Skip to comments.ISIS sweep forces religious minority to die of thirst on mountain
Posted on 08/06/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Not Christians or Shiites this time, but the Yazidis, whose numbers reach as high as 600,000 in Iraq and dropping, especially in Sinjar. The sacking of Sinjar has forced the Yazidis to flee to nearby Mount Sinjar to escape brutal execution. What they face on the mountain is a death just as certain, though, and perhaps as torturous:
Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.
Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children.
Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly victims of the harsh conditions in shallow graves, their bodies covered with stones. Iraqi government planes attempted to airdrop bottled water to the mountain on Monday night but reached few of those marooned.
There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads, said Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. Its a disaster, a total disaster.
Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect, which melds parts of ancient Zoroastrianism with Christianity and Islam. They are considered by the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State to be devil worshippers and apostates.
The Yazidis themselves appear to be mainly ethnic Kurds, and isolate themselves from other sects similarly to those sects desire to keep them isolated. According to a profile in the Christian Science Monitor, they have the same traditions of strict enforcement against apostasy as seen in Islams sharia law, but generally keep to themselves.
This, however, is nothing more than brutal mass murder and ethnic cleansing. ISIS want to purge every potential threat to its authority from the territories they have captured. They already openly brag about mass executions and imposition of their version of sharia. Penning up to 40,000 men, women, and children on a mountain to watch them die of thirst is a new low even for ISIS.
The Iraqi government struck back today, although against ISIS in Mosul rather than Sinjar:
Iraqs state TV says a government airstrike in the militant-held northern city of Mosul killed 60 fighters from the extremists Islamic State group.
The TV says the strike at dawn on Wednesday targeted a prison in downtown Mosul used by the Islamic State as a religious court and detention facility.
The report says 60 militants were killed and about 300 people who were in the militants custody were set free. It cited intelligence officials but provided no further information.
ISIS has purged Christians from their ancient communities in Mosul and the Nineveh province over the last several months. The war in Gaza has distracted the West for the last few weeks, but with that war now paused at the very least, perhaps its time to start shifting our gaze back to the much more dangerous situation in Iraq and Syria, where the death tolls already dwarf what has been seen in Gaza.
Weve spent a lot of time intervening in the Gaza war. What has the US done about ISIS, which poses much more of a threat to the US and the West, in a country where our presence might have made a difference? According to former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane, were sitting on our hands while the most significant threat to the Middle East rampages across Iraq:
Is the US still supplying ISIS?
Prayer for Iraq
O God, who art the unsearchable abyss of peace,
the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings
and the bestower of affection,
who sendest peace to those that receive it;
Open to us this day the sea of thy love
and water us with plenteous streams
from the riches of thy grace
and from the most sweet springs of thy kindness.
Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace,
enkindle in us the fire of thy love;
sow in us thy fear;
strengthen our weakness by thy power;
bind us closely to thee and to each other
in our firm and indissoluble bond of unity:
Syrian Clementine Liturgy (in: For all God’s people; p. 73)
Litany for Iraq
For lasting peace in this ancient land – From you, O Lord.
For wisdom and compassion for all in authority – From you, O Lord.
For comfort for families separated or bereaved – From you, O Lord.
For the release of captives – From you, O Lord.
For safety and security for minority communities.
For refreshment for the weary and healing for the sick – From you, O Lord.
For continuing faithfulness of the ancient churches of this land – From you, O Lord.
For tenacity of spirit for small Christian groups – From you, O Lord.
For the mutual enrichment and support of those of different Christian traditions – From you, O Lord.
You, Lord of all, we confess;
You, Lord Jesus, we glorify;
For you are the life of our bodies
And you are the Saviour of our souls.
The response in the litany and this hymn both come from the Chaldean liturgy. The ancient hymn celebrates Christ the source of resurrection in all situations of death and deprivation. (in: With All God’s People, p. 21, 22)
I was reading another article on ISIS exploit’s. In the comments section, of of the readers suggested that ISIS was only doing this to the Christians because it was angry about what the Jews were doing to the Palestinians.
There are some really twisted moron out there. Sadly, there are probably some liberals who lap that stuff up.
AFAIK US is supplying arms to opposition of Bashar Assad of Syria. Which includes ISIS and other factions.
US also supplied arms and training to Taliban & Al Qaeda to fight Soviet military in Afghanistan.
US also supplied Saddam in his fight against Iran.
US still supplies Pakistan who was hiding Bin Laden for 10 years within a block of their military academy.
Do you see a pattern of foolish foreign policy here?
Thanks for posting it.
anyone remember how quick Obama came to members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that were sentenced to death?
And the Nazis instituted Krystallnacht, only in retaliation for the killing of Von Rath. /s
“Obama” backs ISIS with money, weapons, supplies. The “President” of the U.S. is a Muslim terrorist.
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Excellent! Great quotes!
Oh huge pattern Thanks for filling in my blanks.
Meanwhile. Nick Cage gets rich.
um.. how about taking up arms and fighting !!!
funny how they don’t think of fighting back when it’s muslims attacking them!
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