Trump’s National Security Advisor has come pretty close to advocating genocide

Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as follows (my emphasis):

Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article 3 defines crimes that may be punished under the convention and, as well as genocide itself, conspiracy to commit genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide are punishable.

Now, let me treat you to a quotation from a speech by Michael Flynn, so-called President Trump’s National Security Advisor:

Islamism […] is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised. […] We should not fear this idea. We should define it clearly, and we should go after it.

He may have used the word “Islamism,” with its connotations of radicalism, but he references the 1.7 billion adherents of Islam. In other speeches, he has denied that Islam is a religion, stating:

It is a political ideology [that] hides behind this notion of it being a religion.

To be a Muslim—of any stripe—is, according to Flynn, first and foremost to adhere to a political ideology, Islamism, and he wants that ideology “excised.” This would seem to be, prima facie, pretty much advocating the destruction of Islam itself; because to Flynn Islam is the ideology: the religion aspects are is a “notion” it “hides behind.”

He doesn’t explicitly suggest violence, birth restrictions, or forcible transfer of children such as are necessary in the definition of genocide itself, but he certainly uses violent terminology: “excising,” a word about cutting, slicing, expunging, and “go[ing] after it”. If this is not a direct and public incitement to commit genocide, it’s a pretty much as close as you get.

I have only just come across this. It is horrifying, though it may not be news to you. A disturbing little adjunct that I found as I research it is that every single video you can find on YouTube with Michael Flynn talking about Islam seems to be “restricted”: only viewable if you have restricted mode off (at the bottom of your screen) and not at all on most public networks. Restricted content on YouTube is usually that which has been flagged as age-inappropriate or which contains graphic violence. A forty-minute speech to an orthodox Jewish congregation would not seem to meet the usual criteria, let alone the various two-minute soundbites that are available. Cock-up, coincidence, or conspiracy? As ever, with this administration, it seems impossible to tell: but all possibilities have me crapping my spine out of my arse in fear.

Michael Flynn sat with Vladimir Putin

Who is that sat to the right of a smiling Vladimir Putin? Why, it’s Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor of the United States of America