For a man who condemns ideologues, one of the salient features of the current Pontificate is how ideological Pope Francis is. He is completely impervious to factual evidence when it comes to what he believes. A prime example is his contention that arms merchants, merchants of death, are the causative factor in regard to wars:
Pope Francis went on to recall the recent commemorations of the Second World War, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his visit to Redipuglia last year on the anniversary of the Great War: “Useless slaughters,” he called them, repeating the words of Pope Benedict XV. “Everywhere there is war today, there is hatred,” he said. Then he asked, “What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now?”:
“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters: either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!.’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals. A war can be justified – so to speak – with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war – piecemeal though that war may be – a little here, a little there, and everywhere – there is no justification – and God weeps. Jesus weeps.”
Pope Francis refuses to admit that the profit to be made by arms manufacturers simply isn’t the cause of almost all wars. The ISIS massacres in Paris were not caused by arms merchants and neither was the attempt by the Pope’s native Argentina to seize the Falklands in 1982. Blaming wars on merchants of death of course spares the Pope from recognizing that the causes of wars are complicated and that they are rarely the result of the stick figure evil capitalists that seem to be the chief villains in the Pope’s imagination.