On Monday, two towns that the Obama administration said they secured in August have been taken over by ISIS. The administration’s contain and destroy mission is still a failure as expected by most.
The towns on Mount Sinjar have forced hundreds to flee. Thousands more are stranded and face genocide.
“We are outnumbered and outgunned. We don’t know how long we can hold them off,” said Ali Qasem, a Yazidi volunteer on the mountain.
Mr. Obama’s policy is meant to contain the disaster until he leaves office in 2016.
U.S. officials warned months ago that if ISIS militants succeeded in advancing this far, the Yazidi population would face “a potential genocide.”
Tens of thousands fled during the original siege but many have returned since because they were under the false impression that the U.S. is fighting a legitimate air campaign and not a PR campaign.
ISIS has been torturing, raping and selling women and children after murdering their husbands and fathers in the most brutal manner. The State Department said in September they were looking at ways to rescue the enslaved Yazidis but there is nothing in the administration’s plan that includes the possibility of a rescue. We are only conducting minimal bombing raids and there won’t be boots on the ground for two years. They will be Iraqi and rebel boots but it could well be too late by then.
A Yazidi parliamentarian questioned the fact that U.S. planes were striking ISIS positions in Kobani but not Sinjar. He said the militants sought to control the mountain to gain a strategic refuge near the border with Syria.
“Unfortunately, coalition planes are in the sky and can see the tanks, but they are not striking them,” said Yazidi parliamentarian Mahama Khalil, also on the mountain. “Why do they defend Kobani and not Sinjar?”
Could it be because the U.S. is waging a minimal campaign and it is not a serious campaign?
In a statement late on Monday, ISIS said “The advances are continuous and the armies that liberated Nineveh and Ayn al-Arab are taking another step towards the Mosul dam, to which the mujahideen are very close”.
The Yazidis are begging for help but the U.S. won’t hear their pleas. President Obama wants to play golf.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi lawmaker who represents Yazidis, Vian Dakhil was injured on Tuesday while on a relief flight. The helicopter she was in was “weighed down with Yazidi civilians desperate to be rescued.” She is the woman who broke down on the floor of Parliament in August pleading for help for the Yazidis.
Listen to Vian Dakhil because the same thing is happening all over again:
ISIS continues to gain ground in both Syria and Iraq.
On Sunday, Kerry met with various Southeast Asian leaders in Jakarta to discuss ISIS. One of the leaders he met with was Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei who invoked Sharia law in his own country.
Kerry tied the rise of ISIS with the failure of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. He said:
“And so we have to stop and think about that in the context of this challenge that we face today. I think that it is more critical than ever that we be fighting for peace, and I think it is more necessary than ever. As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to. And people need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity, and Eid celebrates the opposite of all of that.
Kerry’s encouragement of inaction over the ISIS threat, his connecting Israel to ISIS, and his refusal to acknowledge ISIS are radical Islamists and that we need to go to war are all adding fuel to the fires in the mid-East.
There are about 18 million refugees and internally displaced persons in seven Muslim countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – up from 7 million in 2011, according to the UN. Much of the population of Syria has left their homes.
The young men now displaced and living as refugees without a future are in danger of radicalization. Israel had nothing to do with any of this suffering. The future under radical Islam is something Kerry might want to concern himself with.