Pope’s appeal to the Russian president (suite)
Thank you to Pope Francis for doing his part as the representative of a Christendom invited to commit to reawakening the part of humanity and reason, subsisting even in the dictators in place. May the influential authorities of Russia follow suit.
I thank our Pope Francis for having had the courage and the strength to testify widely to his appeal to the belligerents of the conflict, committed by Russia against Ukraine. Peace is difficult but essential.
We must keep the principle of reality in mind: we are not in 1962 with the missile crisis, which was certainly serious but was not yet war. In 2022, the war has been there for seven months, triggered by the only Russian president, and this is only the fifth to his credit, in twenty-two years in power. We too are in the war, whether we like it or not, with our Caesar guns and all the rest, and we did not obey Biden to do it, but a principle of justice: to help the attacked to defend. The pope is wrong, in my view, to make an equal appeal to the Ukrainian president to come to the table of serious peace negotiations. There’s nothing serious about what Putin is doing, just tragedy. Let’s imagine for a moment that after having snatched Alsace, Savoy and Corsica from French territory, we organize these sham referendums there under the threat of Kalashnikovs and that we are blandly explained that they are now integrated into the Absurd… But what else do you want him to do other than war, Zelensky? And fortunately, his heroic people are winning this war that has been imposed on them. I pray every day for Ukraine’s victory.
Thank you for this article from October 2: “The Pope ‘begs’ Vladimir Putin to stop the ‘spiral of violence and death’. »That peace comes is essential. There is no way to bypass the withdrawal of the Russians from Ukraine, otherwise this invasion will have serious consequences for decades, without real peace.
Finally sensible and true words, because they have above all the merit of designating the aggressor and sole responsible for this absurd war, and therefore of being in conformity with reality and the truth without getting lost in the meanders of a confused rhetoric who would like to treat everyone equally. Unfortunately, and it’s a pity, they arrive more than six months late. The file is certainly difficult and one can ask the question of what to do now. Undoubtedly hoping for a dialogue, of course, but doing so without compromise and without fear: without compromise because we cannot compromise on respect for international law and borders, without fear because we cannot envisage living in a world in which a squad of nationalist thugs – not representing the Russian people – allow themselves to bark constantly while agitating the threat of the use of nuclear power for the sole purpose of staying in power.
By appointing a single person responsible for the war, we are not serving peace, which will only come about at the end of the balance of power in progress, that is to say still in a long time.
To be continued