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Up to 40,000 Kurdish Yazidis are besieged by ISIS and face death by thirst

 A man kisses the hand of a Faqeer, or holy man, in the historic temple of Yazidis in the village of Lalesh
A man kisses the hand of a Faqeer, or holy man, in the historic temple of Yazidis in the village of Lalesh
Photo by Abdullah Zaheeruddin/Getty Images

While the world is focused on the fighting in Gaza, with outrage over the deaths of a few hundred Palestinians causing outrage in both the media and in the streets, barely noticed is the prospect of tens of thousands of Iraqi Yazidis dying of thirst due to their being besieged on a mountain top by ISIS terrorists, according to a Wednesday story in Hot Air. The Yazidi people, who are ethnic Kurds, follow an ancient monotheistic religion that is akin to Zoroastrianism, which predates both Islam and Christianity.

Between 10,000 and 40,000 men, women, and children are trapped on Mount Sinjar faced with a choice between death at the hands of ISIS and death due to lack of water. ISIS considers the Yazidi to be devil worshipers and apostates and seem bent on eradicating them from their makeshift caliphate, much as they are doing to Christians and Shiite Muslims. If something is not done soon, they may well succeed.

The Iraqi government has attempted to air drop bottled water to the trapped Yazdi, thus far without much success. Government forces have not attempted any kind of relief expedition to disperse ISIS terrorists from around Mount Sinjar. It is an open question whether they could mount such an operation with the level of international support it currently enjoys/

The United States certainly has the power to save the trapped Yazidi. Air bombing could be employed to devastate ISIS fighters who are now besieging the trapped people. Then helicopters, likely staged from Turkey, could be used to deliver relief supplies and evacuate those who are in the greatest distress.

Thus far little international attention has been directed toward the plight of the Yazidi people, aside from a rote condemnation by the United Nations. There has been not a peep from the Obama administration thus far. There are certainly no signs that a relief effort is being put together.