Paris. London. Madrid. New York. Boston. Mumbai. Benghazi. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Israel. Pakistan. Tunisia. Nigeria. Egypt. Yemen. Istanbul. Amman. Nairobi. This list is incomplete today and will surely lengthen tomorrow. Each such attack is but another battlefield in an asymmetrical worldwide conflict — a Third World War as described today by Pope Francis.
The aggressors are not any certain country although certain countries are fueling their fight. They claim to fight for Islam but their victims are mostly Muslims. Their targets are not simply one country or another but civilization itself. This is not a war of choice for us but a struggle of necessity. Their goal is total victory. We must continue the fight for their total defeat.