U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday what already seems obvious: ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS atrocities surely deserve every form of condemnation the international community can muster. So what took so long? After all, Congress was quicker to act, voting unanimously to label ISIS atrocities as genocide in a nonbinding resolution earlier this week. But Congress has greater freedom of action here: A congressional resolution has persuasive moral force but does not trigger an obligation to act. A statement by the president or his secretary of state, on the other hand, is a different story, explaining the additional caution and deliberation many have criticized.… Seguir leyendo »