The genocide against Middle-Eastern Christians approaches its endgame, while Western leaders look away as resolutely as they ignored the Holocaust when it was happening. In time, there will be crocodile tears and, perhaps, a museum designed by an in-demand architect. For now, though, the presidents and prime ministers who romanticize Islam and explain away its excesses all but condone the extermination of a 2,000-year-old religious civilization.
It’s nothing new. Although genocides stretch back into history’s mists, the industrial-strength exterminations that began with the Young Turks’ butchery of Armenians in 1915 and reached their apogee (thus far) with the Holocaust have established a comfortable precedent for those who lead democracies: Temporize at length and regret at leisure.
But what about the perpetrators? Why do militarized societies struggling desperately for their survival choose to divert resources for the murder of their own docile minorities? While it’s an historical truth that men may hate a distant foe in theory but kill their neighbors in practice, it’s nonetheless striking that embattled authoritarian, nationalist or fanatical religious regimes commit cultural and even practical suicide by turning on a proclaimed enemy within.Read the rest of Peters' op-ed HERE and watch a related video below:
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