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Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

He accused ISIS of “crimes against humanity” and "ethnic cleansing," specifically mentioning the Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.

On "America's Newsroom," Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said that the Obama administration was basically "shamed" into making the genocide designation after facing heavy pressure from lawmakers and rights groups.

Peters said that the biggest problem with Kerry's announcement is that he limited the legal label of genocide to ISIS.

"It's not just them, it's not just ISIS," Peters said, asserting that Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra, Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are also behind the destruction of Christian civilization in the Middle East.

He said that Kerry and the administration made the smallest, tiniest statement they could make.

"This administration still romanticizes Islam. It still finds Christians somehow distasteful," Peters said. "It's almost as if the administration feels Christians have no real right to be in the Middle East. And Christians were there a long time before Muslims were - six centuries."

"I just believe it's time for action. I think this is something worth fighting for, but obviously the administration doesn't."

See more reaction from Peters in the clip above.


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