When the matter at stake is an ongoing genocide, response should be swift and decisive. After all, the days and weeks are measured by the worst kinds of human suffering.
Indigenous Christians and other religious minorities are the targets of an ongoing genocide in Iraq and Syria, with violence spreading in surrounding regions. Earlier this year the House of Representatives passed, unanimously, a resolution to provide relief to survivors of genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against Christians, Yazidis, and Muslim minorities, and it is hoped that a quick passage through the Senate will put it promptly on President Trump’s desk for signature. It would also be wonderful if the remainder (roughly half) of the $5.6 billion earmarked for relief of refugees in the Middle East were allocated and disbursed.