Justin Smith writes of the impotent actions of the Obama Administration to engage ISIS concerning the Islamic genocide against Christians.
Another Christian Genocide
Defend the Faith
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 4/9/2016 1:35 PM
"Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." __ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Christians are the primary focus of the Islamic State murderers in Iraq and Syria, who are also committing heinous acts against the Yazidis and other Muslims. Entire Christian communities are being eradicated through the most abhorrent and abominably evil acts imaginable. The Christian population of Aleppo, Syria, once numbering half a million, is now reduced to approximately 35,000. Virtually every last Christian has fled Mosul, Iraq, after being given "the choice" to convert to Islam or die. Christians qualify in many more significant ways to receive refugee status than any other people, and America and other predominantly Christian nations must provide them with immediate protection and sanctuary, or watch Christianity in the Middle East disappear.
While Muslims can move easily from one nearby Muslim nation to the next, Christians have nowhere to go, no safe haven, and any attempt to flee often ends in death. They cannot seek shelter in U.N. camps, hiding in private homes and secluded "safe-houses," instead they are attacked by Muslim "refugees" and killed by islamofascist jihadists, who raid the camps. And due to their inability to leave the country for fear of discovery on the trails of death, Christians have been denied "refugee" status through a technicality; this technicality has allowed the Obama administration to do absolutely nothing for five years, in the face of the worst Christian genocide since the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire.
Some of America's finest citizens, such as Patrick Kelly (Knights of Columbus) and Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) finally pressured Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama to give an official U.S. declaration on March 17th that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Muslims. Rep. Rohrabacher's 'Save the Christians from Genocide Act' (HR4017) passed the House and Senate last month, after receiving motivation from the December 4th, 2015 letter to Secretary Kerry, from thirty religious leaders, scholars and experts working with the Heritage Foundation, that documented "ISIS assassinations of Church leaders; mass murders; torture ... and systematic rape of Christian girls and women."
Dr. Jerry Johnson, an ethicist and president of National Religious Broadcasters, suggested [CS Monitor version]: "If some anti-Muslim group was gathering up the Muslims, putting them in cages ... dousing them in gas and lighting them on fire, or lining them up and beheading Muslims simply because they were Muslims, quite frankly ... our government would have declared this an outrage and a genocide a long time ago."
Despite Secretary Kerry's statement, "What Daesh (Islamic State) wants to erase, we must preserve", no one should view this too optimistically. The Obama administration was fully aware of the Christian genocide five years ago, and yet, Obama's Cabinet stubbornly refused to create a viable strategy to destroy these islamofascist murderers. Obama's defacto policy favored Muslim "refugees" and blocked Christians, and it will not change much now.
America has witnessed Obama's unconditional love of all things Islamic, like the Muslim call to prayer, and we have heard him apologize to the Middle East for "Western imperialism". He has repeatedly claimed that the chaos, violence and murders committed by Islamic State terrorists are not "Islamic" and the Islamic State jihadists are not "Islamic", when the historical evidence has documented torture and beheadings as the Muslim's preferred method of proselytism from the 7th century right into the present. No one should be astonished that for Obama, genocide is not genocide if it's committed against Christians.
If only reluctantly, the Obama administration declared this Christian genocide, and the U.S. is now obligated legally, under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 [TreatiesUN.org], to "take all measures to prevent genocide which [are] within [its] power and which might [contribute] to preventing genocide." But, this obligation does not require direct military intervention, so the world should expect only the bare minimum effort from this administration and possibly the next: However, HR4017 does require Homeland Security to assign a heightened refugee status to these victims of genocide and to expedite visas for them.
Samantha Power observed in her 2002 book 'A Problem From Hell', that "No U.S. president has ever made genocide prevention a priority, and no U.S. president has ever suffered politically for his indifference to its occurrences."
Americans may not have "religious tests" for our compassion and immigration/refugee policies, however, an accurate security test must now necessarily convince Congress to block Obama's plan to give 10,000 Syrian "refugees" entry into America by September 30th, unless they are verified to be Syrian Christians. While Christians pose absolutely no threat to America, the Syrian Muslim refugees contain a fifth column [Two more perspectives on 5th Column Muslims HERE and HERE] that hates us and wants to kill us and destroy our way of life; so essentially, they are imposing a religious test, with the endgame being a Christian holocaust.
In January 2016, Nadia Taha [The Freedom Fund], a 21 year old Iraqi woman, testified about her brutal rape and enslavement by Islamic State terrorists, before the United Nations Security Council in her effort to convince the international community to intervene. She recalled, "That night, he beat me up, forced me to undress, and put me in the room with six militants ... They continued to commit crimes to my body until I became unconscious."
Last April in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis stated that "Our brothers and our sisters ... are persecuted, exiled, slain, beheaded, solely for being Christian ... I truly hope that the international community doesn't look the other way." Now, one year later this evil persists.
"If the world hates you, you know that it hate Me before it hate you. _ John 15:18 ... If they persecute Me, they will persecute you. _ John 15:20
With so many hundreds of thousands of Christians forced from their ancestral lands and murdered by Muslims, is it too late to save Christianity in the Middle East? Only time will tell, but time is running out.
Americans and people of the Free World, who care, simply have to do everything within their combined ability to save the Christians of Iraq and Syria and stop the spread of this intense and insane regional war to other regions. Whatever one's situation, send any aid at hand to relief organizations, similar to the Barnabas Fund [About and Donate], who are sheltering, feeding and even evacuating Christians to the West. Move our leaders to send more and better resources to national guard equivalents like the Peshmerga [Breitbart 3/16/16], who are fighting the Islamic State. Move world leaders to eradicate the Islamic State. And should these efforts fall far short, young Christian men and women might also consider going to these areas to help and/or fight, not as mercenaries but as Defenders of the Faith: Christmas Day 2014 was the first time in 2,000 that the bells did not ring out in the city of Mosul.
By Justin O Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
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