Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared on Sunday for a surge in refugees.
About 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since Friday as Islamic State fighters seized dozens of villages close to the border and advanced on the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.
Carol Batchelor, the United Nations refugee agency's (UNHCR) representative in Turkey said the real figure may be more than 100,000 as Turkey faces one of the biggest influxes of refugees from Syria since the war there began more than three years ago.
"I don't think in the last three and a half years we have seen 100,000 cross in two days. So this is a bit of a measure of how this situation is unfolding and the very deep fear people have about the circumstances inside Syria, and for that matter Iraq."
A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of Kobani, whose strategic location has been blocking the radical Sunni Muslim militants from consolidating their gains across northern Syria.
A Kurdish politician from Turkey who visited Kobani on Saturday said locals had told him Islamic State fighters were beheading people as they went from village to village.
"Rather than a war this is a genocide operation ... They are going into the villages and cutting the heads of one or two people and showing them to the villagers," Ibrahim Binici, a deputy for Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP, told Reuters.
"It is truly a shameful situation for humanity," he said, calling for international intervention.
So what is Obama and his administration doing? They're doing what they do best:
The Obama administration plan to “destroy and degrade” Islamic State militants was topic number one on the TV news shows Sunday morning, and it promises to stay so this coming week when President Obama addresses the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
Obama kicked off the effort Saturday in his weekly radio address when he said, “Over 40 countries have offered to help the broad campaign against ISIL so far – from training and equipment, to humanitarian relief, to flying combat missions.”
I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria,” Obama said Saturday.” “It’s more effective to use our capabilities to help partners on the ground secure their own country’s futures.”
Hitting major news shows Sunday, UN Ambassador Samantha Power danced around the subject of partners in the fight against ISIS.
She was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" if the United States had any indication other countries were willing to launch air strikes in Syria.
"We do," Ambassador Power said. "But we're going to leave it to other nations to announce for themselves what their specific commitments to the coalition are going to be."
An important distinction is emerging about going after ISIS in Iraq and attacking the militant group in Syria.
"I will make you a prediction," Power said on ABC’s “This Week.” "We will not do the air strikes [in Syria] alone if the president decides to do the air strikes."
People are dying while Obama blathers, his minions dance and the West waits for someone to show some leadership.
In the meanwhile, beheadings continue, the innocent are dying and refugees in the region are on the rise.
Dear God, deliver us a leader we pray, amen.