Baptist minister and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee agrees with the Vatican's assessment
that military intervention is likely the only way to stop the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq.
"Jesus said, 'Blessed are the peacemakers.' And I think a lot of people don't understand that there's a difference between a peace lover and a peacemaker," Huckabee said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."
"It takes sometimes military action to make peace – especially when you have wolves who are devouring the sheep."
Huckabee compared the religious minorities being slaughtered by ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, to the man in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In that story, a Jewish man is robbed and left beaten on the side of the road. A priest and a Levite pass by and look at the man, but don't help him. Only a despised Samaritan agrees to help the victim.
Huckabee said President Barack Obama and others are looking at the atrocities of children being beheaded or starved atop a mountain and doing little to help. He accused Obama of making a political decision rather than a humanitarian one when he agreed to launch limited airstrikes in Iraq.
"The world is looking for a Samaritan," he said.
Huckabee warned that ISIS will not simply brush off its hands and declare victory if it kills every one of the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar. ISIS has vowed to raise its flag over the White House.
"These are not people who just want a little piece of real estate," he said. "These are people who are chasing down children and cutting their heads off."
The only choice, he said, is to kill the wolf or stand by and "watch the sheep get slaughtered."
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