Tuesday, March 15, 2016

U.S. House Unanimously Votes To Declare ISIS Extermination Of Christians Genocide, State Department Drags Its Feet

by JASmius

The key factor here being that the vote was unanimous; this can't be spun as "Republicans pandering to right-wing extremist theocrats" are some such rotgut garbage.  This was the representatives of the people (just as the Senate used to be the representatives of the States) declaring in one voice....well, more like simply acknowledging in one voice - the day-glo obvious reality of what the Islamic State has done and continues to do, and will do in every place that they conquer:

Ratcheting up the pressure on the Obama administration, the House has overwhelmingly approved a resolution that condemns as genocide the atrocities committed by the Islamic State group against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria.

The non-binding measure, passed Monday by a vote of 393-0, illustrated the heavy bipartisan support for action on Capitol Hill.

It's a resolution, not legally binding on anybody, least of all the Obama Regime.  But it is meant to put some PR heat on them for refusing to acknowledge that same day-glo obvious reality, something they would find distasteful to their pro-jihadist sympathies but which would cost them nothing.

The case made by the Houston law firm of Andrews Kurths LPP is incontrovertible:

As many governments, legislative bodies, non-governmental organizations, and world leaders have already concluded, the available evidence demonstrates that ISIS’s actions rise to the level of genocide. Furthermore, we understand that recent information received from on-the-ground interviews in the region and other sources establishes without question that ISIS is committing genocide and makes clear that claims that it is offering jizya or dhimmi status are a publicity stunt or extortion payments that pervert these classical terms.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (“Genocide Convention”) prohibits the intentional destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic or religious group by, inter alia, killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, or deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.  Publicly available information strongly suggests that ISIS is subjecting Assyrian and other Iraqi and Syrian Christians living in areas under the control of ISIS to genocidal conditions. ISIS purportedly offers the Assyrian Christians three options: (1) convert to Islam, (2) assume dhimmi status and pay an associated jizya tax, or (3) leave the territory. The facts suggest that, in reality, there is no choice. Those who refuse or are otherwise unable to comply are executed, and in many instances the option of paying the jizya tax is not made available. The evidence therefore suggests that the jizya tax is not a real option and may be just a pretext to justify ISIS’s atrocities. That ISIS purports to permit Assyrian Christians to pay a jizya tax to avoid conversion, execution, or displacement does not preclude a finding that ISIS’s persecution of such Christians violates the Genocide Convention. [emphasis added]

And yet the Obama Regime continues to resist - or.....

That direction has been "ugly" for a lot longer than O has been on the national stage, and he keeps making them irretrievably uglier:

Several experts on Middle East terror made direct pleas to U.S. [Commissar] of State John Kerry to label Christian slaughter in the region as “genocide” Thursday morning during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

“The U.S. is better than this,” said humanitarian and author Johnnie Moore, who published a book last year called Defying ISIS.

Um, no, it isn't, Mr. Moore, or "We the People" would never have elected Barack Hussein Obama in the first place.

“What will Kerry tell his grandchildren” if we don’t take action against this Christian slaughter? he urged.

That "Those fundies got what they deserved," I imagine.

Moore was just one voice in an important event hosted by the Knights of Columbus to unveil their new in-depth report on the rampant murder of religious minorities in the Middle East. The KOC sent its almost three hundred-page compilation, the largest of any of its kind, to the State [Commissariat] on Wednesday in hopes of receiving an urgent response from the administration.

And it was probably fed through the shredders by Thursday morning.

The Knights’ request for a meeting with Kerry has gone unanswered. Since October, the [commissar] of state has been claiming the agency simply doesn’t have enough facts to call what's happening to Christians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere genocide.

Willful blindness - or sympathy for the killers of the Brethren.

With the KOC's report, Kerry doesn’t have that excuse anymore.

What makes you think he or his big-eared boss need an excuse?  Their leanings are abundantly clear.  And no unanimous House resolution is going to change them.

One cannot shame a group for that of which they are so proud, after all.

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