On Friday, the Vatican made a big mistake. After Pope Benedict condemned several global terror attacks last Sunday but conspicuously ommitted reference to Palestinian suicide bombings, Israelis demanded to know why. His rebuke was extremely blunt and somewhat coarse:
"It has not always been possible to follow every attack against Israel with a public declaration of condemnation."
Talk about suggestive! Who does this guy think he is? Read on:
". . . the attacks on Israel were sometimes followed by immediate Israeli reactions not always compatible with the norms of international law . . . It would thus be impossible to condemn the terrorist operations and pass over the Israeli retaliation in silence."
"The attacks on Israel." No, it isn't an attack, it is a ruthless suicide bombing! Get it straight! This guy is intimating that the Israeli retaliations are the same as the terrorist acts that trigger them. Apparently, he doesn't realize the difference between Palestinian suicide bombings that target innocent civilians and precise Israeli retaliatory strikes that only injure terrorists.
My opinion of Benny 16 was pretty high, as popes go, until now. But this overt antagonism against Israel just dropped him quite a ways in my estimation.
It is interesting to note that this would just about put Benny out of the running for False Prophet or Antichrist, because the Antichrist and his cohorts must be on good terms with Israel. Of course, it's always possible that the Vatican will suck up its pride, admit that it was wrong, claim it "wasn't speaking from the Chair of Peter", and patch up relations with Israel. Sometimes a quarrel can lead to conciliatory feelings.
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David S. MacMillan III