Calling Christian genocide by its name

Calling Christian genocide by its name, an editorial in the Washington Times. It’s another word President Obama can’t bring himself to use.

“Genocide” is a word, like “Hitler,” that is used carelessly in the heat of a campaign as a synonym for prejudice, partisanship and persecution of minorities. But despite all the evidence at hand, President Obama stubbornly refuses to call the persecution and systematic annihilation of Christians in the Middle East by its right name, genocide.

The United Nations defined genocide in 1948, in the wake of the Holocaust, as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group,” including by the means of “killing members of the group.”

The stubborn refusal of the Obama White House and his State Department to apply the word to the work of radical Islam is an enduring mystery. Hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities have been driven from their ancestral homes in Iraq and Syria or have been slaughtered by … ISIS.

Iraq’s Christian population was about 1.5 million only a decade ago, and is estimated now to be only a third of that. Half of the 1.1 million Christians in Syria have died or have fled. Christians have been tortured, raped and even crucified in the name of radical Islam.

hat-tip Stephen Neil