Now that a new government has finally formed, it is time for Maliki to switch his focus from trying to remain prime minister to fulfilling his duty as head of state to protect the most vulnerable among his population. But let’s be honest—without enormous pressure from his backers in the U.S., Maliki has little incentive to turn his attention to this problem. And yet the U.S. and the international community thus far have barely managed to muster the most muted response to anti-Christian violence in Iraq. This week the United Nations Security Council and the United States released a bland and utterly ineffectual statement condemning the attacks on Iraq’s Christians “in the strongest terms,” while at the same time reaffirming its support “for the people and government of Iraq.”
That is not nearly enough to get the attention of the Iraqi government. What is needed is a firm condemnation by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacting specifically to al Qaeda’s explicit plans to rid Iraq of its Christian communities and warning the Iraqi government that there will be dire consequences to its continuing inaction on this urgent matter. A number of online petitions have sprung up on the Internet urging Clinton to do just that, but so far there has been no official statement by the U.S. government.
This silence cannot stand. Americans of all faiths must band together and pressure the State Department to do something about the wanton murder of Iraqi Christians before it’s too late and there are no more Christians in Iraq to protect. What is happening in Iraq is genocide, plain and simple. It must be stopped now.
I discussed the symbiotic relationship between liberals and Islamicists in Strange Bedfellows: Liberals and Muslims. I honestly think that the Obama Administration has swallowed hook, line and sinker the idea that the Middle East is the property of Islam and all others are intruders. Never mind that, back when there really was an operating caliphate (Ottoman Empire), the Porte had no problem until the very end using its Christian subjects to its greatest advantage. Now ethnic and religious cleansing is the deal in the dar-al-saalam and that’s what’s going on in Iraq.
Be sure that Bibi Netanyahu and his colleagues in Jerusalem are taking note of this, which is one reason why the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are going nowhere. But at least the Israelis have, person for person, the finest military in the world to defend themselves. The Christians in Iraq don’t.
I think it’s also fair to say that the Obama Administration has a talent in convincing large populations of people that it has no intention of defending them against their enemies. That’s part of the reason why we got the result we did earlier this month. Jimmy Carter had the same talent and got to boot for it in 1980. Whether this is possible in a country where so many are so dependent on so much government largesse remains to be seen.