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The Soldiers of Sinjar

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Portraits of ragtag fighters from Sinjar, Iraq,
rallying to protect their homeland.
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It is sad that the Kurdish people have to fight for the freedom of their land and people from those who would tell them how and what to believe. It is inspiring that they are willing to die together no matter what their individual faiths for the freedom of their homes.

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Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?

Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Yazidis, members of an ancient religious sect, fled when the Islamic State overran their homes. Now they’re trapped with no food or water. Will the U.S. step in to help save them?
Kenneth Weene's insight:

A fascinating example of religious diversity, the Yazidis, a Kurdish speaking group, worship a fallen angel, the Malek Tawwus, or Peacock Angel. Because of this they are often said to worship Satan, but, unlike Lucifer, the Yazidis' fallen angel was forgiven by God and restored to heaven.They also believe in reincarnation.

So the questions: Do we get involved to rescue this minority? The Kurds? The Iraqi Christians? Whom? Can we build a coalition that will take action and in time? Should we try to do so?

Perhaps the biggest and saddest question: Does anyone care?

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U.S. says siege of Iraqi mountain is over

U.S. says siege of Iraqi mountain is over | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Further intervention by U.S. forces is now far less likely
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This may be the dumbest move possible. It is only a matter of time before the ISIS inspired mobs return to their objective. Isn't anybody in Washington smart enough to recognize good tactics? "If they Americans are willing to use their power here, we'll forget about it for now and come back when they aren't looking." It doesn't get much simpler than that. If we wait until ISIS returns to the scene of the potential crime, it will be way to late. Does the U.S. ever finish anything? Even something that is just plain humanitarian?

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