Thursday, March 17, 2016


Allowing for the limits of bureaucratic processology concerning genocide designations, good stuff from US Secretary of State John Kerry today --

My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions – in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.

Thus he stayed away from making the process look like it only covered non-Muslims; the Shia don't count for much in the ISIS worldview either, nor indeed any Sunnis who don't meet their standards.

It's worth noting that for all the focus on the plight of Christians and Yazidis in ISIS areas, Camp Speicher may be the biggest single incident of mass murder by ISIS.

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