From The New York Times:
Islamic State Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq-U.N.
By REUTERS FEB. 4, 2015, 11:45 A.M. E.S.T.
GENEVA — Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.
“We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities,” committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. “The scope of the problem is huge.”
Children from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but also Shi’ites and Sunnis, have been victims, she said.
“We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” Winter told Reuters. “There was a video placed (online) that showed children at a very young age, approximately eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers.”
More at the original.
Effigy (c. 1199) of Richard I at Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou
But, for our esteemed President, the man who twice received a majority of the votes cast, why, we can’t be so very concerned, because in 1191, King Richard Cœur de Lion
ordered the massacre at Ayyadieh
, killing as man as 3,000 Muslim soldiers. That tremendous crime, only 823½ years ago!
must give us pause in our concern over Da’ish’s atrocities.
In the meantime, His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan has unleashed his military against Da’ish, to the extent that he is capable. Before he succeed to the throne, as Prince Abdullah, he trained at Sandhurst, served in the British Army, and later became the commander of Jordan’s special forces units, expanding their size and improving their training, to the point that they are considered the most capable Arab military force.
By Van Hipp:
King Abdullah has stated that he would fight ISIS until Jordan “ran out of fuel and bullets. In a visit with congressional leaders this week, he said that he had requested aircraft parts, additional night vision equipment, and precision munitions. Earlier this week, all 26 members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, in a true bipartisan fashion, wrote a letter to both the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense urging that the U.S. move with speed to ensure that Jordan receives the military supplies it requires.
King Abdullah is a leader and it’s time for the United States to stand with him and give him all that he needs. Here is what the U.S. must do now to support King Abdullah:
- Remove the State Department’s roadblocks.
- Provide the requested aircraft parts, night vision equipment, and precision munitions.
- Provide humanitarian assistance for Jordan’s refugee crisis.
- Share the most up-to-date intelligence on ISIS as possible.
- Upgrade their fighters and give training.
- Provide better downed pilot response.
- Treat Jordan like the ally they are.
Make no mistake – the fight against radical Islam is the challenge of our time. Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey stated that there are now open cases looking into individuals who may be related to ISIS in every state of the union except Alaska.
This is not the time to continue “tap dancing” around ISIS and radical Islam. This is the time for real American leadership.
But, of course, bipartisan support in the Congress notwithstanding, your Editor does not expect President Obama to actually do anything more in any battle against Da’ish. He’s a leftist, and the left are so thoroughly eaten up by multiculturalism and empathy for our enemies that actually doing something is anathema to them.