Secretary of State John Kerry admitted the ongoing violence committed by ISIS against Christians is in fact genocide.
“In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in territory under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims,” Kerry said at the State Department. Daesh is another name for the Islamic State. He accused ISIS of “crimes against humanity” and “ethnic cleansing.”
The announcement was a surprise, at least in terms of the timing. A day earlier, a State Department spokesman said they would miss a congressionally mandated March 17 deadline to make a decision. Yet as the department took heat from lawmakers for the expected delay, the department confirmed Thursday morning that Kerry had reached the decision that Christians, Yazidis and Shiite groups are victims of genocide. It comes after the House this week passed a nonbinding resolution by a 393-0 vote condemning ISIS atrocities as genocide.
Better late than never, I guess. According to the Knights of Columbus, 1,100 Christians have been killed by ISIS. Even more have been “kidnapped, raped, sold into slavery and driven from their homes.” Churches have been destroyed.
Citizens and Congress should not have to twist the arm of the White House to call acts of terror and genocide by their rightful names. This classification should have been made a long time ago.