ISIS has now taken control of the hydroelectric dam near Mosul, and overrun the Christian stronghold of Qaraqosh. If ISIS, which is insane, blows up that dam, it could wash Mosul away and inundate the predominantly Shia city of Baghdad downriver. Meanwhile, the refugee Christians and Yazidis face massacre at the hand of these Muslim death cultists. George Packer writes:
It’s hard to know what, if anything, is left of the humanitarian responsibilities of the international community. The age of intervention is over, killed in large part by the Iraq war. But justifiable skepticism about the use of military force seems also to have killed off the impulse to show solidarity with the helpless victims of atrocities in faraway places. There’s barely any public awareness of the unfolding disaster in northwestern Iraq, let alone a campaign of international support for the Yazidis—or for the Christians who have been driven out of Mosul or the Sunni Arabs who don’t want to live under the tyranny of ISIS. The front-page news continues to be the war in Gaza, a particular Western obsession whether one’s views are pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, or pro-plague-on-both-houses. Nothing that either side has done in that terrible conflict comes close to the routine brutality of ISIS.
Karim couldn’t help expressing bitterness about this. “I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,” he said. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.’ ”
I wish the Israelis would attack the Christians and the Yazidis. Then maybe the West, especially the Western media, would care more than we do.
I have felt pretty strongly that the US should stay out of this fight, but this is about to turn into a genocide. Air strikes, heavily arming the Kurds, and humanitarian aid drops seem justified to me at this point.