Oakes Spalding at Mahound’s Paradise notes that the Pope has an exception to his ludicrous belief that wars are caused by greedy arms merchants:
A year before he became Pope, at a Mass in Buenos Aires for the 30th anniversary of the Falkland’s War, Archbishop Bergoglio told worshippers:
We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the homeland who went out to defend their mother, the homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the homeland, and it was usurped.
Against that, Prime Minister David Cameron was asked what he thought of the newly elected Pope’s views on the Falklands.
I don’t agree with him – respectfully, obviously.
There was a pretty extraordinarily clear referendum in the Falkland Islands and I think that is a message to everyone in the world that the people of these islands have chosen very clearly the future they want and that choice should be respected by everyone.
He then said the funniest thing this blogger is aware of Cameron ever saying:
As it were, the white smoke over the Falklands was pretty clear.
We are discarding an entire generation to maintain an economic system that can’t hold up any more, a system that to survive, must make war, as all great empires have done. But as a third world war can’t be waged, they make regional wars…they produce and sell weapons, and with this, the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies, the great world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money, are resolved…