Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s declaration that the Islamic State is engaged in a genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq met with wide approval Thursday, but major questions loom over whether the designation will result in any serious move by the Obama administration to stop the carnage.
While pro-Christian groups hailed Mr. Kerry’s designation, the first by the U.S. government since the George W. Bush administration declared a genocide was underway in Sudan’s Darfur region in 2004, there was uncertainty over the extent to which it has any real legal or military implications for the...
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