWS.

AND MANY HERE AT THIS

SYMPOSIUM FEEL THOSE VIEWS

ARE STILL BEING FIERCELY

DEBATED TODAY.

THE REASON IT RESONATES

NOW IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A

SENSE OF HAVING LOST OUR

WAY.

FOR REAGAN, THE THREAT

WAS THE ENCROACHING ARM AND

COERCIVE ARM OF GOVERNMENT.

SO THINGS CHANGE AND THEY

STAY THE SAME.

Reporter: RONALD REAGAN

WAS SPEAKING BOLDLY.

IT MIGHT NOT HAVE WORKED OUT

AFTER WHAT HE SAID.

MAYBE HIS POLITICAL

CAREER WOULD BE OVER, BUT HE

FELT HE HAD TO SAY THE

TRUTH.

IT WAS CALLED "A TIME FOR

CHOOSING," BECAUSE IT WAS A

TIME FOR CHOOSING.

Reporter: IN FACT, THE

SPEECH LAUNCHED REAGAN'S

POLITICAL CAREER.

SOON AFTER HE RAN FOR

GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA.

AND IT PROPELLED THE IDEAS

OF AN EMERGING CONSERVATIVE

MOVEMENT ON TO THE NATIONAL

STAGE.

UNINTENTIONALLY, OF COURSE,

IT ALSO FORESHADOWED TODAY'S

GROWING CONCERNS OVER

GOVERNMENT CONTROLS AND LOSS

OF FREEDOM.

OUR NATURAL RIGHTS ARE

NOW CONSIDERED TO BE A

DISPENSATION OF GOVERNMENT,

AND FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN

SO FRAGILE.

REAGAN CORRECTLY SAW IF

YOU DON'T INSTITUTIONALLY

AND CULTURALLY RESTRAIN

GOVERNMENT, IT WILL, BY

DEFAULT, GRAVITATIONAL PULL,

AND PURSUE A GREATER AND

GREATER PULL.

Reporter: THE DEBATE

OVER THIS YEAR'S SPEECH DREW

ACADEMICS AND STUDENTS, BUT

ALSO MANY WHO SIMPLY REALIZE

HOW RELEVANT ITS TRUTHS ARE

TODAY.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UKRAINE NEEDS

FINANCIAL AID TO HELP

STABILIZE THE COUNTRY, AND

THE U.S. MIGHT BE JUST ABLE

TO PROVIDE IT.

VICTORIA NOLAN SAYS

WASHINGTON IS WILLING TO

CONSIDER AID TO UKRAINE, BUT

ONLY IF THE COUNTRY'S

LEADERS UNDERTAKE POLITICAL

AND ECONOMIC REFORMS.

POLITICAL PROTESTS HAVE BEEN

PLAGUING THE COUNTRY SINCE

LAST NOVEMBER.

THE ECONOMY IS ONE OF THE

KEY ISSUES BEHIND THE

DEMONSTRATIONS.

OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE

SEEKING AID SIMILAR TO A

PROGRAM THAT HELPED PROP UP

EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II.

Mark: THEY GATHERED ON

CAPITOL HILL.

THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT

IS HAPPENING TO RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY IN THEIR REGION.

PAUL STRAND REPORTS.

Reporter:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL

OVER THE SOVIET UNION

GATHERED ON CAPITOL HILL TO

BEMOAN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

THAT EURASIAN REGION.

THEY THOUGHT RELIGIOUS

BELIEVERS COULD FLOURISH IN

FREEDOM.

SADLY THE TRUTH IS

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO

PERSECUTE AND PUNISH

BELIEVERS IN MUCH OF THE

EX-SOVIET UNION.

THE HEAD OF THE

RUSSIAN-AMERICAN INSTITUTE

OPENED THE EVENING.

AND IT APPEARS VLADIMIR

PUTIN IS SET ON CRACKING

DOWN, WHEN FOR YEARS IT

LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ON THE

SIDE OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

WE CALL IT PUTIN ONE AND

PUTIN TWO.

WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO POWER,

HE WAS A POSITIVE

INFLUENCE.

BUT AFTER HIS SECOND TIME,

HE BEGAN TO ROLL BACK A LOT

OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

ISSUES, HUMAN RIGHTS

ISSUES.

AND IT HAS BEEN A VERY

DIFFICULT DIRECTION WE'RE

GOING IN RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

WAS ALSO PESSIMISTIC AS HE

LOOKED AT THE LACK OF

LIBERTY ACROSS THE MANY

FORMER SOVIET STATES.

