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The Last of the Yezhidis
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/7/2014 10:53:02 PM

The Obama administration has reached what one might call the ‘Pol Pot Aftermath’ of its Middle Eastern policy. Michael Totten notes that ISIS is massacring the Yezhidis, people who practice “the original religion of the Kurds. ” What is worse, according to the New Yorker magazine, this massacre is genocide. George Packer describes the travails of his friend Karim, who “spent years working for the U.S. Army in his area, then for an American medical charity. He’s been waiting for months to find out whether the U.S. government will grant him a Special Immigrant Visa because of his service, and

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What will be the bad tidings of Obama´s lack of interest in the Middle East, perhaps the most important strategic place on earth? We haven´t seen it yet.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/7/2014 10:57:43 PM     (No. 9957490)

My thanks to compatriot Judy W for posting one of Wretchard´s best essays at a time I couldn´t. Please fill in for me when I´m beneath the weather, as I was. Nobody should miss a word of what this wise man writes. Not one word.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/8/2014 4:42:00 AM     (No. 9957613)

FTA: "the most striking property of modern political correctness was narcissism."

We certainly have the right man in the White House for that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: readaholic, 8/8/2014 12:47:33 PM     (No. 9958101)

To expand on #2, FTA: Roger Kimball, speaking to an audience in Sydney observed that most striking property of modern political correctness was narcissism. For the ultimate source of leftist legitimacy is the view that they are better simply persons than the rest; able to make moral judgments no one else can. Their self-regard is almost erotic. They’re in love with themselves. Or to paraphrase one the president’s campaign lines: ‘we are the people the world has been waiting for.’

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