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Denial of Christian Genocide Proves that Few Things have changed

As multiple wars and political posturing continues in Syria and Iraq, the EU finally recognizes the plight of Christians in the two devastated countries. This recognition comes in the declaration that ISIS has and is committing genocide against the Assyrian and other Christian populations. This is a step too far for the Obama Administration.

According to Breitbart

“It is very important to call it genocide, it’s important because it is the truth,” said Nina Shea with Freedom House, a group that has been documenting ISIS atrocities.

Shea is urging the Obama administration to follow the EU’s example and label the crimes against Christians in the Middle East as “genocide.”

“There’s a reluctance on the part of the administration to call it genocide against Christians,” she proclaimed. “They have told us privately that they will call it genocide against Yazidis but not Christians.”

What could be the reason for such reluctance? According to CBN, the numbers are staggering. The Christian population has plummeted from 1.2 Million to not even 500,000 in Syria. The loss is as bad in Iraq. Two-thirds of the 1.5 Million Christians have been killed or displaced by ISIS.

So, why is there a hesitation to call this genocide? One person seems to think that it is political face-saving on the part of the administration.

Breitbart reports

Retired U.S. Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, head of Near East Center for Strategic Engagement (NEC-SE) and an advisor to the Christian Assyrian Army fighting ISIS, believes President Obama’s recognition of the Yazidi genocide only is being used to benefit the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“It now seems clear — They are doing so in order to keep the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] from failing financially, more than doing so for the need to save the Yazidis and Assyrians who have been destroyed by ISIS,” said Sangari, a decorated Iraq war veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army, in a post on the NEC-SE website.

“KRG has had financial issues, which finally exploded into protests across multiple provinces and cities of the KRG starting last week,” he added.

This is a bold claim. One that points us to the fact that though much has changed since the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, somethings have not changed. Politicians will always be willing to allow others to die so they will not look bad.

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