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Pope Francis Fears About State Of World

January 3, 2018

While I was on Holiday break from this blog many events took place which at any other time would have made for a comment or quick opinion posting.   While most are left in the bin of  ‘old news’ I did wish to post about one story which really registered with me.

Pope Francis used his Christmas Day address to call for “peace for Jerusalem” and for a two-state solution to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  I mention this as the Middle East has long been a lifetime interest of mine.  As a child I wished to travel there and anyone who sits around our dinner table knows of my desire for the Bedouin experience via camel in the desert.  My very first post on this blog in 2006 was about the Middle East.  My love of history often takes me there through the pages of books.

So when Francis acknowledged “growing tensions” between the two sides and urged a “negotiated solution … that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states” it again underscored what has been the rational sentiment about this complex region.

It was not a too-subtle message to President Trump who on December 6 very stupidly and without any understanding announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, instead of Tel Aviv.  There is common knowledge that Trump does not read, has no interest in history or policy, and has only the most surface of background in which to make his moves as president.  It is not as though he has no one to provide the needed information, but he refuses to avail himself to the briefing books.

It’s the second time Francis has spoken publicly on this subject. And for that I much applaud this pope.  On the day of Trump’s wrong-headed announcement the pope made a plea to respect the city’s “status quo” to avoid “needless conflict.”   When Francis spoke at Christmas it followed the only action the UN could take–128 countries backing a non-binding U.N. resolution that said any decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem were “null and void” and must be cancelled.

Popes are a barometer at times–minus Hilter’s Pope.  Francis made his concerns about the “winds of war” which “are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline”.

Folks like me hear those words, and they make an impact.  But when there is nothing to guide the moral side, stir intellectual curiosity, or play to the pages of history (as with Trump) then it is just noise.

And so it goes.

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