Pope offers cautious yellow light for US airstrikes in Iraq

August 18, 2014 10:53 PM

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Pope offers cautious yellow light for US airstrikes in Iraq

ROME – Pope Francis delivered a mixed verdict on US airstrikes in Iraq on Monday, saying that while it’s morally legitimate to stop an unjust aggressor, as America says it’s doing with regard to the radical Islamic State in northern Iraq, a single nation shouldn’t decide for itself when the use of force is warranted.

In light of the Vatican’s recent history of vigorous opposition to virtually any American intervention in the Middle East, the pope’s language is likely to strike observers as a cautious yellow light.

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