Pope postures as anti-war campaigner, but fails to criticise any acts of aggression

Pope Needs to Condemn US Warmongering
By Finian Cunningham
January 02, 2014 “Information Clearing House –  In his annual New Year’s address, Catholic Pope Francis sounded particularly vexed when he urged an end to wars and conflict.
“What on Earth is happening in the hearts of men? What on Earth is happening in the heart of humanity?” the pontiff decried to tens of thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square, Rome, earlier this week.

“It’s time to stop!” he added in anguished tone and urged the world to “listen to the cry for peace”.
The Pope’s anti-war sentiment and desire for peace is laudable. But he needs to do more than merely issue vague exhortations.

As the figurehead of some one billion Catholics around the world, Pope Francis needs to show real leadership by specifying the cause and source of much of the violence raging in today’s world.
The Argentine-born pontiff, who was elected to the papacy in March last year, has garnered a reputation for humility and being “a man of the people”. Apparently, he has eschewed living in the plush Apostolic Palace, choosing a simple abode instead. Time magazine voted him “Person of the Year”.

He has previously come out criticizing the excesses of capitalism, and the chasm between a global rich elite and the growing masses of poor. But when those comments caused some media controversy, the Pope back-pedaled and declared: “I am not a Marxist”. The latter comment can be seen as the pontiff indicating that he is not fundamentally opposed to capitalism.

This compromising ambiguity was on display again this week in Pope Francis’ call for “an end to wars”.

Reuters reported: “Pope Francis delivered an impassioned New Year’s peace address on Wednesday, saying the heart of humanity seemed to have gone astray and too many people were still indifferent to war, violence and injustice.”
Perhaps the Pope is spending too much time in solitude – because his assessment of humanity seems way off the mark. For the heart of humanity has certainly not gone astray, and rather than being indifferent to war, violence and injustice, too many people across the globe are increasingly sick and tired of war.
Poll after poll in the US, Europe and elsewhere around the world shows that ordinary citizens are fervently against incitement of further wars. For example, when US President Barack Obama was planning to launch all-out air strikes on Syria last September, the American and European public mobilized swiftly and decisively to face down any attempt by Washington to escalate violence in the Middle East region.

Similarly, polls in the US have consistently shown the American public to be opposed to their government’s belligerence towards Iran – a factor that has undoubtedly led to the White House adopting relatively more reasonable diplomacy in the P5+1 nuclear negotiations.
And it’s not just that world public opinion is ardently against war. The world’s people also know where much of this systematic violence is coming from – the United States of America.

This week a worldwide poll conducted by Win/Gallup reported that most people surveyed from 65 countries view the US to be the biggest threat to international peace.
It’s not just Washington of course. The US plutocracy is but the head of a cabal of Western imperialist powers and their regional proxies, such as the Zionist Israeli regime and despotic Saudi Arabia.
Together, this US-led Axis of Evil is the main wellspring of war in the world. These are the names that the Pope needs to mention, and the system that he needs to specify is imperialism in the service of global capitalism.

A brief review of world violence and potential for war over the past year – which apparently has so vexed the Pope – shows the ubiquitous hand of American-led imperialism.

In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, hundreds of people were massacred in US-led drone and air strikes. This White House sanctioned slaughter has become an endemic perennial war crime.

In Syria and Iraq, thousands of innocents were slaughtered by extremist mercenaries under the guise of al-Qaeda, created and sponsored by Western military intelligence. The lead role adopted recently by Saudi Arabia in fuelling these death squads does not in any way absolve the US and its British and French allies from complicity. These extremist brigades were created by the West going back to late 1970s and supported until the present day – despite Western media obfuscation.
This Western state-sponsored terrorism operating for the objective of regime change in Syria – where some 130,000 have been killed in the past three years – is in the service of Western-based capital and its geopolitics. It has its antecedent in the US-led Iraq War beginning in 2003 – where more than one million were killed – and in the more recent disastrous NATO toppling of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Western imperialism can also be identified in the rising warmongering tensions between the US and Russia, and between the US and China. The relentless expansion of US nuclear missiles on the borders of Russia and the gratuitous provocations towards Beijing over its natural territorial claims are testament to the lust for war inherent in American-led imperialism.

