Kerry: Islamic State committing genocide in Syria, Iraq - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Secretary of State John Kerry called the Islamic State's assault in
Syria and Iraq "genocide" on Thursday. 'Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions,'
Kerry said at the State Department, referring to IS by another common
name in reference to IS slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shiite
Muslims. [...] Designating IS actions as genocide could prompt a referral by the United States to the United Nations Security Council to establish a tribunal specifically for crimes committed by IS in Iraq and Syria."
Comment: The Islamic State's barbaric attacks on Christians have been well
documented and have included beheadings and crucifixion as well as harsh
imposition of sharia law, misuse of blasphemy laws and taxes on
non-muslims. Christians have been deprived of life, liberty and
livelihood under their harsh and repressive rule. Diplomacy often moves
at a glacial pace and these offenses have been going on for some time,
but it's nice to see these facts acknowledged on the record.