Iraq’s religious refugees

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The United States and our allies face a grave moral choice when it comes to the tens of thousands of Yazidi trapped on Mount Sinjar.

The intrepidity we and the British showed during the Berlin Airlift is a relevant model. Thirty-one American airmen died to sustain the freedom of West Berlin.

Obviously, there is a big difference between airplanes landing supplies at an airport and helicopters, presumably, rescuing people from the wilderness, but there’s no compelling reason not to try. We have to brave the risk in getting the most vulnerable to safety while an overland relief mission is underway.

No one can guarantee a timeline for securing a cordon for a land evacuation. Turkey has airbases and the Kurds have shown themselves willing to take in anyone fleeing the Islamic State.

The U.S. has the most advanced military logistics system in the world.

Hopefully, there is some spark of daring and courage left in the West for such an undertaking.

This is not just another “humanitarian crisis,” it is the design of evil men. We must take our stand against evil, or we can no longer go on considering ourselves to be good.

— Michael B. Connell, Fort Worth

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