These aren’t armchair quarterbacks making sterile speculations. These are two senior archbishops whose day job is to be directly involved in such matters.
The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has said that “military action in this moment is probably necessary” to curb the slaughter of Christians in Iraq.
Archbishop Silvani Tomasi told Vatican Radio that in the long run, the only solution to Iraq’s problems will come with “a dialogue of reconciliation and the acceptance of diversity,” with a regime that ensures equal rights for all. But in the immediate future, the crucial question is the survival of the country’s Christian minority. (Source)
Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, who serves as the Pope Francis’ ambassador to Baghdad, told Vatican radio that American strikes are “something that had to be done, otherwise [ISIS] could not be stopped.” (Source)
The sad reality of today’s world is that multilateral agreement is almost impossible to achieve anymore. The world is too fragmented now. The United Nations is paralyzed. Even NATO can barely agree on anything. At times like these, we need a few brave countries to step up and do the right thing.