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Apparently The Pope Is Tougher On ISIS Than America's Commander-In-Chief
"In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit...

Apparently The Pope Is Tougher On ISIS Than America’s Commander-In-Chief

2,785 Shares By Larry O'Connor 9 hours ago

Pope Francis has called for the use of force to stop ISIS in Iraq and bring a halt to their systemic persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the region.
The Associated Press reports that the Pontiff made the remarks upon his return from his visit to South Korea, and he emphasized that an international coalition was needed to work together to stop ISIS:
Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.
Pope Francis also reiterated his hope to stop ISIS without resorting to military force but acknowledged that if military force was needed, it would be important for the UN to help define what force would be used and to ensure that only the necessary force to stop the terrorists and not as an “excuse” for a “war of conquest.”
“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Francis said. “I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I’m not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ just ‘stop.’ And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.”
But, he said, in history, such “excuses” to stop an unjust aggression have been used by world powers to justify a “war of conquest” in which an entire people have been taken over.
“One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this, how you stop an unjust aggressor,” he said, apparently referring to the United States. “After World War II, the idea of the United Nations came about: It’s there that you must discuss ‘Is there an unjust aggression? It seems so. How should we stop it?’ Just this. Nothing more.”
As Ed Morrissey at HotAir points out, this announcement puts additional pressure on the UN since the usually pacifist head of the Vatican has now come out to the right of most international bodies on this matter:
This pronouncement will put significant pressure on the US and EU to take action in Iraq against ISIS, precisely because of the singular nature of a Catholic Pope endorsing any kind of military action in any context at all. Who wants to be seen as more pacifist than the Pontiff and finding their reluctance to act called out by any Pope as a moral failure by omission?
Indeed, the endorsement of military force to stop ISIS is a more hawkish stance than President Obama has taken, placing the “Vicar of Christ” in the position of being tougher on Islamic terrorists than America’s Commander-In-Chief.
As more stories of children in Iraq being slaughtered for the crime of being baptized by their parents, it will be more and more difficult for Obama to fend off the isolationist voices in his own party and stand by as the Pope rallies an international community absent America’s traditional leadership role.