Monday, 16 March 2015
The Vatican observer at the United Nations in Geneva unexpectedly supported the use of force against Islamic State (IS). He accused the jihadist organisation of committing atrocities on a large scale and said this warrants an international intervention. “We must stop this type of genocide,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi in an interview to the American Catholic website Crux. “Otherwise we will regret it later and ask ourselves why we did nothing, why we let such a terrible tragedy take place,” he said. Monsignor Tomasi reckoned “a well-thought-out coalition” was needed to try and reach a political settlement avoiding violence.” “But if that does not work, we must be ready to use force,” he added.
Pope Francis himself denounced “the unacceptable cruelty” suffered by Christians in the Middle East and by other minorities in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the extremist Islamist group. But the Vatican’s traditional stance is to oppose the use of violence in the region.