I READ with alarm two seemingly contradictory articles in CL 5/9/04, page 6, under the headings ‘Vatican not a terrorism target’ and ‘Turkey Ôwrong’ for European Union’.
If the attitude of the second continues to prevail, the first will change rapidly!
The first article states that an Islamic Web site of the group which claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings says, ‘We declare that the Vatican will never be one of our targets’.
This is because of the Pope’s tireless, fearless and even-handed support for human rights for all people in the face of criticism from many in the hardline ‘Christian?’ Western governments.
And yet the second article quotes Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as stating that the Vatican objects to the admission of Turkey to the European Union because, being a mostly Muslim nation, it would not fit in with the cultural and Christian roots of Europe. Worse still, he advises that Turkey could form a cultural continent with nearby Arab countries!
Well, how’s that for setting up a division!
This attitude of ‘us and them’ is the main reason for our huge ‘problem’ with the so-called ‘war on terror’.
It can only lend further weight to the argument put forward by Muslim extremists that the ‘West is against us’ and ‘We have to fight back’ which is what we call ‘terrorism’ and they call ‘freedom fighting’.
If their religion is a problem, then surely it is better to welcome them in and set about converting them to Christianity than to exclude them.
Since they cannot change their secular Muslim cultural heritage, we are essentially telling them that there is no hope for their future in Europe and ‘no hope’ is the fundamental reason for the suicide bombings around the world.
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