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Vatican Flip-Flops On Iraq War, Now Calls For Troop Buildup

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The Vatican has flip-flopped and gone from drastically opposing the war to now calling for all countries to put troops in there to support the coalition.

Washington Times

Senior Vatican officials have decided to put aside their differences with the U.S.-led coalition over the war in Iraq, calling for multinational troop reinforcements to secure the country's fledgling democracy.

In February last year, Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state, offered some of the fiercest denunciations of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the decision to invade Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.

The private criticism was made embarrassingly public by Vatican officials, who revealed at a press conference that the pope had privately urged Mr. Blair to "make use of all the resources offered by international law to avoid the tragedy of war."

Now, in light of the postwar chaos, Cardinal Sodano has announced a newly hawkish line on Iraq from Rome.

"The child has been born," he declared recently on behalf of the Vatican. "It may be illegitimate, but it's here, and it must be reared and educated."


"There is a feeling that there really is no going back," said a Vatican adviser.

So the Vatican's been waiting to see if Iraq will go back to a Saddam Hussein regime? WTF?!

While I'll take any help we can get in securing and rebuilding Iraq, it's just ridiculous to me that the Vatican would sit by while innocent people are being tortured and killed and say nothing. Then when someone actually does step up to do something about it they rebuke them and lobby against them only to turn over later and back-handedly put out a call for help.

To call a budding democracy an illegitimate child is also a slap to anyone who has sacrificed whatsoever to help rebuild their country. It'll be interesting to see how countries react to this "call from God" or whether they'll just ignore it.

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They really do have a "holier than thou" attitude.

Posted by: Jane on October 11, 2004 06:02 AM

The Vatican probably didn't want to be seen as allies of the western crusaiders. Hell, (I mean, heck) the the Vatican denounced the liberation theology movement in South America originated through its own priests which was a moral call for social justice.
The Vatican is its own country, with its own politics.

Posted by: Mack454 on October 11, 2004 09:56 PM

Well, the Vatican stood by while Hitler did his thing and said NOTHING. The surprise here is that they finally DID retract their previous stance.

I'm surprised they haven't endorsed Kerry.

Posted by: AnArmyMom on October 13, 2004 04:21 AM

The Vatican hasn't "reversed itself at all !

She is called "Vati" = divining "can" = serpent

Vatican = Speaks with a forked tongue !

Bush is a Vatican New World Order puppet !

The Vatican ordered this war !

She is a "master of deception" her master is
the Devil !

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