Fireworks erupted at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Thursday when the nation’s top diplomat was pressed on why the State Department has not branded the ISIS massacres of Christians a genocide.
Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that “something needs to be done quickly” but said they have to do more legal legwork before that designation is made.
“The whole world knows Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican and frequent critic of the Obama Administration.
Rohrabacher also was not satisfied when Kerry said the greatest threat to the U.S. is “violent extremism, radical religious extremism.”
When Rohrabacher asked Kerry why he didn’t use the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” Kerry quickly answered: “It is predominantly Islamic and I have no hesitation in saying that.”
Under further questioning, Kerry also noted that most of the victims of ISIS are other Muslims — and that Muslims are leading the fight against the murderous militants who have carved out a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Following the lead of the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration has avoided using the words “Islamic terrorism” because it doesn’t want to offend America’s Muslim allies in the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Also, while there is a lot of support in Congress for declaring Iraqi and Syrian Christians victims of genocide, doing so could place a legal obligation on the U.S. to directly intervene in the fight against ISIS.
While the administration has yet to label what ISIS is doing as genocide, President Obama issued a statement in December on persecuted Christians around the world.
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SOURCE: NBC News