Recent news reports from the Obama administration state the US will accept 100,000 + Syrian refugees from Islamic State fighting in the next year., most if not all Muslims. Some have praised this, some questioned and even challenged. And we can see the turmoil in many European nations regarding the flood of migrants, in the 100,000s +.
At the same time, we have the following reports:
"The fate of those Iraqi Christians who had fled from the Islamic State only to be incarcerated in the United States
has finally been decided by the Obama administration: they are to be
thrown back to the lions, where they will likely be persecuted if not
slaughtered like so many Iraqi Christians before them."
What is going on?
"It is also worth noting that because Christians in Iraq and Syria are
facing genocide—as opposed to displacement—there is a limited window
for rescue. Unlike the thousands of refugees pouring into Europe, who
are mostly escaping the violence driven by the sectarian war in Syria,
Christians are facing a targeted campaign of annihilation. The U.S.
ought to take that distinction into consideration when prioritizing the
resettlement of the additional 30,000 refugees the country is slated to
absorb over the next two years.
Earlier this year, Rep. Juan Vargas,
a California Democrat, introduced House Resolution 1568, the
“Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015.” The
act’s modest goal is to require the secretary of state to “report to
Congress a plan to expedite the processing of refugee admissions
applications” for religious minorities threatened with extinction by
The bill hasn’t moved in Congress, partly due to
inattention but also because the Obama administration seems to want
nothing to do with it."
"A scientific poll born out of a Holocaust-based film reveals that 1 in 3
American adults say they would have said “no” if asked to hide a Jew
were they around during the Holocaust."
"Anybody who hoped Russian President Vladimir Putin would have the
key to defeating Islamic State or bringing peace to Syria just got
their answer: The first airstrikes in Russia’s air campaign in that
benighted country didn’t target the terrorist group at all.
Putin followed President Bashar al-Assad’s playbook. The Syrian
leader's forces have rarely taken on Islamic State unless forced to do
so. Indeed, Assad has seen the fanatical Islamist force as a useful ally
in persuading the international community that Syria’s war consists of a
choice between him and barbarians, with nothing in between. As Putin
put it in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Assad is “valiantly fighting terrorism face-to-face.”
he is not. To create the binary choice Assad seeks, and to eliminate
any opposition that the U.S. and Europe might consider acceptable,
Syria’s president has directed his fire power against rebel groups other
than Islamic State, making him an ally of opportunity for the terrorist
organization. By contrast, the groups that Assad attacks, and which
Russia struck on Wednesday, do routinely fight Islamic State."
And here is another take on this that was sent to me after the above postings: