(Warning: This column contains extremely graphic images of children killed and beheaded by ISIS.)
Barack Obama’s “strategy” for defeating ISIS is to arm what he describes as Muslim “moderates,” mainly members of the so-called Free Syrian Army.
He also claims most victims of ISIS’ killing spree are Muslims, a questionable claim at best and a misleading one for certain.
ISIS has specifically targeted for rape, slavery, crucifixion, beheading, torture and mass execution all who are not Sunni Muslims, including Christians, Shiites, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. No one has a handle on the death toll – not even Obama, who, until recently showed little concern with the scorched-earth policies of the ISIS killing machine, which he compared to a “jayvee” basketball team.
What we do know for certain is that Mosul, Iraq’s largest Christian town of about 300,000, has been virtually emptied of its population. That alone suggests a Christian holocaust is well under way. The Christian population of Iraq had already been largely driven out by years of war, persecution and infighting as they were treated as an afterthought even by U.S. occupation forces. Most of them fled to Syria, and have since faced death, persecution and refugee status yet again at the hands of ISIS.
In Mosul, ISIS advertised its barbarity and ruthlessness by photographing their executions of Christian children. They herded the kids into parks, beheaded them and placed their heads on sticks. ISIS has made music videos of themselves murdering Christian civilians and captured Iraqi soldiers, mostly Shiites.
“They are literally enjoying the act of killing and the fear and suffering experienced by others,” reports Catholic Online. “This sadism may be the purest manifestation of evil witnessed since the Rape of Nankin during World War II.”
Yet there was no mention of Christians in Obama’s “strategy” talk last week. Instead, Obama suggested the real victims of ISIS, which he insists is not Islamic, are mostly Muslims. This is an outrageous distortion of reality as the Christian community of the Middle East continues to face genocide at the hands of ISIS and al-Qaida.
Since the 1990s in Bosnia, the U.S. has systematically interceded to stop what it characterizes as ethnic and religious cleansing – only when the victims are Muslim. Not once has the U.S. lifted a hand to protect Christians. Muslim groups have been armed to defend themselves in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, often resulting in more bloodshed, not less. Not once has the U.S. even debated the idea of arming or rescuing Christians from the onslaught of fratricidal jihadists.
Once again, no one is rushing to aid Christians caught in the crossfire.
Why does the U.S. continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results?
Why would the U.S. rearm the Free Syrian Army, which sold the beheaded American journalists to ISIS?
Why does the U.S. provide military and other aid to Islamic communities and armies all over the world but never to Christians who face far more gruesome persecution?
Why is there no effort even to rescue the Christians or provide them with a homeland of their own?
Obama cannot be trusted to bomb Syrian targets, either. Just a year ago, he was demanding Congress give him authority to bomb the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting ISIS and offering more protection to Christians than the U.S. has throughout its Iraq occupation. Now Obama says he wants to bomb the other side in this conflict. With such a history poor judgment, should he really be trusted to pick the right targets?
Christians have been the forgotten victims in this war for too long.
It’s time to give peace a chance by arming them to defend themselves or evacuating them on a massive scale and providing a safe haven for them in the U.S.
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