December 30, 2015

Clinton: Islamic State ‘wiping out Christians’ is genocide

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that Islamic State violence against Christians, Iraqi Yazidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East was genocide.

“I think I was asked this a couple months ago, and I said that term carries with it legal import, it is a very important concept and label for behavior that deserves that name,” Clinton said at a town hall in Berlin, New Hampshire, when asked about the Islamic State’s killing of Christians, Yazidis, Kurdish Muslims and other religious minorities in the region.


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“I am now sure we have enough evidence, what is happening is genocide deliberately aimed at destroying lives and wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities,” Clinton said.

Islamic State has targeted and killed members of the Yazidi religion, one of the oldest in Iraq, along with Christians and other religious minorities in the region it controls in the Middle East.

The administration of President Barack Obama is weighing whether to designate Islamic State violence a genocide and which religious minorities would be coveraged by such a designation.

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  • Sabelotodo2

    Clinton joins Obama in a delayed outrage at the Islamic Jihaddis they’ve timidly overlooked and dismissed in the past. Funny how they’d rather characterize this murderous terrorism as genoside, rather than mentioning it as a religious-based terrorist movement . . . as if calling them Islamic terrorists might offend their finer sensibilities, along with those of our home-grown Presbyterian terrorists WHO VOTE!

  • Mike

    They had to wait until they were sure they wouldn’t offend the anti-Christian secularist who hate all majority groups in the U.S.

  • Larry

    You both miss the point. By declaring it genocide, the US now is charged with a duty to deal with refugees and military action to end it. Something our isolationism minded conservatives have been reluctant to consider. A declaration of genocide is more than an apt description, it is considered a call to action in the developed world.

    Besides technically I-S (operating in Syria and Iraq) are not terrorists, they are warlords. I-S segregates itself from the civilian population, has a “uniform” of sorts and fights with conventional arms. Like the difference between al Queda and the Taliban. Captured I-S members are considered war criminals.