Vatican Plea to Stop Atrocities Against Christians and other Minorities as Pakistani Christians Murdered.
Stop the War Coalition has no Answer to their Desperate Plight.
Two bomb blasts have killed at least 14 people near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say.
More than 70 people were hurt in the explosions, which targeted worshippers attending Sunday mass at the churches in the Youhanabad area.
Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with a mob killing two men accused of involvement in the attacks.
Pakistan’s Christian community has often been targeted by militants.
An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.
Witnesses say suicide bombers were responsible for the explosions but police have not confirmed this.
The bombers are said to have detonated their explosives near the gates of St John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church.
March 15th BBC.
The Vatican says force may be necessary to stop attacks on Christians and other Middle East minorities by Islamic State (IS) if no political solution is found.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s top diplomat at the UN in Geneva, said jihadists were committing “genocide” and must be stopped.
The Vatican traditionally opposes military intervention in the region.
However, Pope Francis decried the beheading in February of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by IS in Libya.
The militants have targeted minority religious groups in the parts of Syria and Iraq under their control. Thousands more people have been forced to flee their homes.
March 15th BBC.
Stop the War Coalition calling for support for 21st March anti-Racist Demonstration,
Anti-Muslim racism is spreading and intensifying. Islamophobic measures and rhetoric have ramped up as the ‘war on terror’ has dragged on and the situation in the Middle East deteriorated. To break this cycle it is essential not just to recognise these facts, but to stand up against Islamophobia and to step up the campaign against the disastrous foreign wars.
After the Charlie Hebdo massacres, Tim Sanders (Socialist Review, SWP),
I have a radical, non-satirical idea to prevent further atrocities like this: How about not invading other people’s countries?
What kind of answers are these to a problem obviously deeper-rooted than anything to do with Western Intervention?