(The screen shot above is the cover of the english version of the ISIS magazine titled Dabiq. Notice the ISIS flag flying in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.)
A war with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) should have already commenced. Grave evils have been done to Christians of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions in Iraq as well as to non-believing Yazidis. Evils of genocide, rape, kidnapping for human slave trading (of children as young as one year old) property theft and removal from their home cities and home countries. These evils cannot be reversed in all cases, only stopped by going to war against the unjust aggressor, ISIS.
The United States has fired airstrikes against ISIS but, ISIS is not weakening, the atrocities continue and Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant property and cities have not been restored.
Fighting ISIS with American soldiers in Iraq is the only chance for success the Church and Her people have of returning home and restoring their dignity.
The gravest evils by use of arms have already occurred by the hands of ISIS jihadists. By waging war, the United States and our soldiers cannot produce evils graver than those produced by ISIS. ISIS has murdered innocents! We don’t murder innocents but, fight the murderers of innocents. We would do it not because we hate this enemy of humanity but, because we love what is behind us.
Please see the four points of the “just war” doctrine below as excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. All conditions for a just war with ISIS have been met for those responsible for the common good:
“The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:
1. The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
2. All other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
3. There must be serious prospects of success;
4. The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.
These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the “just war” doctrine.
The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.”
Right now there are groups who have evaluated the “just war” doctrine like, ‘Restore Nineveh Now’ and have taken the responsibility of action. We need to be as wise.