In July 2007, Obama said that preventing genocide wasn’t a good enough reason to be in Iraq.
When two tons of explosives detonated in four coordinated explosions in the northern Iraqi villages of Qahtaniya and Jazeera on August 14, 2007, the target was Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic and religious minority.
796 people died and over 1,500 were wounded as a fireball led to the collapse of mud and stone buildings on families trapped inside; many were then burned alive.
The bombers that day, and those behind them, were the Muslim Sunni supremacists of al-Qaeda in Iraq. And they openly say that the moment they get the chance (i.e. when the Americans leave) they will wipe out every last Yazidi man, woman and child.
On September 3, the U.S. military killed the mastermind of the bombings, Abu Mohammed al-Afri. But Islamist websites have since vowed that they will “finish al-Afri’s job.”
Behind a curtain in a corner of the intensive care unit in Dohuk’s emergency hospital, six-year-old Ferhad lay motionless on a bed yesterday, his head shrouded in bandages. He did not stir as his older brother, Amin, leant across and wiped his body with a flannel.
“I am afraid he is a hopeless case,” said Abdullah Ibrahim, the chief trauma surgeon, holding up an x-ray. “A large piece of shrapnel has destroyed his brain. All we can do now is provide a quiet place for him to die.”
“The Islamic terrorists had made it very clear that they wanted to see rivers of Yezidi blood,” said Prince Tahseen. But no one, least of all the US army, which is nominally in control of the region, was listening.
In the split second it took for the first truck bomb to destroy Kahtaniya, Sanar Salim, 10, became the hero of the house.
He could hear his brother, 8, and sister, 2, screaming, but he could not see them through the smoke and dust, he said on Wednesday. The clay walls of his parents’ bedroom had collapsed, burying them.
“When I found them, my sister’s crib had flipped over, and my brother was covered in blood,” Sanar said.
“I picked up my sister and took my brother and went outside, but I was crying too.”
Despite media claims that this genocide came out of nowhere, it didn’t. This had been going on since at least 2007. It just didn’t get as much coverage because in the spring and summer of 2007, the media had been obsessed with… what else… Gaza.
Obama insisted on pretending this wasn’t an issue in 2007. He went on pretending until very recently when he once again “found out from the news” that it was an issue.
The question is what else is he deliberately ignoring now that will blow up tomorrow?