by Terrence McCoy
August 7, 2014
From Ed Lasky: The world seemingly has no interest in the human rights abuses that go on daily at a breathtaking rate and with a viscousness that far exceeds anything seen in the Arab-Israeli conflict. BUT WE SURE HEAR A LOT ABOUT ISRAEL. Especially from the podium at the US State Department. Hey—how about that Atrocities Prevention Board, whose formation was so grandly announced at the Holocaust Museum a few years ago by Barack Obama—the ONE THAT NEVER EVEN MET. Samantha Power—who so obtusely called herself the “genocide chick”—where is she? As others have commented, if she had integrity she would have resigned a while ago from being the US Ambassador to the UN. Come to think of it, Ira Forman-former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council (who promoted Obama for years before Jewish audiences) was rewarded for his efforts by being appointed as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. He has been completely ineffective as anti-Semitism rages around the world, happy with his title and sinecure, rewarded to him for a job well-done http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/07/31/european-anti-semitism-surges/
In the back of a cavernous hall, standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, an Iraqi politician known for her passion began to shriek. Her name was Vian Dakhil: the lone representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq’s parliament. And she was asking for someone, anyone to listen. The Islamic State had just expelled thousands of her people from the northern town of Sinjar. Stranded on a barren mountain without food or water, they faced extermination. Women, she said, were being sold as sexual slaves. Children, she said, were dying. Someone, she said, must take notice. “We are being slaughtered!” she sobbed, voice raw and worn out, as seen on this parliamentary video. “We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the Earth. In the name of humanity, save us!”
Far away from the hotly-covered regions of the world, there is an unfolding humanitarian crisis —others say emerging genocide — occurring on a dust-choked spit of earth called Sinjar Mountain. On Wednesday, reports The Washington Post’s Loveday Morris, Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies — but would they be enough?……“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” Marzio Babille, the Iraqi representative for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, told The Post. “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”…….