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house Bill H. Con. Res. 75

Does the U.S. Need to Call ISIS Atrocities Against Ethnic and Religious Minorities "Genocide"?

Argument in favor

ISIS is carrying out a campaign of terror against ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to eliminate them from the region. That’s the definition of genocide, and Congress should call it what it is to mobilize a response.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/11/2016
As ISIS is specifically targeting groups for death to eliminate them, yes.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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03/11/2016
Yes, PC Politicians need to acknowledge yet another fine attribute of the "Religion of Peace" along with throwing gays off rooftops, beheading infidels, mutilating women, raping children, stoning, burning people in cages, and finally, honor killings. Like the President says, "A great religion woven in the fabric of American History." I guess I missed the picture of Martha Washington, or Abigail Adams in a burka.
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Sid's Opinion
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03/12/2016
I think we should call it "Radical Islamic Terrorism" as well as "genocide" and wipe them from the face of the earth.
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Argument opposed

It would be a mistake for Congress to call these atrocities “genocide” and “war crimes” while the State Department will be soon be completing an investigation into whether the situation meets the definition of genocide.

Dinnerandamurder's Opinion
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03/15/2016
It obviously is genocide, but it's not Congress's place to make that call. This is an International matter and Congress is meant to legislate domestically. They are not the State Department or the executive branch, despite how much they try to act like it. Do your job of getting America back on track and stop holding up every bill that comes through that wasn't written by a republican!
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Steven's Opinion
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03/14/2016
There's a lot to unpack here. Congress is the IS legislative branch. So being our countries voice in the international community falls to the executive branch. So this is not their lane in the road. So an attempt to weigh in on this is an attempt to make themselves relevant in a situation where they are not. Next, if this bill passes do they (Congress) imagine that the rest of the civilized world will go out and take up arms against ISIS because of a US Congressional declaration? Countries with the resources and interest to take up arms against ISIS have done so. Those that haven't for whatever reason money, politics or disinterest, haven't. Will Congress branding them war criminals change this? No, so get your collective heads out your @$$'s and worry about your lane in the road, namely what's going on in this country and leave foreign affairs to the Executive branch like the Constitution says.
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David's Opinion
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03/16/2016
Another intrusion by Congress into foreign policy -- the Constitutional Provence of the Executive. And another waste of time. Shouldn't Congress more fruitfully use their time to fund fixing our infrastructure?
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    As ISIS is specifically targeting groups for death to eliminate them, yes.
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    It obviously is genocide, but it's not Congress's place to make that call. This is an International matter and Congress is meant to legislate domestically. They are not the State Department or the executive branch, despite how much they try to act like it. Do your job of getting America back on track and stop holding up every bill that comes through that wasn't written by a republican!
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    Yes, PC Politicians need to acknowledge yet another fine attribute of the "Religion of Peace" along with throwing gays off rooftops, beheading infidels, mutilating women, raping children, stoning, burning people in cages, and finally, honor killings. Like the President says, "A great religion woven in the fabric of American History." I guess I missed the picture of Martha Washington, or Abigail Adams in a burka.
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    There's a lot to unpack here. Congress is the IS legislative branch. So being our countries voice in the international community falls to the executive branch. So this is not their lane in the road. So an attempt to weigh in on this is an attempt to make themselves relevant in a situation where they are not. Next, if this bill passes do they (Congress) imagine that the rest of the civilized world will go out and take up arms against ISIS because of a US Congressional declaration? Countries with the resources and interest to take up arms against ISIS have done so. Those that haven't for whatever reason money, politics or disinterest, haven't. Will Congress branding them war criminals change this? No, so get your collective heads out your @$$'s and worry about your lane in the road, namely what's going on in this country and leave foreign affairs to the Executive branch like the Constitution says.
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    I think we should call it "Radical Islamic Terrorism" as well as "genocide" and wipe them from the face of the earth.
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    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Do we really have to wait for the State Department to complete an investigation on a duck to call it a duck? What an absurd waste of my tax dollars and yours too.
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    The facts are indisputable that this is genocide. If American "representatives" are so mired in political correctness they refuse to clearly identify it as such, they are complicent .
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    ISIS is slaughtering innocent people of other religions. I think its ok to call this genocide.
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    They are killing, beheading, drowning, and much more.
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    Genocide, terrorism vest bombing are all atrocities!
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    ISIS has clearly declared that they are acting against Christians and Christianity itself. This is no longer a simple crusade of one religion against another, it is pure genocide.
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    Label them in whatever way justifies neutralizing/eliminating them. No more word games. Just take action now! They have given up their right to peacefully co-inhabit this planet, with life loving human beings. Track them down and kill them. No way to make it sound pretty.
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    Allen, where in the world does that have any relevance to this bill? Really, get a grip. That is what ISIS is doing and that is what we should call it when asked. Am so tired of PC hypocrites. They want to be PC on little insignificant issues but want to run and jam their head in the sand when it comes to big issues and significant events. Their excuse,"we don't want to offend anyone.". Think on this PC hypocrites. You offend people when you make extra effort not to offend people. Someone is always going to be offended. Do you GET IT?
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    It is obvious that that is what they are attempting to do. By not calling it that we are sugar coating things that ought not to be sugar coated.
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    Arbitrary!! Do you guys seriously waste your time like this?
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    Another intrusion by Congress into foreign policy -- the Constitutional Provence of the Executive. And another waste of time. Shouldn't Congress more fruitfully use their time to fund fixing our infrastructure?
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    We need to work together with the international community through the UN to promote human rights and end genocide.
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    Assyrian Christians and Yezidi minorities are being killed and eliminated from their homeland. This absolutely qualifies as Genocide, and needed to be recognized as such, a long time ago. Washington's snail like pace when acting on this has been disheartening.
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    There's no reason to wait for the State Department's bureaucracy to catch up with us; ISIS wants to eliminate all Christians, Kurds, and other religious and ethnic minorities of Iraq and Syria through murder if they refuse to convert to the Wahhabist Sunni faith. This fits the definition of genocide.
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    Or congress could stop trying to be the world police and take care of America
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