WorldViews: When Obama talks about Iraq, his use of the word ‘genocide’ is vital

By Rick Noack, August 9, 2014

As he made a statement on the Iraq crisis and U.S. decision to militarily intervene on Thursday, President Obama made two references to "genocide."

There are few words that cause more horrifying memories and provoke stronger reactions. Politicians usually use "genocide" with caution. Obama, however, was unequivocal: "[Islamic State] forces have called for the systematic destruction of the entire Yazidi people, which would constitute genocide." He went on to say: "We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide."

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