The Vatican’s line on ISIS has taken a new turn, as its ambassador in Geneva suggested that if a political settlement is impossible, military force should be used against the jihadists. He also said the form of intervention should be defined by the UN.
“Otherwise we’ll be crying out in the future about why we didn’t so something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen,” the Vatican’s top diplomat at the United Nations said, suggesting military force in the absence of a political solution.
“What’s needed is a coordinated and well-thought-out coalition to do everything possible to achieve a political settlement without violence,” Tomasi said Friday, “But if that’s not possible, then the use of force will be necessary.”
On the same day he released a statement entitled “Supporting the Human Rights of Christians and Other Communities, particularly in the Middle East,” co-authored with Russia and Lebanon, and presented to the UN Human Rights Council and signed by nearly 70 nations. Read the whole article
This is unique:
- Vatican mentions the use of militairy force as perhaps necessary.
- Vatican refers to the United Nations as a party that should define intervention.