Of all the U.S. foreign policy catastrophes, Christian genocide will be the enduring legacy of Barack Obama’s administration, and Hillary Clinton must share part of the blame.
Clinton was secretary of state when ISIS emerged, when ISIS captured huge portions of Syria and Iraq, and when Christians were targeted for death, expulsion and enslavement.
Who imagined seven years ago that Obama would flee from a stable working democracy in Iraq that quickly turned into an international killing ground, focused on destroying 2,000-year-old Christian communities.
Vice President Joe Biden declared in 2010 that Iraq was one of Clinton’s “great achievements.” Instead, a true Middle Age international terror force was unleashed on the world, killing hundreds of thousands.
First the Yazidis, an old religion loosely connected to Islam, were massacred, and women and children taken as slaves. Obama-Clinton watched. Only the Kurds took action to save the remaining Yazidis.
In Mosul, Christians were given days to leave their homes or die. Their homes were marked with a Christian symbol giving them notice. Their churches were destroyed. Those who didn’t leave after ISIS claimed ownership were cruelly executed or enslaved.
Maronite, Greek-Orthodox, Melkite, Armenian, Chaldean and Syrian Orthodox all face genocide in the Middle East.
During these punishing biblical times, what does the Obama administration worry about the most? Climate change. How does Obama deal with the Christian and Yazidi refugees? Ignore them.
Just last week the State Department announced another 10,000 Syrian migrants would be granted asylum and money to come to America. Most of the migrants are young Muslim men leaving their daughters, wives, sisters and mothers. Of the 10,000 migrants, only 84 Christians were admitted.
This is not an oversight. This is deliberate. To discriminate against a class of genocide victims is wrong, and it may well constitute a war crime.
The State Department claims the Muslim migrants were vetted. But it was Sunni Muslims working for the United Nations who preselected Sunni Muslims to come to America.
Why so few Christians? Christians cannot seek refuge at any U.N. camp because Sunnis control the camps and make life unbearable for nonbelievers.
Congress could do something by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to give preference to groups threatened with actual genocide. That would give priority to Yazidis and Christians. Muslims could stay in safety zones with their families. There is little refuge for Yazidis or Christians in Syria or Iraq.
HR 4017, called the “Save Christians & Yazidis from Genocide Act,” is attempting to rectify this. The act, authored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Orange County Republican, offers the most reasonable solution for Americans who want to help the most endangered populations.
During this week, evangelical leaders, nongovernmental organizations for Christian relief and American Middle East churches are meeting with Rohrabacher to make this a national issue.
Bill Clinton’s biggest regret as president is that he didn’t act sooner in Rwanda once the 1994 genocide began; 300,000 lives could have been saved.
“It had an enduring impact on me,” Clinton said in 2013.
What better question to ask Hillary Clinton than how she could justify watching this genocide while she was secretary of state and now not give its victims priority.
Donald Trump will be getting a lot of free advice. But the human question of genocide is probably most important.
Southern California attorney Shawn Steel is California committeeman to the Republican National Committee, ShawnSteel@shawnsteel.com.