““We are being slaughtered!” she sobbed, her voice raw and worn out, as seen on this parliamentary video. “We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the Earth. In the name of humanity, save us!””
“Brothers, away from all humanitarian disputes, we want humanitarian solidarity” (1:00)
Kurdish MP Vian Dakhil pleading for life before Parliament, August 5, 2014:
One Yazidis showed al-Jazeera a series of text messages received by Yazidis upon the arrival of ISIS, reading: “Where are you going to go? I swear [to] God I will cut you into pieces… We are coming for you, you pig, you enemy of God.”
The Yazidis took the threat seriously. The Washington Post reports that estimates vary from 10,000 to 40,000 Yazidis currently stranded on a mountain above Sinjar, knowing their immediate death awaits them at the foot of the mountain.
Thousands of Yazidis — a Kurdish ethno-religious community — have been trapped on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq as they attempt to escape the extremists’ grasp. The sole parliamentary representative of the Yazidis, Vian Dakhil, warned that her small community, which has roots in a 4,000 year-old faith, faces the threat of extermination.
Other religious and ethnic groups, including Christians, Shiite Turkmens and Shabaks, have also recently been displaced since the Islamic State began waging a violent campaign against minorities in the territory it controls.
Yazidis believe in one God and worship seven angels. Melek Taus, known as the Peacock Angel, plays the most important role. Worship of the Peacock Angel is where the label “devil worshipper” stems from. Christianity and Islam view the Peacock Angel as a fallen angel or devil for refusing to bow before Adam. Yazidis interpret this as a test of the Peacock Angel’s commitment to God and see the Peacock Angel as the chief of God’s angels.
David Rubin: Is that then part of it? This is so savage that partly . . . you know, everyone keeps saying the images out of Gaza are horrible, which they are, but there’s this definitive narrative There’s a bomb that drops on something . . .
Nikki DeLoach: It’s a war that we recognize. That’s how we’ve seen war. This is not that. This is savage. It’s like . . . medieval . . . something you would see on Game of Thrones.”
I doubt any will see the mass beheading of children (as has been reported in relation to the slaughter of Chaldean Christians in Iraq) on Game of Thrones.
(CNN) — If you’re following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you’ve mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago.
“The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” Sako told a special church service in east Baghdad where around 200 Muslims joined Christians in solidarity.
http://phylliscartersjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-abuse-of-god-death-and-destruction.html – 8/8/2014 (I continue updating a piece for a little while afterwards as new and telling verbiage appears. As ISIS is basically a raiding party, events move very quickly through its machinations. Where it hustles, Iraq and its allies plod, by comparison, toward getting their act together. At the moment, Aug. 8, 2014, and despite some U.S. activity, ISIS has battlefield resource superiority — arms and ammo, cash, armor and domestic vehicles, a modern enough headquarters, and some techniques in cover and cruelty that have made them especially hard to get at. In their world, the world is running away from them, which for plunder must suit them fine).
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/world/iraq-options/index.html “U.S. drops humanitarian aid in Iraq.”
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