STEPPING UP: Italy Says That It Will Use Military Action To Attack The Islamic Persecution Of Xtians
By Theodore Shoebat
The Italian government has affirmed military action against the Islamic persecution of Christians, and that such action is inevitable. I did a whole video on this:
Military action is inevitable in the fight against terrorism and more should be done to tackle religious persecution, Italy’s foreign minister said.
In an unusually strongly worded interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, Paolo Gentiloni said Europe has long ignored dangers faced by people in other parts of the world and must do more.
“Responding to terrorism inevitably implies military consequences. This may shock some people but these groups must also be dealt with on a military footing. I won’t use the word ‘combat’ to avoid being painted as a crusader,” Gentiloni said.
He noted that Italian forces are committed to training local armed forces in Somalia that fight against the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants who singled out Christians in a shooting on Thursday at a university in Kenya that killed nearly 150 people.
Islamic State’s incursion into North Africa has alarmed Italy, whose southernmost island is separated from Tunisia by a 70-mile stretch of the Mediterranean.
Violence in Libya has swelled the numbers of illegal migrants coming to Italy by boat. The turmoil in the region that they are fleeing was brought home in March by an attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis in which four Italians were killed.
Gentiloni has previously pledged that Italy would fight in Libya as part of an international mission and said on Tuesday the government may consider also contributing in the future to tackling militant groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria.
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