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Reading about ISIS atrocities is like deja vu

Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

Deja vu is a phrase that comes to mind when I read about the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS (aka ISIL) on Christians, Yazidias and Shiite Muslims. A few years ago, I was reading "Balkan Ghosts" by Robert Kaplan. The book was a travel survey of the Balkans and their history.

In the section on Croatia, I ran into a discussion of the Ustase. They were a Croatian fascist terrorist organization devoted to genocide against Serbs, Jews and Roman (Gypsies). They were Nazi collaborators that turned out to be more brutal than even the Nazi Gestapo. Their main concentration camp at Jasenovac was just as brutal as those run by the Nazis and the Japanese during World War II. The Balkan Ghosts had pictures of Ustase troops holding severed heads aloft. Similar pictures are circulating now of ISIS victims. One such picture has a 7-year-old boy (son of an Australian father that joined ISIS) holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Another recent story concerns a 5-year-old Iraqi girl who was cut in half by ISIS troops just for being Christian.

Similar examples of genocide include Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia. The civilized world must respond to the evil embodied by ISIS. Groups advocating genocide cannot be reasoned with but should just be destroyed.

Carleton K. Thompson Jr., Hallettsville

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