Eighteen months ago they didn’t even “exist.” Six months ago they were a blip on the global terror-watch radar. One month ago, one man named Wolf started crying out.
Congressman Frank Wolf who serves us all but who hails from the 10th District in Virginia, discerned the threat and called it out for what it is weeks before others were willing to consider it any more than a Junior Varsity militant operation.
On July 22nd, one month ago today, Frank Wolf concludes his remarks to his Congressional colleagues with the words, “The time to act is now.”
But his words were treated as those of a boy crying Wolf.
Wolf’s words now haunt, as…
- Thirty days later the first American, James Foley, has been gruesomely beheaded – literally in front of a watching world.
- Thirty days later the number of people slaughtered has risen by the thousands.
- Thirty days later the number of women and girls abducted and sold into sexual slavery is beyond the State Department’s ability to estimate.
- Thirty days later our national leaders still have no comprehensive strategy to bring an end to the threat that ISIS has clearly become.
Thirty days ago Frank Wolf called it “genocide” – a word that has meaning and gravitas, and a word that the administration is now using to describe the actions of ISIS against the Yazidi people whose plight we all know from the coverage of events on Sinjar mountain.
From July 22 to July 31, Frank Wolf took to the floor of the U.S. Congress on seven different occasions to raise awareness, ring the alarm, and move his colleagues to action on behalf of religious minorities who found themselves in ISIS’s path to a worldwide Caliphate.
Since then, Wolf has been joined in his cause by figures like the Pope. But here on the pages of the Layman I’d like to point out that it was a faithful protestant layman serving in the halls of Congress who saw the early writing on the wall and signaled the alarm. Indeed, it was a sheep named Wolf.