Kerry Says He Needs an Evaluation Before Claiming there is a Christian Genocide going on in the Middle East
Is there anyone over the age of 40 who doesn’t know what the Holocaust was? The Holocaust was the systematic extermination of the Jewish population of Germany and Europe perpetrated by Hitler’s Nazi Germany. This deplorable action was dubbed “crimes against humanity” and genocide. Is there anyone in this nation who doesn’t understand genocide or crimes against humanity? Unfortunately, there is and he serves as the Secretary of State.
At a House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Assistance, Secretary of State John “Swiftboat” Kerry told the subcommittee members he was having an “additional evaluation” completed to “help him determine whether the systematic murder of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East – at the hands of the Islamic State and others – should be declared ‘genocide’.” Kerry told the subcommittee, “I will make a decision on it as soon as I have that additional evaluation and we will proceed forward from there.”
Seriously? Talk about being a dumb-bum. Kerry just elevated the bar in reaching dumb-bumness. Many can understand young adults under the age of 35 not knowing about genocide, crimes against humanity or any of the events occurring in World War II Nazi Germany that led to these designations because of the liberal rewriting of history. Moreover, most of these young adults do not have the motivation to educate themselves on issues and history – a flaw that contributes to their dumb-bum attitudes and behaviors in general, much less garnering any information concerning genocide. Kerry has absolutely no excuse whatsoever.
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According to CNSnews.com:
Kerry was responding to a question put to him by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R.-Neb.), who is the sponsor of a resolution that would declare on behalf of Congress that it is in fact genocide.
The resolution expresses “the sense of Congress that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing, ‘war crimes,’ ‘crimes against humanity,’ and ‘genocide.'”
As a preface to his question, Fortenberry told Kerry about a young Syrian man who had been murdered by jihadists after refusing to renounce his Christian faith.
“I had the extraordinary privilege of being in the room with Pope Francis when he, in a very powerful moment, was given a small cross, a Christian crucifix,” said Fortenberry. “That crucifix had belonged to a young Syrian man who had been captured by the jihadists, and he was told to choose: Convert or die. And he chose his ancient faith tradition. He chose Christ, and he was beheaded.”
“His mother was able to recover the body, recover this cross, and bury him,” said Fortenberry. “She fled to Austria, which set the stage for this moment which I witnessed.”
“Mr. Secretary, this is repeating itself over and over and over again against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the region,” said Fortenberry.
“What I’m urging here today,” said Fortenberry, “is that you use the authority and power of your office to call this genocide, to help restore the rich tapestry of the ancient faith traditions in the Middle East, to stop this assault on human dignity and civilization itself.”
Kerry confirmed he was considering declaring the systematic extermination of religious minorities in the Middle East by the Islamic State as genocide; but, he needed further evaluation before doing so.
Kerry told the subcommittee, “I share just a huge sense of revulsion over these acts, obviously. “None of us have ever seen anything like it in our lifetimes. Although, obviously, if you go back to the Holocaust, the world has seen it. We are currently doing what I have to do, which is review very carefully the legal standards and precedents for whatever judgment is made.”
The full exchange between Fortenberry and Kerry is below.
Fortenberry: Mr. Secretary, I had the extraordinary privilege of being in the room with Pope Francis when he, in a very powerful moment, was given a small cross, a Christian crucifix. That crucifix had belonged to a young Syrian man who had been captured by the jihadists, and he was told to choose: Convert or die. And he chose his ancient faith tradition. He chose Christ, and he was beheaded.
His mother was able to recover the body, recover this cross, and bury him. And she fled to Austria, which set the stage for this moment which I witnessed.
Mr. Secretary, this is repeating itself over and over and over again against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the region. In 2004, Colin Powell, when he was secretary of state, came before Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I believe you served on that committee at that point, and declared what was happening in Darfur to be a genocide.
There are 200 members of Congress in a bi-partisan fashion, we’ve put our names on a resolution that is forthcoming that declares this genocide. There is a growing international consensus in this regard. The European Parliament has passed something similar. The U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pope Francis has spoken out, Hillary Clinton has called it such, Marco Rubio, the international association of genocide scholars.
I want a note as well a word of thanks to you and President Obama for the quick action on Mount Sinjar that actually saved the lives of women and children, countless persons who would have been wiped out and victimized.
So, what I’m urging here today is that you use the authority and power of your office to call this genocide, to help restore the rich tapestry of the ancient faith traditions in the Middle East, to stop this assault on human dignity and civilization itself. And to set potentially the conditions that we are all hoping and praying for that re-establishes stability and reintegration of these ancient faith traditions into the fabric of the communities in the Middle East entirely.
I think the stability, the future stability, of the entire region depends upon this.
Kerry: Well again Congressman thank you for a very moving and eloquent description of the problem. And I appreciate, you were lucky to be in that room to witness that, and I certainly appreciate your reactions to it. And I share just a huge sense of revulsion over these acts, obviously. None of us have ever seen anything like it in our lifetimes. Although, obviously, if you go back to the Holocaust, the world has seen it.
We are currently doing what I have to do, which is review very carefully the legal standards and precedents for whatever judgment is made. I can tell you we are doing that. I have had some initial recommendations made to me. I have asked for some further evaluation. And I will make a decision on this. And I will make a decision on it as soon as I have that additional evaluation and we will proceed forward from there.
I understand how compelling it is. Christians have been moved in many parts now of the Middle East, I might add. This is not just in Syria, but in other places there has been an increased forced evacuation and displacement, which is equally disturbing, though it’s not—you know, they aren’t killing them in that case, but it’s a removal, and a cleansing ethnically and religiously, which is deeply disturbing. So we are very much focused on this. And, as I say, I will make a judgement soon.
Fortenberry: They have taken the conditions for life as well as life away from Christians, Yazidis, and religious minorities. And I bring up the declaration by former Secretary of State Colin Powell to demonstrate the power that the declaration actually has, because in doing so he helped put a stop to that grim reality there in Darfur.
I know you share deep sympathies in this regard. I just urge you, and plead with you, partner with us. There is a growing consensus that this is not only true and real but I think, again, it sets the condition for whatever the future settlement we have to have.
Most everyone would agree it doesn’t take a doctorate in rocket science to declare the systematic extermination of individuals practicing religions other than Islam as genocide or crimes against humanity. In the tradition of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, the Islamic State enslaves, tortures and murders those who will not convert to Islam. What is so difficult for Kerry to understand that he needs an “additional evaluation” to call a spade a spade? More than likely, it is the political correctness bull manure that is guiding “His Supreme Dumb-bumness” in his decision-making process. Is it any wonder this nation is the laughing stock and backside of jokes the world over? All one has to do is look at the Secretary of State and his boss to answer that question.
Does anyone actually believe he was repulsed by the acts committed by these Muslim barbarians after his actions in Vietnam on a Navy swift boat? Hardly. He doesn’t want to admit guilt. Calling the crimes of the Islamic State what they are – genocide – is long overdue by Congress and this administration. However, what can one expect of traitors? The organization committing these atrocities are the same individuals the united States created, backed, supported, and provided equipment under the guise of arming the non-existent rebels fighting against Assad in Syria. By officially calling the IS actions genocide, it is a good as admitting their guilt.
*Article by Suzanne Hamner