The State Department is said to be on the brink of condemning ISIS for the genocide of the Yazidi sect in Iraq:
The Obama administration is moving to designate the Islamic State’s murderous attacks on the Yazidi in Iraq an act of “genocide,” an extremely rare move intended to ratchet up international pressure against the terror organization, administration officials tell Yahoo News.
The action, which sources say could be announced by Secretary of State John Kerry in the next few weeks, has been pushed by top officials at the human rights and religious freedom offices at the State Department.
It has also been prodded by a report to be released today by the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The report documents horrific mass killings and sexual slavery targeting the small Yazidi community, as well as crimes against other ethnic minorities, by IS forces who swept through Northern Iraq last year.
This is cold comfort now that the persecution of these people has been underway for nearly four years and the genocide is more or less a fait accompli. Of course, now that the genocide has been accomplished, the Obama administration won’t feel obligated to actually act. Rather we will see the vague hand-waving, condemnations, and referrals to international tribunals which is the way Democrats react of genocide when they are in power.
The administration is ignoring another genocide underway: that of Christians.
Christians have been executed by the thousands. Christian women and girls are vulnerable to sexual enslavement. Many of their clergy have been assassinated and their churches and ancient monasteries demolished or desecrated. They have been systematically stripped of all their wealth, and those too elderly or sick to flee ISIS-controlled territory have been forcibly converted to Islam or killed, such as an 80-year-old woman who was burned to death for refusing to abide by ISIS religious rules. Pope Francis pronounced their suffering “genocide” in July. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a broad array of other churches have done so as well. Analysis from an office of the Holocaust Museum apparently relied on by the State Department asserts that ISIS protects Christians in exchange for jizya, an Islamic tax for “People of the Book,” but the assertion is simply not grounded in fact.
Christian women and girls are also enslaved and sexually abused. Three Christian females sold in ISIS slave markets were profiled in a New York Times Magazine report last summer. ISIS rules allow Christian sabaya, that is, their sexual enslavement. Its magazine Dabiq explicitly approved the enslavement of Christian girls in Nigeria, and the jihadist group posted prices for Christian, as well as Yazidi, female slaves in Raqqa.
This is just a part of the hostility towards Christianity that the Obama administration has shown since taking office. An administration with a conscience would have taken early actions to protect both Christians and Yazidis. This need not have required the military action that the Obama administration is terrified of using for anything more than show. In the aftermath of the Democrat-engineered defeat of America in Vietnam, President Gerald Ford recognized that the indigenous Hmong people, a Laotian religious and ethnic group that was allied with the US, were going to be exterminated by the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao. He acted and brought thousands of Hmong to the United States. Obama could easily have treated Iraqi, Syrian, and Libyan Christians as refugees from genocide and opened our doors to them.
But they were Christian and much too likely to assimilate and not create ethnic ghettos where Democrat ward heelers could grievance-monger them into a reliable voting bloc.
As the genocide against Christians progresses in ISIS controlled territories — let’s be fair, though, the plight of Christians under ISIS is very similar to that which Christians face in any Islamic nation — the Obama administration will sit on its hands and men, women, and children are beheaded, crucified, and burned to death. They will wait until there isn’t a vestige of historical Christianity remaining in the historical cradle of that religion and then they will suddenly condemn the genocide they could have averted.