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Where's the outrage over radical Islam's slaughter of Christians? [Letter]

I agree with your editorial premise and President Barack Obama that the U.S. military needs to intervene in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and prevent ISIS from the genocidal mass murder of 40,000 Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar ("Turning point in Iraq," Aug. 8).

What I do not understand is President Obama's stunning silence and lack of concern over the tens of thousands of Christians whom ISIS has tortured and murdered during their killing spree over the past few months. The Sun's editorial makes no mention of Christians who were and still are being murdered.

Why do the Obama administration and the liberal media refuse to acknowledge and condemn radical Islam's genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Africa? There were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq a decade ago. The last few years of Islamic attacks have reduced that number to under 200,000, and the recent ISIS offensive will probably eradicate the remaining Christians. Where is the outrage over that?

The very limited airstrikes are far too little and too late for the thousands of Christians who died while this administration and our allies did nothing. President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East has continually underestimated the implacable ferocity of radical Islamic terrorists. Now Iraqi Christians, Yazidis and moderate Muslims are suffering. Once ISIS solidifies their hold over Iraq, there's no doubt another 9/11 type attack on the U.S. will be the inevitable result.

Thomas M. Neale, Baltimore

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