In an interview with Portugal-based Radio Renascença aired yesterday, Pope Francis declared that the current refugee crisis in Europe is being caused by a “bad, unjust” socio-economic system that worships “the god of money.”
In the interview, where questions were posed in Portuguese and the responses were given by Pope Francis in Spanish, the pontiff said coveting money will bring about both human and ecological ruin:Alternately, the Western nations, and those who have followed Western models of governance, economics, science, and, yes, social justice for their own, have made something of themselves while places like Syria have made nothing. The West isn't helping these places with its horrible foreign policy mistakes, but the basic problem in Syria is that the best ruler they've had since gaining their independence from the Ottomans was Daddy Assad, who once killed somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 of his own people to punish the city of Hama for revolting against his rule. And yes, he was justified to do so, as the rebels weren't the dentists and shop keepers Obama likes to make fun of, but were instead the Muslim Brotherhood.
“This is the tip of the iceberg. We see these refugees, these poor people who are escaping from war, escaping from hunger, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. But underlying that is the cause, and the cause is a socio-economic system that is bad, unjust, because within an economic system, within everything, within the world, speaking of the ecological problem, within the socio-economic society, in politics, the person always has to be the center. And today’s dominant economic system has removed the person from the center, and at the center is the god of money. It’s the fashionable god today. I mean, there are statistics. I don’t remember very well, but — this is not exact and I could be making a mistake— 17% of the population has 80% of the wealth.”
How bad is the Muslim Brotherhood? They think Egyptian society is too liberal. You know, the Egyptian society which mutilates over 90% of little girls by cutting up their genitalia. (As a father with a daughter, I find Egyptian men particularly sickening for this practice. How can they do this to their little girls?)
The West hasn't had anything to do with any of that. And that's the best the Arabs can do.
So no, Pope Francis, the problem isn't that the West is greedy. The problem is that the rest of the world needs people like Daddy Assad rto keep it from going completely to Hell.