Without beating around the bush, the Pontiff Pope Francis stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been compelled to invade Ukraine because of “NATO barking at Russia’s gate”. Literally calling West’s bluff on it’s Ukraine war.
A laboriously-constructed fiction surrounding the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict came crashing down on 3 May, when Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, spoke with startling candour to an Italian publication.
What Pope Francis Said
Without beating around the bush, the Pontiff bluntly stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been compelled to invade Ukraine because of “NATO barking at Russia’s gate”. To avoid any confusion or ambiguity, he reiterated: “I have no way of telling whether his [Putin’s] rage has been provoked… but I suspect it was maybe facilitated by the West’s attitude”
So, now, the most influential religious figure in the world had openly placed blame on the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the West’s feet. And with that, Pope Francis shredded whatever moral position America and Europe had adopted over this war, to leave the West’s supposed nobility, and their faux saviour complex, in complete tatters.
It was a beautiful plan. In one fell swoop, the American economy would start sizzling, Europe’s dependency on Russian oil, gas and coal would end, Russia’s wings would be firmly clipped, and America would regain some control of global energy prices.
And in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the West had a perfect puppet, who let matters slide into a violent conflagration which has wrecked his country.
It’s West’s West’s War
Unfortunately, that elaborate script has now been torn to pieces, after Pope Francis gave so freely of his mind in public, and plainly said that Putin was forced to invade Ukraine because NATO was barking at Russia’s gates.
he Pope’s views are fully in consonance with Putin’s, who too, had been saying for over eight years now, that Western efforts to draw Ukraine into NATO were a set of red lines which would lead to conflict. That is exactly what has happened, and this puts both the Vatican and Russia on the same page.
West’s Other Wars
To make matters worse, Pope Francis extended his views beyond Ukraine and Russia to touch upon other conflict zones in the same interview. According to him, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and parts of Africa are in a similar mess because “international interests are at stake” [his words].
Why the Pope chose to speak as he did, how politicians may react, and whether his strong words mean a possible early end to the ongoing conflict, is a piece for another day. But this much is clear: the credibility of NATO and the West is mud.
Perhaps the best Biden can do presently is bide by his Pope, and get his government and his allies to practice that most Catholic of tenets: ‘the truth will set you free’. If not, the immorality they have unleashed upon Russia and Ukraine will haunt them for generations.
Source Link: Swaraj Mag
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