First, lets provide you with the definition of genocide. It is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. From 2003 to 2014 radical Muslims that comprise the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, have murdered at least 1,131 Christians. Also, at least 125 Christian churches have been attacked or destroyed by ISIS. Those people killed in that time period were the ones documented. Many more have been slaughtered through 2015 through 2017. So, why exactly does the United States State Department legal team think that this would not be considered genocide anymore?
The United States State Department legal team has removed the word “genocide” from speeches and official documents that describe the Islamic State’s actions against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities.
The Washington Free Beacon published a report this week that said State Department lawyers “are systematically removing the word ‘genocide’ to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities” from documents and speeches before they are given.
The State Department has not commented on the report.
Nina Shea, a human rights activist and former commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told the Beacon that Richard Visek, that State Department’s acting legal adviser, made the decision to make the change.
“I don’t think for a minute it’s a bureaucratic decision — it’s ideological,” Shea said.
Since ISIS came to power in Iraq in 2014, thousands of Christians and other minorities have fled their homes because of the violence. Thousands of Yazidis have been killed or kidnapped.
Then in March 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry called the Islamic State’s actions a “genocide.”
But activists are now claiming that the State Department’s changes and Democratic senators’ efforts to block Trump’s nomination to the U.S. Agency for International Development “guarantee that Obama-era policies that worked to exclude Iraq’s Christian and other minority religious populations from the key U.S. aid programs remain in place.”
“Iraq is home to one of the four largest remaining Christian communities in the Middle East that are about to become extinct,” Shea said. “Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama made catastrophic mistakes that left these communities on the brink of extinction, but it’s going to be on President Trump’s watch as to whether they survive or become extinct.”
Why is it important to use the word “genocide”? Because, words matter and people act accordingly to words. History has shown, like Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia or Darfur that once the word “genocide” is used to classify atrocious crimes against humanity then normally it is followed by international action to stop the atrocities.