The One will NOT be happy about this when he gets back from his morning prayers on the back nine:
[Commissar] of State John Kerry on Thursday determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline.
Kerry's finding does not obligate the United States to take additional action against ISIS [jihadist]s and does not prejudge any prosecution against its members.
A day after the State [Commissariat] said Kerry would miss the deadline, Kerry said he had completed his review and determined that Christians, Yazidis and Shiite groups are victims of genocide and crimes against humanity by Islamic State [jihadist]s. The House earlier this week passed a nonbinding resolution by a 393-0 vote condemning ISIS atrocities as genocide.
HE "determined" this. After all the highly publicized (most of all by ISIS itself) slaughters, massacres, immolations, crucifixions, burials-alive, and other atrocities inflicted over the past nineteen months on specifically-targeted groups within the Islamic State's ever-expanding borders, most especially Christians whose ancestors lived in what is now Syria and Iraq centuries before the false "Prophet" Muhammed was ever misbegotten, John Kerry has "determined" - forensically, I suppose - that this mass-murder spree constitutes genocide.
Nice of him to finally pretend to notice.
"In my judgment Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in territory under its control" Kerry said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
He outlined a litany of atrocities that he said the [jihadist]s had committed against people and religious sites, as well as threats. "Daesh is genocidal by self-acclimation, by ideology and by practice."
Saying that he was "neither judge nor prosecutor nor jury," Kerry added that any potential criminal charges against the [jihad]ists must result from an independent international investigation. Kerry said the U.S. would continue to support efforts to collect evidence and document atrocities.
As opposed to preventing them.
While his determination does not carry such weight, Kerry said he hoped that groups he cited as being victimized would take some comfort in the fact that the "the United States recognizes and confirms the despicable nature of the crimes committed against them."
But will do absolutely nothing to stop them. As, I recall, was once the professed goal of Samantha Power, O's UN Ambassador - remember "Responsibility To Protect"? Evidently, Christians didn't make her, and his, list of religious groups worthy of their "protection". Or even their phony lip service of same, which had to be practically dragged out of them over two years later. And I bet Lurch wouldn't even have done that if he hadn't included Shiite Muslims on his list of ISIS butchery.
But here's a question for all you "establishment"-haters out there: Would the Boston Balker have done even that much if the House GOP hadn't applied their "non-binding" moral pressure?
Chalk up another - small - win for the good guys.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, back in the "Levant":
A new video released by the Islamic State (ISIS) shows Bibles and other Christian materials being burned in a bonfire in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Fox News reports.
The video, titled "Diwan of Education Destroys Christian Instruction Books in Mosul," was shot by the ISIS "morality police," Christian Today reported.
The video was made public just as the United States is considering whether to declare ISIS's treatment of Christians as genocide.
"It's another example that ISIS means what they say," David Curry of Open Doors USA told FoxNews.com. "That’s what makes the debate so powerful. They want elimination and they are very serious."
Ball's still in your court, Lurch.