THEY HAVE NEW

RESTRICTIONS FROM

GOVERNMENT, AND ALSO FROM

SOCIETY -- I MEAN ISLAMIC

SOCIETY.

SO THIS IS NEW CHALLENGES

FOR EVANGELICAL CHURCHES AND

FOR CIVIL SOCIETY AS WELL.

Reporter: DR. BURNBOW

WAS CLICK TO POINT OUT IT IS

REALLY HARD TO GENERALIZE,

BUT WHAT HE IS SEEING ACROSS

EURASIA IS NOT VERY

HOPEFUL.

ELIMINATING OPPOSITION.

ELIMINATING FREE PRESS,

ELIMINATING THE RIGHT FOR

OPPOSITION CANDIDATES TO

FORM POLITICAL PARTIES.

IT MAKES IT VERY, VERY

DIFFICULT.

Reporter: LAWMAKERS

STOPPED BY TO WISH THESE

EURASIAN LEADERS WELL,

INCLUDING ONE FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOMS INTERNATIONALLY.

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW

MY HEART IS WITH YOU.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS THE

FOUNDATION OF ALL HUMAN

FREEDOM.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Wendy: THANKS, PAUL.

A BOMB THREAT CAUSED A

TURKISH PLANE TO MAKE AN

EMERGENCY LANDING IN

ISTANBUL TODAY.

THE ATTEMPTED HIJACKER WAS

DEMANDING TO BE TAKEN TO

SOCHI, RUSSIA.

THE PLANE LANDED SAFELY, AND

EVENTS IN SOCHI HAVEN'T BEEN

INTERRUPTED, BUT WITH THE

GAMES UNDER WAY, MANY ARE

POINTING TO MAJOR ISSUES IN

THAT HOST CITY.

EVEN AFTER YEARS OF PREP

TIME, MANY SAY SOCHI STILL

ISN'T READY.

UNFINISHED ROADS, DIRTY

HOTELS AND TOXIC WATER MET

BOTH ATHLETES AND

REPORTERS.

THEY HAVE DOZENS AND

DOZENS OF ROOMS NOT READY

FOR JOURNALISTS OR HOWEVER.

IT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT.

YOU CAN TELL IN THE ROOMS

THERE ARE SUBTLE DETAILS

THAT WOULD NORMALLY BE

FINISHED.

Wendy: IN IT IS NOT

JUST THE CITY SCRAMBLING.

OFFICIALS ARE ADJUSTING ONE

THE EVENTS AFTER SEVERAL

ATHLETES GOT HURT ON THE

SLOPE-STYLE SNOWBOARDING

COURSE.

Mark: HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE

STILL WITHOUT POWER AFTER

THE MAJOR SNOW AND ICE STORM

THAT HIT THE MID-ATLANTIC.

CREWS AS FAR AWAY AS CANADA

AND ARKANSAS CONTINUE

WORKING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND

MARYLAND.

TREES AND LIMBS WERE NO

MATCH FOR THE ICE THAT

DOWNED POWER LINES.

IT HAS FORCED SOME FAMILIES

OUT OF THEIR COLD, DARK

HOMES IN INTO HOTELS.

IT WAS REALLY, REALLY

TOUGH.

MY HUSBAND WAS BRILLIANT.

HE GRABBED A MATTRESS AND

BROUGHT IT DOWN TO THE FRONT

OF THE FIREPLACE, WITH ONE

KID ON EITHER COUCH.

Mark: UTILITY COMPANIES

HOPE TO HAVE THE LIGHTS AND

HEAT BACK ON FOR MOST

RESIDENTS TODAY.

Wendy: IT'S A COLD

WINTER.

COMING UP, A PRIZE TO BE

WON.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT MY NEW BOOK

ABOUT DATING IN THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD.

STAY TUNED.

Mark: IF YOU'RE HAVING

LOVE LIFE PROBLEMS, IT COULD

HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH

HOW YOU AND YOUR PARENTS GOT

ALONG.

A NEW STUDY FROM THE

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA FINDS

A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN

PEOPLE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH

THEIR PARENTS AND THE

QUALITY OF THEIR ROMANTIC

RELATIONSHIPS.

IT FINDS POSITIVE

PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS

LED TO BETTER, MORE INTIMATE

RELATIONSHIPS AS ADULTS.

WHILE TEENS WHO HAD ROCKY

RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS

HAD MORE ROMANTIC PROBLEMS

LATER IN LIFE.

