"There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads. There is no water, no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster." - Marzio Babille, Iraq Representative for UNICEF.
Progressives are at a historical fork in the road. ISIS — the band of militant, theocratic murderers and atrocity-mongers under the command of so-called “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — has forced a confrontation between two irreconcilable beliefs that are core to the classic progressive mindset: “Solidarity,” and “anti-war.” The empathy is heavily engaged by the struggles of everyday people caught in ISIS’s path — whole villages hurled into ditches and callously machine-gunned, thousands forced to flee up the side of a sacred but remorseless mountain, starving and dehydrated while rifle-toting jackals encircle them and wait for them to die.
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