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Maronite priest: Western bombing of Islamic State could worsen situation

December 12, 2014

The general secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches warned against the bombing of the Islamic State by Western forces could worsen the situation.

Father Michel Jalakh, a Maronite Catholic, told Christian Today that “we want to help Muslims be themselves against movements such as ISIS. It is not a question of having a coalition of Western countries to bomb ISIS. They will take it as crusaders, or West against East, white against black.”

“We know that [Islamic State] is exceptional,” he added. “This movement is something many Muslims are against … I think this ridiculous thing will disappear sooner or later from the inside. We are seeing that socially, inside themselves, they have many problems. I am sure it will die sooner or later.”


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