Pope Francis, the peacenik San Francisco dropout who has been waging a one-man tweet-in for pacifism, is making Catholics everywhere look like a bunch of dictator-coddling surrendercrats, and Nicholas G. Hahn III has had enough.
The Real Clear Religion editor says the good vibes pope, who is probably staging some kind of groovy “happening” to weaken the resolve of the West as I type this, is “dangerously naive” about calling for a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Syria.
“The President should pursue regime change because leaving Assad in power threatens our strategic national security,” writes Hahn, who has never served in the military. “Obama’s inaction emboldens the mullahs in Iran. Likewise, an ‘unbelievably small’ strike, as Secretary John Kerry recently described it, would only encourage them to march faster toward a nuclear weapon.”
So, contrary to Pope Wavius Gravius the Blissed-Out, what is needed to resolve this war is more war, big war, HUGE WAR, a war that makes the mullahs tremble, because what’s really at issue in Syria is Iran. Got that, Yoko Popo?
To bolster his case that invading Syria and occupying yet another majority Muslim country would be “just,” Hahn cites Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, those well-known authorities on chemical warfare and modern military campaigns. And if those guys aren’t good enough, Hahn brings up George Weigel, too.
Does Pope Wimpy have George Weigel on HIS side? No. All he’s got is a bunch of fruity notions about human togetherness and violence begetting more violence.