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Experts slam report on U.S. reaction to Syrian genocide

International | Holocaust Museum pulls the study exonerating the Obama administration
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/06/17, 03:22 pm

SYRIA: On the eve of its release, the U.S. Holocaust Museum yanked back a major study set to exonerate the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria after prominent genocide experts protested.

“The first thing I have to say is: Shame on the Holocaust Museum,” Leon Wieseltier, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former New Republic editor, told Tablet, a Jewish news website. Wieseltier slammed the museum for “releasing an allegedly scientific study that justifies bystanderism.”

In a state-run spectacle that’s a cross between sick and sweet, Syria’s national soccer team survived its first match with Iran to continue its bid for World Cup qualification.

HURRICANE ALLEY: Hurricane Irma slammed islands in the Caribbean on Wednesday, making landfall at Barbuda before hitting St. Barts and St. Martin. The Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba are all in its path before what’s being called “the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history” reaches the U.S. mainland.

INDIA: Church leaders are cautiously optimistic with the appointment of a Christian member of Parliament to the Cabinet, a first for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

SUDAN: Christian refugee children from South Sudan are being forced to recite Islamic prayers to receive food, according to an aid group working with the approximately 700,000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images Code-breakers attending the reunion at Bletchley Park pose for a photo Sunday.

BRITAIN: The Enigma code-breakers at Bletchley Park gathered for a reunion last weekend. Look at their 90-year-old-plus faces in the photo above, and remember the world would be different if they hadn’t cracked the infamous Nazi code.

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    Posted: Thu, 09/07/2017 09:07 am

    It was always ironic to me that Susan Power--who served President OBama at the U.N.--- wrote fervidly and accurately describing the inaction and indifference of Bill Clinton to the slaughters which we now know (and knew then as well) took place in Rwanda. [This was depicted in the wonderful Don Cheadle film "Hotel Rwanda"]. The western "civilized" world's reaction to the stack of corpses was muted. The U.N did dispatch a few Belgians to the region to verify the genocide but no actual force sufficient enough to halt the killing and restore order.

    European intervention would have fueled indignant rants about colonial powers meddling in Africa. As for Clinton, the memory of dead Americans mutilated in Somalia and then dragged thru the streets [which was eerily repeated later in Iraq] soured Bill Clinton on any other "humanitarian" military interventions. To his credit however on a subsequent apology tour Clinton admitted inaction on his part contributed to the stack of dead Africans. As many noted at the time Rwanda like Syria today is not on anyone's radar due to its lack of proven oil reserves. Ditto the long-standing brtual regime in Zimbabwe.

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    Posted: Thu, 09/07/2017 09:15 am

    The Christian gent in the Modi government will do exactly what as head of the Tourism cabinet job? Does he let his faith guide or influence his approach to govt? Is he a Christian merely because his parents and grandparents were? I'm inclined to believe he is likely like so many US liberal Christians who proudly boast of not letting their religious views influence their politics a strategy first embraced by JFK.