Experts say what governments won’t: ISIS atrocities are genocide

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A woman holds a banner during a demonstration marking the first anniversary of Islamic State's surge on Yazidis of the town of Sinjar, in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

A woman holds a banner during a demonstration marking the first anniversary of Islamic State's surge on Yazidis of the town of Sinjar, in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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(RNS) A growing number of advocates and experts are calling for President Obama and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to label ISIS’s actions against religious and ethnic minorities “genocide.” What’s holding them back?

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  • Bernardo

    But is 1 John authentic? See more at

    And from the bible’s own version of genocides:

    •Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)

    •Joshua: ◦Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
    ◦Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon (“larger than Ai”), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. “He left no survivors.”
    ◦Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
    ◦TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

    •Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon

  • Well,shucks, Bernado…why don’t we all just kill each other until there’s simply no human beings left,or failing that,everyone is blind—you know,the old…”an eye for an eye will soon leave the whole world blind”…Is that YOUR solution,Bernado?

  • Bernardo

    My point Lawrence is that ISIS’s acts of genocide are not new. Unfortunately, the OT gives credence to such acts. Another reason books like the OT and koran need to be rewritten or put on the pile of worthless literature.

  • John

    What’s holding them back? With Obama I suspect it would be accountability. ISIS would not be in Iraq if he had not engineered the debate on the SOFA agreement with Iraq so that it was destined to fail giving him political cover to withdraw all forces from Iraq as he always wanted.

  • “Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends.” – (Sura 5:51)

    When a religion follows its own commands, very bad things happen.

    “Kill them” – Jesus (luke 19:27)

    We will all be better off when these primitive theories and fossilized philosophies are abandoned.

  • The persecution of believers has been foretold from long ago and it will only get worse over time. Those who do not take the “mark” mentioned in Revelation will be beheaded. Who is it again that does that? Oh yea, Muslims. They do that. They take great pride and joy in doing that. So it is clear that Islam will come into greater and greater power as is their desire and current agenda. That is, until the Lord destroys them with the power of His might. When they gather to take out Israel, Jesus (Messiah) intervenes, and they are no more. This is their time, but it will not end well for them. Not in this life, and especially not for eternity. Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me” He said in John 14. He is our only hope for forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. Receive Him as Lord and Savior. Turn away from sin and false religions.. Follow Him by His Word and Holy Spirit. Then you will truly be blessed. God Bless

  • larry

    Whats holding them back is Bashir Assad, Turkey and Israel.

    1) Nobody in the Levant and Arab World in general wants to be the ones to prop up the Assad regime except for Iran.

    2) Israel couldn’t give a crap that their closest enemy has melted down and is unlikely to survive a crossing into Israeli territory.

    3. Turkey doesn’t want to support the Kurds. The only force which has not only successfully rolled back ISIS advances, but protected minority groups because Kurdish forces have been clashing with Turkey for decades.

    4. Our own politicians are rather feckless. If Obama acts he is piloried as reckless and overly adventurous. If he fails to act he is dithering. We don’t want to send boots on the ground. So we are supporting proxies like Egypt and Jordan to do our dirty work.

  • Ben in oakland

    Do you mean the pullout that was negotiated by Bush?

  • Jack

    Amen, Mark….but strange as it may seem at first, I don’t believe that what’s in Revelation is about Islam, because the bad guy depicted in Revelation demands and receives worship as a god. In Islam, worshipping a man as God is absolute blasphemy.

    Not that Islam is wonderful, but I suspect that this coming bad guy (the “anti-Christ”) has a lot more in common with pantheism, which teaches that all people can achieve godhood. And reread the original lie by the serpent in the Garden in Genesis… fits exceptionally well with pantheistic premises about the world.

    Moreover, radical Muslims don’t have a historical monopoly on beheading….far, far from it. Among others, the ancient Romans were not shy about doing it, either…..nor are non-Muslim drug lords and human traffickers today.

  • Jack, when it comes to prophecy God only knows. You make some good points. I don’t think the anti-Christ has to be a Muslim to be in league with the Muslims in wanting to destroy Christians and Jews. Muslims were working with Hitler in persecuting the Jews. Hitler was an anti=Christ, John tells us that there are many antichrists culminating in the final antichrist. God knows how this will all play out, I believe Islam will continue to grow and persecute the people of God. They will of course fall short of their goal as Messiah Himself will intervene for His people. God Bless

  • God sent Israel into the land that He promised to Abraham and His descendants for two reasons: 1) because He was judging the wickedness of those in the land at that time. Only God decides such things. 2) to give the land to Israel as He had promised long before. The God of Israel is God. To compare the diabolical acts of Islam across the faith of the earth to any who are deemed to be “non-Muslim” with God’s judgment against those who had occupied the Holy Land a long time ago is bogus. It just shows the lack of spiritual discernment of those who say such things. Spiritually clueless as they are. When atheists quote the Bible you can expect it be done out of context or with no relevance to the subject at hand for the most part.

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