In Africa, violence continues to plague Somalia because of US-led predation in that country which has resulted in a fractious failed state. South Sudan has become beset with tribal strife and civil war largely because its unstable creation in July 2011 was at the behest of Western imperialist meddling.
Killing and a humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic have also increased in recent weeks. That crisis was precipitated by French military invasion of that country last month – under the pretext of humanitarian relief – and with the full support of Washington and other European powers.
This French-subcontracted Western imperialism in Africa with a view to stymieing China’s legitimate commercial gains on the continent is destabilizing several other countries and creating the conditions for a new bloody Scramble for Africa.

In light of all this Western-instigated and fuelled conflict and suffering around the world, Pope Francis’ vague call for peace seems more like a white wash of the culprits.
His call for peace would be more relevant and effective if he condemned specifically and categorically the source of world conflict and war – US-led imperialism. The attribution of this source is not a matter of opinion; it is a matter of provable cause and effect.
For the Pope to merely lament “humanity’s indifference and heart going astray” is meaningless to the problem of conflict facing humanity and how it might be challenged. To remedy a disease effectively, one has to diagnose the disease, accurately and precisely. In that context, the Pope’s anti-war ambiguity is only part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Finally, it should be noted that the Pope’s native continent of South America has in the past year, as in other recent years, enjoyed relative peace and cordial relations between neighboring countries. A major reason for this welcome development in international relations is because South American nations have shown admirable solidarity in quarantining the disease of US imperialism from that continent, thanks
in large part to the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Pope Francis should take note of that glaring beneficial result, draw the appropriate conclusion and speak out. Maybe he should read up more on imperialism. Then he might be able to call for world peace with more clarity and credibility.

In doing so, however, Time Magazine would probably revoke his “Person of the Year Award”. But, at least, the Pope would show himself to speak the truth and to be a real man of the people.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.

This article was originally published at Press TV


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10 Responses to “Pope postures as anti-war campaigner, but fails to criticise any acts of aggression”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonder what the Pope’s view is on Chemtrailing and HAARP ??

  2. Anonymous says:

    In light of the ongoing Israel/ Vatican debate, nothing seems to have changed from my (teenage) research of 1981, in that we see the Vatican pretending to be the good guy by calling for peace just as John Lennon did. At least he and Yoko did try.

    The government of Israel is likewise calling for peace when in fact the State of Israel appears to be the aggressor, their cohorts having taken over the US and Europe (via NATO) regardless of the apparent dissent as it smashes it’s enemies the Arabs who possess the liquid gold. It is a win win every time for them.

    They blatantly don’t want peace for if they did they would simply create peace tomorrow.

    And that’s before they seek to take over Asia…

    This whole scam is aimed at providing the world with a solution to the Hegelian dialectic of war for the purpose of looting the resources of the world before that is they then destroy the world to bring about a needed world government.

    Suspect I am preaching to the converted on that one when I truly would rather be sharing the beauty of the words of Jesus Christ and those whom He spoke through in the New Testament and on occasion does to this day.


  3. TMWKTM says:

    Amen. Lord Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way and the Life – the only truth I’ve ever encountered in this fallen world. The Bible describes Babylonian Roman beast very clearly, in Isiah, Daniel, Corinthians, Revelation, etc. Not all are able to see it, though – the Bible even explains that as well! (can’t reference, typing on rubbish phone!) The ‘irritating insect’ can’t even see it, even though he seems to have most of the facts in front of him. The ego has grown so to such an extent, any chance of error, or of not being totally correct is completly obscured, the Godzilla sized ego crushes and destroys everything! The greatest obstacle to truth is not ignorance, but thinking you already have all the truth and then using the ego to fight like a prize-fighter. A humble willingness to unlearn and then relearn, in accordance with new evidence and proof, is a far more sensible way to carry on. Put down your ‘inner-Godzilla’..! RABITT, look on YT for Prophesy Club lecture by Gail Riplinger called New Age Bible Versions. Truly brilliant. From I think 1996. Sound is way out-of-sync but can still be followed. I might try and correct the sound myself and then re-post on YT. TMWKTM

  4. TMWKTM says:

    “When the United States rules the world, the Catholic Church will rule the world.” Archbishop Quigley quoted in The Chicago Tribune, 1903.

