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August 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Iraq: Aid alone won’t stop the slaughter of minorities by the Islamic State

It is unclear to me when The Times editorial board would ever see the need to answer a call for help by an overwhelmed country or religious minority [“Case for Iraq airstrikes has not been made,” Opinion, Aug. 8].

Humanitarian aid by the U.S. is certainly commendable but won’t stop this slaughter. Former President Clinton has spoken so many times of his regret in not stopping the genocide in Rwanda that cost over 800,000 men, women, and children their lives. Is this any different?

Perhaps the Islamic State is seen by the editorial board as reasonable enough to come to the bargaining table. So far, the Islamic State has been quite predictable: convert to Islam or die. Is there any evidence that its members would stop their slaughter without suffering military defeats?

Maybe The Times editorial board members can debate those questions among themselves.

Mike Brown, Renton

Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: genocide, iraq, ISIS

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