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Pope Francis And The Third World War

Politics / Religion Sep 16, 2014 - 06:21 PM GMT

By: Andrew_McKillop


Anglosaxon Hegemony is Finished
With the open air decapitation of British hostage David Haines by ISIS psychopaths, the image of the “Anglosaxon world” has suffered another heavy blow. The killing of Haines was preceded by the killing of two American hostages. It is hard to not understand why American and British targets were chosen by ISIS. The role of British, French and American “nation-building” in the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1917-18 is primordial. Revenge against “the Anglosaxon world” is possibly the main emotional focus of ISIS and other Crony Islamic psychopaths in the region.

US president Barack Obama, followed by British prime minister David Cameron, and then French president Francois Hollande have called for “international military action to destroy ISIS” both in Syria and in Iraq. Since 2011, the alliance of World War I victors – US, France, UK – has actively supported rebel forces fighting the government of Bashr al-Assad in Syria. Without their approval – either overt and admitted or covert and denied – local governments like those of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE would not have so intensely armed and financed the Islamic extremists. As we know, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states now regret giving such big support to ISIS in Syria and want military protection for their own anti-democratic and repressive regimes.

Vladimir Putin has said that “at some point it seemed that the USA was the only leader and a uni-polar system was in place. [but] today it appears that is not the case”.  He also said that in a world that is now interdependent the result of attempting to control and dominate this multi-polar world will be “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.

The US, UK and France are learning this the hard way, slowly and unwillingly.

New World Order
Henry Kissinger writing in 'Wall Street Journal', August 31, said that “collective international security” is the goal of what he calls “the New World Order”. No single power, like the USA or the much smaller UK or France can ensure global security.

The attempts at trying to impose “uni-polar” Anglosaxon control of global security, control of the global economy, and controlling the relations between different cultures and religions, and so on, are now always unsuccessful and can incite extremists with degenerate ideologies, like ISIS, to greater excesses of depravity. In the specific case of the “Islamic State phenomenon”, this is strongly related to US, British and French attempts to overthrow the government of Bashr al-Assad in Syria. Their support to Islamic rebels in Syria is one major cause of the “Islamic State phenomenon”.

Kissinger, in his 'Wall Street Journal' article, regretted that US-Russian relations are bad and that  tensions have “resurged” with Russia, and that US relations with China are troubled. He did not admit that attempts at maintaining “Anglosaxon hegemony” have seriously degraded US relations with Russia and China. He claimed in his article that for a certain period of time after World War II, “the years from perhaps 1948 to the turn of the century [1999] marked a brief moment in human history when one could speak of an incipient global world order”.This was in fact the Anglosaxon hegemonic interval – it was in no way permanent. It cannot be re-started. It was a historical interlude.

The “Anglosaxon hegemonic principle” has never been officially admitted but has been heavily analyzed and discussed, for decades. Today, we have to accept that it no longer exists – Kissinger talks about “leadership role” using influence - but a new order where “the Anglosaxons” no longer exercise direct control. However, concerning the threat of Islamic extremists menacing western society, today, other components of Western civilization can unite many peoples.

Pope Francis and The Third World War
Speaking in Redipuglia, August 13, at the site of Italy's largest war memorial where about 100 000 Italian soldiers are buried, Pope Francis said the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal third World War”.

The Pope condemned the arms trade and “the plotters of terrorism” who sow death and destruction.

In his homily, he said that: “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep”. He also said that “War is madness”, because “even today, after the failure of another world war” [World War II], we can perhaps speak of a third world war, which is being fought with “crimes, massacres and destruction”.

The civil war in Syria, with strong backing from the US, UK and France to anti-government rebels including Islamic extremists, has according to UN estimated killed about 200 000 people since 2011. Refugee numbers are now in the millions. The US, UK and France say they will continue financing and arming “non-extremist” rebels in Syria. They want war, conflict and death.

In recent months, Pope Francis has made repeated appeals for an end to conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and troubled countries in Africa, including Libya, Mali the Central African Republic and Egypt. Pope Francis also said that among the causes of war and war fever, there is: “Greed, intolerance and the lust for power”. He said: “These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology”

The Anglosaxon hegemonic “principle” was an ideology which is now almost openly admitted by many American politicians and English politicians to have “over-reached” and has defeated its own purposes. There is no place for it in the world of today. As Vladimir Putin said,  “Everything in the world is interdependent”, which includes the basic need for mutual respect and security.

In the case of the Islamic State, there is no respect for human beings, human life and humanity, and Pope Francis may be right in saying that we now have a new form and type of World War. Like the previous world wars it is driven by the same greed for power, defective or degenerate ideologies, and causes the same economic destruction and the waste of human life.

By Andrew McKillop


Former chief policy analyst, Division A Policy, DG XVII Energy, European Commission. Andrew McKillop Biographic Highlights

Co-author 'The Doomsday Machine', Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2012

Andrew McKillop has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has had specially long experience of energy policy, project administration and the development and financing of alternate energy. This included his role of in-house Expert on Policy and Programming at the DG XVII-Energy of the European Commission, Director of Information of the OAPEC technology transfer subsidiary, AREC and researcher for UN agencies including the ILO.

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