By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted today for H. Con Res 75, a resolution that condemns violence against Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities as genocide. This resolution passed the house with overwhelming support.
In recent years, Christians in Iraq and Syria have been the target of unspeakable violence. In just a decade, the Christian population of Iraq has dropped 50 percent and an estimated that 1.1 million Christians in Syria have died or fled. This resolution officially declares that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
Rep. Cook said, “It’s past time that we stood up and called the persecution and systematic annihilation of Christians in the Middle East what it really is: genocide. The solution to ending this genocide is not to bring thousands of refugees to America, but to destroy ISIS so that civilians can return to their homes in Syria. It’s time for America and it’s allies to stand against the barbarism of ISIS and put an end to the genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.