White House Says Extermination of Christians by Islamic State Is Not Genocide

Given that the explosive growth of the Islamic State is largely a result of Obama prematurely withdrawing our troops from Iraq, you would think the Administration would feel obliged to take meaningful action to stop ISIS’s well-documented genocide against Christians. Sure enough, Obama spokesweenie Josh Earnest has addressed the issue, putting an end to the genocide by proclaiming that it is not genocide:

Asked whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is practicing genocide in its extermination of Christians in Syria and Iraq, Earnest said: “My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that has at this point not been reached.”

In addition to defining the genocide out of existence, Earnest fires off some duckspeak for good measure:

“But we have been quite candid and direct exactly about how ISIL’s tactics are worthy of the kind of international, robust response that the international community is leading.”

Imagine taking Earnest seriously enough to try to make sense of his insincere blathering. If the “international community is leading,” who is it leading? Maybe it’s leading Obama, who by “leading from behind” is actually following. But that can’t be right, because everyone else says that genocide is genocide:

In March 2015, a report from the United Nations Committee on Human Rights stated: “The acts of violence [by IS in Iraq and Syria] perpetrated against civilians because of their affiliation or perceived affiliation to an ethnic or religious group … may constitute genocide.” …

Last December, more than 60 British MPs signed a letter written by Rob Flello MP and Lord Alton. They urged Prime Minister David Cameron to work with the UN to ensure the word “genocide” be used to describe the systematic killing of minority groups, including Christians and Yazidis, throughout Iraq and Syria.

This could explain why they disagree with Josh Earnest:

The 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, says genocide is “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group,” including by means of “killing members of the group.” …

The ongoing persecution of Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq has seen their numbers drop dramatically. In Iraq, Christians are down to around 300,000 from about 1.4 million in 2003, according to 2015 estimates from a UK-based Catholic NGO. In Syria, there are now just 500,000 Christians, compared to over 1.25 million in 2011.

Christianity, the report states, is on course to disappear from Iraq potentially within five years, and could face the same fate in most Middle Eastern countries.

Before it fell to Muslim invaders from Arabia, the region was mainly Christian. Whatever you want to call it, the Islamic State is putting the finishing touches on a fundamental transformation that was started centuries ago.

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No worries; Josh says it isn’t genocide.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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