  5. Anonymous says:

    is this real? true?

    WikiLeaks : LEAKED – U.N. Briefing On Alien God Arrival



  6. Anonymous says:

    The pope and the archbishop of canterbury have never spoken out about israeli terrorism and genocide in palestine
    only the methodists have called for a boycott, this has brought them massive support from the public

  7. wasp says:

    Hi Tap, TMWKTM is Totally Correct.

    He is capable of using his God Given Intelligence. Like You, & only a Few Others.
    I cited Archbishop Quigley last year, & gave you a D/L for the Pdf.

    I have Explained on many Occasions how the System Works. Look at my Three City States Post. America is controlled by the Inner Temple of The City of London. q.v. C.F.R. Many SMOMS are involved in this, & JEWS or who ever they are, operate The Banking & Law System for the Illuminati.

    The Queen is a Dame SMOM, Gifford is one of their Top Puppets, he is above the Royals, & subservient to The Pope, under the Authority of the Black Pope. The Black Pope, in turn is subservient to the Illuminati. Rothschild is as I stated on many occasions one of Their Puppets, he is a SMOM, who has never been Officially Recognised by the Illuminati. The Top Illuminati are ROMANS CONTROL IS FROM ROME.

    I have given you far more useful information on This than Any of
    “THE BRAIN DEAD”, some of whom appear to be quite well Educated, but are Brain Controlled, though they don’t appear to know it.

    There are others, however, who are Taxing Their Mental Capabilities, trying to think up ways of Insulting WASP, who resort to Abject Comments, because they can’t even do that correctly. They should look up the way WASP STINGS BACK, it’s far more successful, than their Punitive Efforts, but to do that they will have to learn who to use The English Language, & stop reading Comics.

    I, however, view all Comments, both Negative, & Positive as a Complement.

    I will Put a Detailed Post together for you on this Stuff very shortly.


  8. Tapestry says:

    We look forward to the next instalment with baited breath!

  9. Anonymous says:

    HI Wasp, I may well be an uneducated peon but, it’s COMPLIMENT surely?


  10. Anonymous says:


    Thank you for your encouragement. I hope you return to read this.

    I agree with all you say but please allow whoever you find irritating to have their say as we need to listen to all shades of opinion, if expressed openly and made peacefully, for the truth to shine forth.

    In response to your comment I have previously studied the views of Gail Riplinger at length and while on first viewing she appears to have a case, I have come to conclude her King James is best view needed more research before coming to her perceived Holy Spirit led conclusion. (I do however remain open to some of her concerns.)


    Please see James White’s response to her yet at this time I am examining the validity of his stance on truth Mr White offering us a debate on the Gift of Healing on the 25th January 2014 his appearing at this time to perhaps be against such his debate being with Michael Brown whom I can’t fault in the only video of him I have listened to.

    We truly need much discernment in this time of strong delusion.

    My earlier post on Tap on Bible Versions was based upon “The Complete Guide to Bible Versions by Philip W. Comfort (PhD) and my personal opinion is that the Schofield translation with it’s side notes is a serious problem and the versions post say 1970 are best avoided.

    I prefer the Good News but like to compare versions starting with King James. Unfortunately I don’t read Greek or Hebrew so have to rely on others for that as needed.

    For example this week I gather Rev 3.16 refers to “vomit” rather than “spit” in the Greek.

    This is interesting because it shows us that while God Loves His church it is not He who rejects this wishy washy church of the 21st Century but rather the church which churns his stomach – we choose to spit out but the act of vomiting is involuntary. In other words it is the church which causes the rejection. Time for them to wake up.

    That is where I am if such is useful. If not continue to seek the Lord to take you where you need to go on this or your next subject. In His overwhelming Love.


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