Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Jospin Is Cautious


Socialist leader and former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has defended the Pope:

Should he apologize? I don't think so. It is paradoxical that some of those who demand an apology in one breath are those who, in the next breath, make threats and find it legitimate to use Islam in the name of violence. One should not apologize before such people, even if angering Muslims is something that must be avoided.

As with the bishop of Lourdes, Jospin's statement is welcome, but not entirely satisfactory. First, there is nothing paradoxical about the use of violence in Islam. It is their usual response to any criticism. Second, he implies that Islam is being "used". This is comparable to Bush's notion that a great religion was "highjacked". Finally, he concedes that we must avoid angering Muslims (if we can).

A reminder
that Lionel Jospin was stoned by Palestinians in 2000 when he visited the Middle East and dared to denounce Hezbollah's terrorist attacks on Israel.

2 Comments:

At September 19, 2006 11:52 PM, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Tiberge and all,

The straw that breaks the camel's back always follows the results of earlier deeds.

The Pope's choice of words was brain dead, in my humble opinion, if he was seeking to spread peace. He could have appealed for cooler heads and humility from all sides using any other words, but instead he chose to quote Crusade era hypocrisy that was guaranteed to inflame Muslims. Now we see the backtracking and spinning that always follows the gaffes of those afraid of simply telling the truth.

More proof that religion is the opposite of truth, wisdom, and justice

The "infallible" Grand Inquisitor (the pot) sought to lecture Islam (the kettle) about spreading religion through dark deeds by quoting a Dark Ages text while the USA and Europe are in the midst of the Neo-Crusades. The irony and absurdity in this situation is amazing, to say the least. It evidences both the fallacy and fallibility of those who vainly and arrogantly pretend to serve the Creator.

Dear Pope, ever heard of Karma or the golden rule? Ever stop to remember how the Vatican and western nations became so rich and powerful over the centuries? Ever consider giving up your blood drenched wealth and earthly power to end the blatant hypocrisy of your vain, materialistic, and duplicitous empire? Ever think of forgoing your peacock's robes to walk the walk instead of simply talking the talk? Remember the "eye of the needle" and "log and mote in the eye" parables? Is this a demonstration of your infallibility, wisdom, or utter blindness? As another wise one once said; What goes around comes around!

The West has killed far more Muslims (and other dark skins) than they have killed westerners, yet our press and leaders can only see Muslim and "third world" desperation in the face of western military and economic dominance and oppression, (in the name of God and country, by the way), as sources of evil in this world.

Guess what guys and girls, war, violence, and injustice are evil, no matter what the excuse or cause or who is doing it to whom. Anyone who thinks the Creator would judge religion, war, or any other profiteering at the expense of others as wise or acceptable activities has a very big surprise in store.

Here is Wisdom!!
...and here too...

 
At September 20, 2006 2:07 AM, Anonymous lukemcgook said...

What I want to know is: What's in the Hurricane Addenda? Vatican connection there, too?

 

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