My professional experience working with Iraqi exiles in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, made me live their conviviality beyond any religious difference or political adherence.
Once at a lunch meeting with the Ambassador of Iraq in Washington, D.C., his Excellency Samir Sumaidaie explained: “We do not make any differences in Iraq, and the proof is that the President Jalal Talabani, is Kurdish; the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is Shi’a, and I am Sunni.”
Now, that harmonious equilibrium has been brought to naught by terrorists advancing through Iraq and the Levant.
The incredible progress of internet technology in this century has made it possible that people around the globe can be horrified witnesses of the mass murder of Christians, Yazidis, and even other Muslims, as the terrorists of the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are victoriously advancing their brutal agenda which is now legitimized under the saintly name of the “Islamic State.”
Demonstrators chant pro-al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they wave al-Qaida flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo)
In a satanic holocaust re-do, heads of international organizations as well as presidents of countries, including the pope, are refusing to raise their voice and do what is necessary to stop this new human hecatombe.
Different human rights organizations are reporting that the terrorists of the Islamic State have at least 4,000 prisoners in Syria. A Human Rights Observer in Syria told the Deutsche Presse Agentur that approximately 20 prisoners are Americans and Europeans.
While the United States categorically refuses to pay any ransom to terrorists, some European countries are giving in and that is, rightfully, earning them sharp criticism.
The complexity of the chaos in the Middle East reflects the Islamic sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, which dates back to the succession struggles among Muhammad’s followers after his passing in 632.
Some pretend a lack of pan-Islamic unity is allowing the advance and establishment of the Islamic State.
Be it as it may, as Debka reports: “The Islamists ... are heavily armed with the latest American tanks and self-propelled artillery taken booty from the 30,000 Iraqi soldiers who fled from their advance.”
Iraqi Yazidis, who fled their homes a week ago when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather inside a building under construction where they found refuge on August 10, 2014 in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region. 'The Kurdish peshmerga forces have succeeded in making 30,000 Yazidis who fled Mount Sinjar, most of them women and children, cross into Syria and return to Kurdistan,' said Shawkat Barbahari, a Kurdhish official who is in charge of the Fishkhabur crossing with Syria. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
A few days ago, the Christian shepherd-in-chief initiated his first trip to Asia with a visit to Korea, while his brethren were being taken to their doom. Why does this bring to our mind the vision of a certain golfer president?
Pope Francis’s recent tweets have set the tone: “War never again! Never again war!”
Once again his comments have left many wondering what he was really alluding to when he mentioned the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Addressing journalists on an airborne news conference on his way back from Seoul, he referred to “the unjust aggressor” against the minorities in Iraq that “must be stopped” and he added that “no one state can decide to intervene by itself.”
The crime of aggression has to be taken to the United Nations to decide which are the best means to stop the aggressor. He made clear “I do not say bomb.”
It is evident that the pope does not want war, but there is also no word of how he intends to help save his flock.
"There is a park in Mosul," Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American businessman told CNN during a Skype interview from San Diego, "where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park."
A few days ago, the Islamic State distributed a video with the beheading of the American journalist, James Foley, who had been their hostage since 2012.
I have watched the video. And, although I have not watched a prior beheaded speak in front of the camera, my personal take on Mr. Foley’s address is that he behaves and speaks as a willing participant in this action. The tone of his voice is direct, unhesitant. He includes an appeal to his “brother” in the United States Air Force, asking him to reflect on what he is doing and who those actions affect, including his own family, thus injecting an atom of guilt in one of America’s military men.
James Foley with transparent clarity and determination in his speech prior to his beheading, died showing compassion for the enemies of America, no doubt.
And, it is for this man, that an angry President Barack Obama has said that “the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamic militants shocks the conscience of an entire world.”
This is a despairing contrast to the worldwide “no-comment” in response to the incredible slaughtering of Christians that have been and are being persecuted, or for the countless Christian children who are being tortured and massacred, even beheaded on a daily basis, crucified by the beasts who proudly show their little heads to the damning silence of the world.
Obama said about Foley: “... a man who lived his word and courageously told stories of fellow human beings...the future is shaped by people like James Foley.”
He said the United States will be “relentless” in the pursuit of Foley’s killers.
“When people harm Americans anywhere we do whatever we can to see that justice is done,” he said.
Yes, of course, his and his friends’ beloved anti-Americans like Bowe Bergdahl.
"We do pray, we beg the international community to help the remaining hostages," Foley's mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview with her husband, John, on MSNBC.
Pope Francis, right, blesses a child upon his arrival for the Closing Holy Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
Indeed, and the price will most likely be many lives of American troops, leaving widows, widowers and orphans.
"The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done," says the president who has hired members of the Muslim Brotherhood for key jobs inside his administration; the same president who has refused to acknowledge that the massacre of Fort Hood in 2009 was terrorism and still calls it “workplace violence.”
While America’s National Debt Clock continues ticking and now is speedily approaching $17.7 trillion, the Nobel Peace commander in chief is hurrying into a new war, that is a direct result of his infamous “Cairo Speech” in 2009.
Besides, a president that has armed terrorists and has made the army of his country fight alongside those same terrorists, how is he going to chase and punish said terrorists?
On his part, the Christian leader par excellence, the pope, seems oblivious to the suffering of Middle Eastern Christians, perhaps misguidedly thinking European Christians will be save.
Precious Christian children and their families are being cruelly dragged to their mass graves and are being tortured, beheaded and crucified.
The lack of conscience of the peoples on this planet and their rotten, amoral and immoral leaders worldwide, are no excuse for them to allow the barbarians to take this world to what can be the darkest darkness of History.
One question begs.
What if the Islamic State is the world conquering Muslims’ dream come true?
Eliana Benador: strategist consultant, adviser, opinion writer, and speaker, was founder of Benador Associates and is head of Benador International, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her website is www.elianabenador.com. You may follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.
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