Wednesday, March 18, 2015

News from the Eleventh Century?

With ISIL and other jihadis going all Medieval and aggressive, it was only a matter of time before the Pope made a stand.

Ah yes, life in the 21st century:

Asked if he approved of the American airstrikes against ISIS, Pope Francis withheld his moral imprimatur on Monday, refusing to fully support or denounce the military campaign.

"I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," the pontiff said during a press conference on the plane back to Rome from South Korea. "I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means."

In an apparent reference to the United States, Francis said "one nation alone cannot judge" the best means of stopping groups like ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

Those decisions should be made collectively by the United Nations, the pontiff said.

"It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. How do we stop him?" the Pope asked, without answering his own question.

Well, it was a weak stand that failed to conclude that evil must be fought as well as recognized.

Perhaps he's on Team Harf and thinks jobs will stop ISIL recruitment.

Of course, some Christians haven't waited for the sainted international community to weigh in and have decided that fighting ISIL is the best way to stop them.