From Frontpage Mag
By Daniel Greenfield
Is anything ever the fault of Muslims? Not to the left. Muslims have no agency. They just respond to what we do.
Q: The fear of accepting migrants is partly based on a fear of Islam. In your view, is the fear that this religion sparks in Europe justified?
Pope Francis: Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.
In the face of Islamic terrorism, it would therefore be better to question ourselves about the way in an overly Western model of democracy has been exported to countries such as Iraq, where a strong government previously existed. Or in Libya, where a tribal structure exists. We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account. As a Libyan said recently, “We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have fifty.”
Ultimately, co-existence between Christians and Muslims is still possible. I come from a country where they co-habit on good terms. Muslims come to venerate the Virgin Mary and St George. Similarly, they tell me that for the Jubilee Year Muslims in one African country formed a long queue at the cathedral to enter through the holy door and pray to the Virgin Mary. In Central Africa, before the war, Christians and Muslims used to live together and must learn to do so again. Lebanon also shows that this is possible.
Lebanon? Is that really the example that the Pope wants to use of peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims? It was either that or Iraq. Meanwhile in Pope Francis' country, Muslims carried out the worst terrorist attack in the region. I believe the third worst in the continent.
But let's get back to that second paragraph.
Yes, the Libyan intervention was a disaster. I've spoken out quite a bit about it. But let's also not forget that Gaddafi had been sponsoring terrorist attacks long before it. And not in response to "Western democracy".
Gaddafi's Lockerbie bombing killed two people from the Pope's native Argentina. Which means he ought to remember it.
Muslim terrorism is active, not reactive. It has typical colonialist goals. It is part of a history of Jihad that dates back over a thousand years. ISIS is one manifestation of Islamic terror, but most of the worst terror attacks in Europe were not carried out by ISIS. Islamic terrorists have been carrying out attacks in Europe for decades. Long before any regime change happened.
The overall impression though is that Pope Francis has no notion of how to engage with the reality of Islamic terrorism. All he can do is default to the left's usual tired critiques of the West. And that's not good enough.