Are the Attacks on the Pope a Prelude to Attacks on Iran?
Yes, she's Irish and thinks herself a member of the clergy, but come on. The Spoof says it best — Sinead O'Connor Calls Pope a Criminal . . . Again. That first publicity stunt, back in 1992, ironically, as it will be seen, was done during her rendition of The Hon. Robert Nesta Marley's song War. She "chang[ed] one of Marley's lines so that it referred to 'sexual abuse' instead of 'racial injustice'" and "produced a copy of a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces" — Sinead O'Connor Rips It Up. (So, the stories were already old by the time they broke a decade later, in 2002, in the U.S., and 18 years later in Ireland.) Five years after her act of defiance, "she asked the Holy Father to forgive her," confessing "a ridiculous act, the gesture of a girl rebel," which she did "because I was in rebellion against the faith, but I was still within the faith."
Enough about that fool Irishwoman; the Grey Lady has jumped into the fray — NYTimes vs. Pope Benedict: Paper Seeks to Implicate Pope in Abuse Cases. This is the "Paper of Record," so never mind that the "coverage included no new information that has not already been soundly refuted, and, in another, that the paper had unfairly targeted the pope and the Vatican for having declined to defrock a priest whose alleged crimes had occurred over two decades previous, and who was dying at the time the Vatican was informed about his misdeeds."
The last such feeding frenzy, like this one with decades-old allegations that have suddenly, mysteriously come to light, was in 2002, just in time to lessen the sting, among Americans at least, from this inevitable story, and to make it all the easier to flush down the Orwellian memory hole — Pope condemns war in Iraq. The future pope, horrible right-wing Nazi that he was and is, was of a like mind — Cardinal Ratzinger Says U.S. Attack on Iraq Not Morally Justifiable.
Fast forward to a little more than two years ago, and it was reported that "Iranian officials [were] quietly laying the groundwork necessary to turn to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican diplomats for mediation if the showdown with the United States should escalate toward a military intervention" — Iran's Secret Weapon: The Pope. Iraq saw and Iran sees in the Vatican a voice crying out in the wilderness of interventionism and aggressive warfare; that voice was and will be effectively silenced by the manufacturers of public opinion.
No, this post hasn't proven anything, but perhaps you'll remember it when the bombs start falling on Persia. The crucial question remains: Cui bono? As Black Sabbath sang in War Pigs, "Satan laughing spreads his wings."
Labels: Albion, America the Beautiful, Conspiracy Analysis, Eire, Evil, Iraq, Occupied Palestine, Peace, Persia, Popular Music, Reggae, The Catholic Faith, The Chosen, The Holy Father, The Holy See, War and Rumors of War