On July 25, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, where he asserted that there is a genocide being carried out against Christians in Iraq by the terrorist group the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). This group has killed untold numbers of Christians as well as fellow Muslims during their bloody campaign across Syria and Iraq, many in some of the most graphic and gruesome ways imaginable. Most recently in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Christians were told that they had to convert to Islam, leave the city (which has had a Christian presence for two millennia), or have their heads cut off.
Given the actions of the Islamic State to date, what surprised me is that they actually gave them a choice.
“It is genocide. It meets the test of genocide,” Wolf said, citing accepted United Nations parameters for the practice.
In Wolf’s estimation, and that of many Americans of conscience, the Obama administration’s failure to weigh in on this atrocity in any manner whatsoever is an abject disgrace. Although the U.S. Senate proposed on July 30 a resolution condemning the “religious cleansing” in Iraq, such actions have few teeth and certainly aren’t any guarantee of broad policy changes.
While the diplomatic dynamics behind the following may be news to many, it is a fact that over many presidential administrations, nations with minority Christian populations (particularly in the Middle East) were always made aware that our foreign policy concerning them would be to some extent predicated on the treatment of Christians thereof.
All that changed when Barack Hussein Obama ascended to the presidency, and the testimony of Christians living in these nations bears this out. Even excluding such extreme examples as the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt (after which Christians were being crucified in the streets), the general deportment of Islamic governments in the region with regard to Christians changed from one of grudging tolerance to abject persecution. As we can readily observe now in the region, as well as in Islamic African nations, the violent persecution of Christians has practically become a new national pastime.
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