WASHINGTON, DC – The last time Uncle Sam recognized genocide was in 2004, during the Bush 43 administration, after the Sudanese Government killed hundreds of thousands of non-Arab civilians in the civil war in Darfur.
Over the last several years, the entire world has watched terrorists with Islamic State, or Daesh, murder anyone who stands in the way of their evil jihadist goal.
All the while, governments and refugees kept waiting for the Obama administration to say the one word that, for some reason, could not be uttered, like some strange jihadist Voldemort.
Well, it finally happened, with Secretary of State John Kerry speaking the words everyone else already knew. “Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions in what it says, what it believes and what it does."
Kerry used “genocide” to describe ISIS attacks against Christian groups and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, but only in Iraq and Syria.
"Its entire world view is based on eliminating those who don't subscribe to its perverse ideology. There is no question in my mind that, if Daesh succeeded in establishing its so-called caliphate, it would seek to destroy what remains of ethnic and religious mosaic once-thriving in the region."
The Obama administration apparently found religion after the House of Representatives on Monday voted 393-0 on a non-binding resolution calling ISIS actions genocide.
It was a rare show of bi-partisanship that was late in coming. But when it comes to fighting genocide, it’s always better late than never.