The European Parliament Condemns ISIS for Acts of ‘Genocide’
In years past the United States was known for leading, not following. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has put us in the position of following after months of ignoring the most sweeping attacks on people of faith in a generation. While ISIS burns its way through the Middle East, major world powers have condemned the acts as “genocide” — including, most recently, the European Parliament. Yesterday, the body unanimously passed a resolution calling the atrocities against religious minorities what it is — a systematic extinction of certain faith-based communities. And while Europe rarely leads the way on human rights, it has done so here, clearing a path for others — namely, America — to follow suit.
Not surprisingly, the press is anxious to know when the administration will stop looking the other way and intervene. Asked why the president is virtually alone in his decision not to designate the mass killings as “genocide,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied that the designation has “legal ramifications” — which is exactly the point.
The United States can help bring the moral and legal weight of the international community to bear on ISIS. It’s possible, Travis suggests, that President Obama doesn’t want to be on the hook for acting seriously to prevent genocide or that he doesn’t want to be seen as a Christian apologist on the world stage. “Either way,” he laments, “to prioritize such petty political considerations over truth, facts, and the law will be to our everlasting shame. Sadly, I suspect history will bear this out.”
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