THE STUDY WILL BE PUBLISHED

IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF THE

"JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND

FAMILY."

MY VERY OWN CO-ANCHOR, WENDY

GRIFFITH, HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS.

AND IT IS CALLED "YOU ARE A

PRIZE TO BE WON, DON'T

SETTLE FOR LESS THAN GOD'S

BEST."

YOU WENT THROUGH A

DEVASTATING HEARTBREAK, AND

THAT'S WHAT SPURRED THIS

BOOK.

TALK ABOUT THIS.

Wendy: GOD TOLD ME TO

RIGHT ABOUT MY TEST.

HE CALLED IT A TEST, BUT I

CALL IT HEARTBREAK.

I'M ALREADY HEARING FROM SO

MANY WOMAN WHO ARE SAYING

YOUR STORY IS MY STORY, AND

IT IS GIVING THEM HOPE.

GOD SAYS HE WILL TAKE OUR

ASHES AND TURN IT INTO

BEAUTY, AND THAT'S WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

Mark: YOU SAY THERE

SHOULD NEVER BE A "BUT"...

Wendy: EVERY WOMAN

WANTS TO HEAR THOSE THREE

MAGICAL WORDS, I LOVE YOU,

BUT WHEN IT WAS SAID TO ME,

I HEARD THE BUT.

THERE SHOULD NEVER BE A BUT

AFTER I LOVE YOU, AND I TELL

WOMAN, IF THERE IS A BUT

AFTER I LOVE YOU, HE IS

LEAVING A LOOPHOLE, SO KICK

HIS BUTT OUT THE DOOR.

Mark: ONE OF THE

CHAPTERS YOU TALK ABOUT THE

DANGEROUS OF RECREATIONAL

KISSING.

LISTEN UP AT HOME.

HOW IS KISSING DANGEROUS?

Wendy: OUR PRODUCER

SAYS THAT KISSING IS HER

FAVORITE RECREATION, WHICH I

THOUGHT IT WAS SO FUNNY.

AND IT'S JUST -- I HAD SOME

FUN WITH THIS CHAPTER.

I JUST MAKE THE CASE THERE

SHOULD BE A WARNING LABEL

WITH KISSING, MAY LEAD YOU

TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE

WRONG GUY JUST BECAUSE HE IS

A GREAT KISSER.

IT IS ABOUT GUARDING YOUR

PURITY.

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU

CAN GIVE AWAY, BUT HOW MUCH

YOU CAN SAVE THAT'S

IMPORTANT.

Mark: GREAT ADVICE.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU

CAN SAY YOU CAN GIVE A WOMAN

WHO IS GOING THROUGH

HEARTBREAK?

Wendy: RUN TO JESUS.

HEARTBREAK DOESN'T LEAVE

WHEN WE WANT IT TO.

I TOOK OFF FOR A TWO-WEEK

VACATION RIGHT AFTER AND

THOUGHT I COULD THROW A ROCK

IN BALESE AND LEAVE IT, BUT

IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF AND

LEAN ON OTHERS.

I HAVE TO SAY, MARK, YOU'RE

IN THIS BOOK.

I HAVE THREE GUYS WHO HAVE

SHARED THEIR LOVE STORIES,

AND THERE IS MARK AND HIS

LOVELY WIFE LISA.

THEY'VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 20

YEARS.

Mark: 19 OFFICIALLY.

Wendy: I THOUGHT IT WAS

IMPORTANT TO SHARE SOME

GREAT LOVE STORIES AND HOW

YOU PURSUED YOUR WIFE.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT

THAT?

Mark: WELL, WE WERE

BEST FRIENDS AT FIRST.

AND THEN ONE DAY WE WERE ON

A TRIP TOGETHER WITH SOME

OTHER FRIENDS, AND I FELT

LIKE GOD SAID TO ME, SHE

WOULD MAKE A GREAT WIFE.

AND IT WAS LIKE THE

LIGHTBULB WENT ON.

AND AFTER THAT I PURSUED HER

TO BE MY WIFE.

AND EVENTUALLY PROPOSED TO

HER.

A FRIEND OF MINE -- WE WENT

TO THE PARK WHEN WE FIRST

MET, AND A FRIEND OF MINE

JUMPED OUT FROM BEHIND A

TREE AND HAD THE RING ON A

PILLOW, AND I GOT DOWN ON

ONE KNEE AND PROPOSED TO

HER.

