Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Pope Takes Issue with America's 'Just War'
"At the weekend the Pope said that efforts to stave off war must be multiplied. ?One cannot do nothing in the face of terrorist attacks, but equally one cannot be idle in the face of the threats now on the horizon, he said. ?War is not inevitable.? Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilisation), a Jesuit journal that reflects Vatican views, said that ?the Islamic masses, which already harbor a deep hatred of the West, will see it as an act of war against Islam?. The journal said that the real US motive was economic and that the concept of ?preventive war? was highly dangerous. ?If every country which feels threatened attacks first, there will be war without end on the entire planet,? it said."

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