WASHINGTON TIMES — Secretary of State John Kerry’s unannounced visit to Baghdad on Friday was notable for what he didn’t say as much as what he did.
More than three weeks after Mr. Kerry formally declared that the Islamic State, or ISIS, had committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, and after the House had passed the genocide resolution calling for this designation, the topic was not even mentioned in his meetings with Prime Minister Haider Abadi or with the officials representing the Kurdish Regional Government, according to Baghdad sources. Advocates for victims of the genocide in Mesopotamia were left to wonder,”Why not?”
Mr. Kerry’s trip was an effort to shore up the position of Mr. Abadi, who has been under fire for weeks with charges of corruption from the party of the radical Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, and to report successes in reclaiming territory occupied by ISIS. Mr. Kerry announced $155 million of additional humanitarian aid would be coming to the U.N. agencies helping feed and house the millions of internally displaced people in Iraq. Nothing about the secretary’s visit at the State Department website mentions genocide, Christians, Yazidis or other genocide victims.