AND WHAT YOU SAY IS GREAT,

WOMEN ARE A PRIZE TO BE WON,

AND MEN NEED TO TREAT THEM

THAT WAY.

Wendy: THANKS, MARK.

IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOUR

STORY.

THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE WHERE

BOOKS ARE SOLD, BUT IF YOU

GET IT FROM cbn.com, I

WILL BE HAPPY TO AUTOGRAGH

IT FOR YOU PERSONALLY.

JUST BE SURE TO PUT YOUR

NAME AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE

TO SAY.

Mark: MAKE SURE YOU BUY

IT.

GOOD FOR WOMEN AND MEN.

Wendy: AND STILL TIME

BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY.

UP NEXT --

Mark: WAR COMES TO THE

DOORSTEPS OF SYRIAN

CHRISTIANS.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHO IS

HELPING THEM.

Mark: A SECOND ROUND OF

PEACE TALKS WILL TAKE PLACE

BETWEEN THE SYRIAN

GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION

LEADERS.

THOSE TALKS ARE SET FOR NEXT

WEEK IN GENEVA.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS A

TEMPORARY CEASE-FIRE IS

UNDER WAY IN THE REBEL-HELD

CITY OF HOMS.

THAT HAS OPENED THE DOOR FOR

AID TO BE DELIVERED TO THE

CITY AND FOR EMERGENCY

OFFICIALS TO EVACUATE

CIVILIANS, MOST OF WHOM HAVE

BEEN CHILDREN OR THE

ELDERLY.

MEANWHILE, THE CIVIL WAR IN

SYRIA IS STILL RAGING, AND

ISLAMISTS ARE DRIVING

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS FROM THEIR

HOMES.

Wendy: THE SITUATION IS

SO BAD, CHRISTIAN LEADERS

FEEL THE CHURCH IN SYRIA MAY

DISAPPEAR UNLESS THEY GET

HELP FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

BUT AS GARY LANE EXPLAINS IN

TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT,

THERE IS ONE GROUP IN SYRIA

THAT IS OFFERING HOPE.

Reporter: SYRIAN REBELS

OPEN FIRE ON A GOVERNMENT

ARMY TANK, PROTECTING AN

ANCIENT CITY.

THE HOUSE OF THE CONVENT AND

CHURCH ARE LOCATED HERE, AS

IS THIS GIANT JESUS STATUE.

LOCALS SAY IT IS LARGER THAN

THE ONE IN RIO DE JANEIRO.

CHRISTIANS USUALLY RELY ON

THE SYRIAN ARMY TO PROTECT

THEIR HOL HOLY SITES, BUT

WITH THE GOVERNMENT TANK

DESTROYED, THEY WERE FORCED

TO FIGHT ISLAMISTS.

THE CHRISTIANS REPORTEDLY

KILLED DOZENS OF FOREIGN

JIHADI FIGHTERS DURING A

SEVEN-HOUR BATTLE.

MORE AND MORE MUSLIM REBELS

ARE ATTACKING SYRIA'S

CHRISTIANS.

LAST SEPTEMBER THEY

ASSAULTED THE ANCIENT

CHRISTIAN CITY OF MALULA.

THEY RAMPAGED THROUGH

MALULA, KILLING SEVERAL

CATHOLICS IN THE PROCESS.

THE ONGOING TARGETING OF

SYRIA'S CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

HAS THREATENED ITS VERY

EXISTENCE.

THOUSANDS HAVE FLED.

ELLIOT WAS NATIONAL SECURITY

ADVISOR FOR PRESIDENT BUSH,

AND HE SAYS HE CAN'T FAULT

THAT CHRISTIANS ARE

LEAVING.

IF YOU WERE, I THINK, A

CHRISTIAN FATHER IN SYRIA,

LOOKING AT YOUR CHILDREN AND

THEIR FUTURE, YOU KNOW, I

THINK YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO

GET OUT, AND NOT JUST NOW

FOR SAFETY, BUT FOR THE

FUTURE, TOO.

I THINK YOU WOULD BE SAYING,

GO TO EUROPE OR AMERICA.

Reporter: BUT NOT ALL

CHRISTIANS CAN LEAVE THE

COUNTRY OR TAKE UP ARMS TO

PROTECT THEMSELVES.

WHO WILL PROTECT THEM?

THERE IS ONE GROUP WILLING

TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO

PROTECT SYRIA'S CHRISTIANS,

THE COUNTRY'S KURDISH

POPULATION.

TINA RAMIREZ HEADS UP AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED "HARD

WIRED."

