A punch from the Pope

The strategic objective of France and all the other Western target nations of Islamic extremists should be to prevent a real war.

UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe
Pope Francis, pictured in May 2014 at the Vatican.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 01/21/2015 12:00 am EST

A little bit of Latin always raises the tone of an article, so here (with thanks to the classical correspondent of The Observer) is a sentence that may prove useful to Pope Francis: “agite tentaque si fortiores vos putatis.” It means “come on then, if you think you’re hard enough.”

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