GENEVA (Christian Examiner) – As headlines reported Jordan's angry response to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's brutality in burning alive in a cage a captured Jordanian Air Force pilot, the United Nation's Committee on the Rights of the Child released a statement detailing the savagery Islamic terrorists has committed against children.
ISIS has brutalized the children of captured territories, raping them and killing them cruelly, according a report released by the committee, which condemned "the systematic killing of children... including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive."
Committee member Renate Winter said during a briefing held in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday, that ISIS was not hiding the fact they were exploiting children as soldiers. Online videos show children possibly as young as five years old training with weapons.
"We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding," Winter told Reuters.
Iraqi-born Pastor Jalil Dawood, who ministers to a steady stream of refugees and immigrants at the Arabic Church of Dallas, laments that the world already knew what was taking place before this UN report was released, "but there is no new action!"
In an interview with Christian Examiner, Dawood insists things are the same as they were "in August of last year," but media outlets are covering the UN report now, because of "what sells and not what is right and needed."
In August 2014, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said children were being murdered in Mosul and "their heads on a stick and have them in the park." Shortly afterward, the United Nations released details of how ISIS had dismembered adults and children and stuck the heads on the spikes of a park railing; raped teenage girls; and, left children's bodies on crosses for three days -- all meant to crush resistance.
Jordan's King Abdullah, himself a former fighter pilot and general, vowed angrily to be relentless in pursuing ISIS in response to the death of the Jordanian pilot. He promised to hunt the group until his military ran "out of fuel and bullets."
Already, Jordan executed two terrorists on death-row as the first step of an "earth shattering" plan of retribution. Also, earlier today, Jordanian jets hit ISIS targets in Syria.
Meanwhile, the United Nations is pleading with Iraqi authorities to "rescue children" from ISIS and bring to justice those responsible for the atrocities against children.
"There is a duty of a state to protect all its children. The point is just how are they going to do that in such a situation," Winter said.
For his part, Dawood told the Examiner America's leadership is the last hope for the world, but unfortunately U.S. leaders are "passive" and "not willing to do anything."
Moreover, he is disappointed in the lack of response from American churches.
"I see no major impact or relevance" coming from congregations on the matter, Dawood said. It is a lackadaisical attitude he feels strongly is sinful and also foreboding.
"In my opinion, if the Lord does not rapture the church within a decade I think we are going toward a major persecution of the church worldwide as Christians are suffering in 111 nations already."