This extraordinarily self-confident priest is best known as the vicar of Baghdad, leader of a church in the chaos outside the protected Green Zone. He made his offer last year as the terrorist forces threatened to take the city. Did he get a reply?
“Isis said, ‘You can invite us to dinner, but we’ll chop your head off.’ So I didn’t invite them again!”
If one scoffs at White for his naivety in forever seeking dialogue with savages, it should be noted that he does acknowledge that there is evil that can only be dealt with via the use of force. As a priest, he says it is painful to admit such truths.
“Can I be honest? … You can’t negotiate with them [ISIS]” he told the Independent. “I have never said that about another group of people. These are really so different, so extreme, so radical, so evil.”
While he stated that there are “good Sunni leaders” who can indeed be reasoned with, ISIS radicals need to be dealt with “radically.”
In response to a question about how best to deal with ISIS, the priest was candid:
The only answer is to radically destroy them. I don’t think we can do it by dropping bombs. We have got to bring about real change. It is a terrible thing to say as a priest.
“You’re probably thinking, ‘So you’re telling me there should be war?’ Yes!”