Pope Francis has criticized the West’s latest involvement in Afghanistan as an outsider’s try to impose democracy — though he did it by citing Russia’s Vladimir Putin whereas pondering he was quoting Germany’s Angela Merkel.
Asked throughout a radio interview aired Wednesday in regards to the new political map taking form in Afghanistan after the United States and its allies withdrew from the Taliban-controlled nation after 20 years of war, the pope stated he would reply with a quote that he attributed to the German chancellor, whom he described as “one of the world’s greatest political figures.”
“It’s necessary to stop the irresponsible policy of enforcing its own values on others and attempts to build democracy in other countries based on outside models without taking into account historic, ethnic and religious issues and fully ignoring other people’s traditions,” the pope stated, utilizing his personal translation into Spanish.
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But the phrases had been spoken final month by the Russian president within the presence of Merkel, throughout her go to to Moscow.
During the assembly on Aug. 20, Putin scathingly criticized the West over Afghanistan, saying that the Taliban’s speedy sweep over the nation has proven the futility of Western makes an attempt to implement its personal imaginative and prescient of democracy. Merkel, in the meantime, urged Russia to use its contacts with the Taliban to press for Afghan residents who helped Germany to be allowed to depart Afghanistan.
The pope’s interview with Spain’s Cadena COPE occurred on the Vatican late final week. The radio station owned by Spain’s Catholic bishops’ convention aired the speak on Wednesday and stated that its content material had been vetted by the pope himself.
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Francis additionally stated that “all eventualities were not taken into account” within the departure of Western allies from Afghanistan.
“I don’t know if there will be any revision (of what happened during the withdrawal), but there was much deceiving from the new authorities (of Afghanistan),” stated the pope. “Either that or just too much ingenuity. Otherwise, I don’t understand.”
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Francis referred to as for Christians the world over to have interaction in “prayer, penance and fasting” within the face of occasions in Afghanistan.