The systematic slaughter of Christians and other religious minority groups in the Middle East by Islamic terrorists is nothing short of a travesty. And the fact that the international community has not done more to quell these crimes against humanity defies belief.
Leading the charge is Secretary of State John Kerry, who actually told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Assistance on Wednesday that he needs "additional evaluation" to determine if the mass-slaughter of Christians in the Middle East is in fact "genocide."
We thought this much by now was obvious.
CNSNews provides the video segment featured above in which Kerry responds to a stream of questioning by Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry -- sponsor of a resolution declaring the plight of Mideast Christians as "genocide."
Fortenberry's resolution states that Congress would recognize that "those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka'e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing, 'war crimes,' 'crimes against humanity,' and 'genocide.'" The congressman continued:
“What I’m urging here today,” said Fortenberry, “is that you use the authority and power of your office to call this genocide, to help restore the rich tapestry of the ancient faith traditions in the Middle East, to stop this assault on human dignity and civilization itself.”
Fortenberry also shared a story about a Syrian man who was beheaded after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Kerry still wasn't convinced:
“I share just a huge sense of revulsion over these acts, obviously,” Kerry said. “None of us have ever seen anything like it in our lifetimes. Although, obviously, if you go back to the Holocaust, the world has seen it.
“We are currently doing what I have to do, which is review very carefully the legal standards and precedents for whatever judgment is made,” he said.
“I can tell you we are doing that,” he said. “I have had some initial recommendations made to me. I have asked for some further evaluation. And I will make a decision on this. And I will make a decision on it as soon as I have that additional evaluation and we will proceed forward from there.”
So in one breath the Secretary of State compares the current atrocities against Christians in the Middle East to the "Holocaust," yet refuses to declare it "genocide" until he conducts further evaluation? By the time said-evaluation is conducted and passed through the typical Washington bureaucratic channels, how many more innocent lives will be claimed at the hands of savages? Persecuted minorities in the Middle East haven't any time left.
Kerry exemplifies the administration's foreign policy ineptitude and weak-kneed approach to the world's enemies. Instead of focusing on how to help those truly persecuted, the administration is more worried about "Islamophobia" -- something it has no problem declaring an "issue" without any evaluation or proof at all.