MY EXPERIENCE IN SYRIA

WAS POSITIVE.

FOR A LONG TIME THEY WERE

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS THAT

WERE BEING PUR PERSECUTED

THERE.

Reporter: LAST YEAR THE

KURDS DECLARED AUTONOMY OVER

THE EASTERN PART OF THEIR

COUNTRY.

BECAUSE THE KURDS CONTROL

THAT TERRITORY, THE

CHRISTIANS LIVING IN CITIES

ARE BETTER PROTECTED.

THE KURDISH MALITIAS HAVE

WON MANY BATTLES AGAINST

JIHADIS.

MALLAL IS NOW IN NORTHERN

IRAQ.

WITH THIS ARABIZATION TO

NOT BE CONTROLLED BY ARABS.

WE HAVE KILLED MANY

ISLAMISTS AND THEIR LEADERS

IN SYRIA AND KURDISTAN.

Reporter: IRAQI KURDS

STOOD WITH AMERICA AND,

OPPOSING SADDAM HUSSEIN AND

FOREIGN JIHADISTS IN THE

IRAQ WAR.

AND TODAY THEY HAVE THEIR

OWN AUTONOMOUS REGION.

THEY FLED PERSECUTION IN

CITIES LIKE BAGHDAD.

AND THEY FOUND A SAFE HAVEN

IN KURDISTAN.

THEY HAVE SOMETHING OF A

FREE MARKET ECONOMY.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

THE SYRIAN WAR WILL COME TO

AN END, AND LIKE IRAQ, THE

COUNTRY MAY END UP IN TO

ZONES OF INFLUENCE.

A BALKANIZATION OF THE

COUNTRY?

IT IS A BALKANIZATION OF

THE COUNTRY.

I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE

DIFFERENT COUNTRIES BEING

SET UP, BUT THE ZONES ARE

THERE, JUST AS IN IRAQ.

Reporter: SHOULD THE

U.S. PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT

FOR THE SYRIAN KURDS?

I HOPE OUR INTELLIGENCE

SERVICES ARE IN TOUCH WITH

THEM.

I THINK WE SHOULD BE WILLING

TO HELP THOSE GROUPS.

WHO STOOD WITH AMERICA IN

THE IRAQ WAR?

IF AMERICA WANTS TO APPLY

DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, IF AMERICA IS LOOKING

FOR LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IF

AMERICA IS LOOKING FOR

NATIONS THAT WILL STAND WITH

THEM, IT IS THE KURDS.

Reporter: A SECULAR

MUSLIM FORCE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, ONE THAT OPPOSES IS

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM, AND IS

TOLERANT OF CHRISTIANS.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS, IRBIL,

IRAQ.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

GROUP OF KIDS IS SHOWING

LOVE TO A VERY DESERVING

VALENTINE.

Wendy: WELL,

VALENTINE'S DAY JUST A WEEK

AWAY, AND SOME VERMONT

PRE-SCHOOLERS ARE ALREADY

PREPARING.

Mark: THE KIDS ARE

MAKING SPECIAL CARDS FOR A

VERY DESERVING VALENTINE, A

SOLDIER SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN.

THE STUDENTS ARE BETWEEN THE

AGES OF 3 TO 5, SO THEY

MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND THE

REALITY OF DEPLOYMENT, BUT

ONE THING THEIR TEACHERS

MAKE SURE THEY DO KNOW,

SOLDIERS SACRIFICE A LOT FOR

OUR FREEDOM.

SOME OF THE KIDS EVEN HAVE

FAMILY MEMBERS SERVING

OVERSEAS.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT

IT ALL WEEK LONG.

SOME OF THE CHILDREN

ACTUALLY HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS

THAT HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED.

YOU DO ARTS AND CRAFTS.

ONE DAY TAKE A DAY AND DO

CARDS.

AND I'LL SHIP THEM OVER FOR

YOU.

THESE GUYS ARE GOING TO LOVE

IT.

THIS IS PERFECT.

Mark: THE VALENTINE

SURPRISE WILL INCLUDE SWEET

TREATS FOR THE MILITARY

MEMBER AND HIS CREW.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, IT IS SO

GOOD TO TEACH KIDS THAT

YOUNG THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT

OUR VETERANS DO.

Wendy: AND THEY WERE

HAVING SO MUCH FUN DOING

THESE ARTS AND CRAFTS, AND

THOSE SOLDIERS ARE GOING TO

BE BLESSED.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

Mark: THANKS FOR

WATC

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