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The Pope’s New Crusade

TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (MNA) -- Pope Benedict XVI’s recent irresponsible remarks about Islam and his apparent affront to Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) indicate that the drum of the Crusades against Islam is being beaten again.
The increasing wave of Western offensives against Muslims, which began with U.S. President George W. Bush’s remarks and continued with the publication of disrespectful cartoons in a Danish newspaper, is part of a plot to start a new crusade against Muslims.
Undoubtedly, this propaganda is not accidental and purposeless, but rather within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to implement the theory of clash of civilizations put forward by U.S. theorist Samuel P. Huntington.
Regrettably, following the suspicious 9/11 attacks, the West is increasing the psychological and propagandistic pressure on Muslims to prepare the ground for the expulsion of Muslims from the United States and European countries.
The Pope’s rude remarks are actually code words for the start of a new crusade, heralding a dark future in relations between Islam and Christianity.
Although the remarks show the Pope’s ignorance of the sublime tenets of Islam, it seems unlikely that the leader of the world’s Catholics would make such sensitive comments without consulting with cardinals at the Vatican who are experts in Islam.
If Islamic countries’ leaders had responded wisely to Bush’s repeated insulting remarks, such statements definitely would not have been repeated by Christian leaders.
Meanwhile, soon after the Pope’s scurrilous remarks, Britain’s Daily Telegraph published outrageous insults directed at Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) and Muslims.
The newspaper claimed that Muslim soldiers in the early days of Islam used to behead prisoners of war.
All this shows that some Christian leaders are still angry about the Christian defeat in the Crusades for Bait-ul-Moqaddas and are seeking to pit Islam against Christianity again.
These provocations are meant to pave the way for the neocolonial powers to regain dominance over the oil-rich Middle East.
If this situation continues, the world will witness the mass expulsion of Muslims from Western countries under the pretext of the campaign against terrorism.
Another aim of such propaganda is to facilitate the implementation of the new Middle East plan so that the Zionist regime can become the Hong Kong of the Middle East and fill Islamic countries’ markets with Israeli goods.
This is the same new Middle East plan that former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Perez discussed with U.S. leaders after Israel and Palestine signed the Oslo Accords in 1993. Perez published his theories in a book with the same name.
Although it seems that this plan cannot be implemented easily due to the vigilance of Muslims, the level of such offensives meant to force Muslims out of Western countries will increase, creating the prelude for a clash of civilizations.
Indeed, in view of the fact that religious wars have always kept nations in a state of backwardness over the centuries, such a clash of civilizations would not benefit Christians or Muslims.
At this juncture, initiating a dialogue between the religious leaders of the West and the East is the only way to prevent a religious confrontation.

Has The Pope Joined Hands with Bush-Blair in their Crusades?
London, 16 September, 2006: Council of Indian Muslims—CIM (UK) has condemned Pope Benedict’s remarks about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as "shocking, irresponsible, outrageous and insensitive, smacking of prejudice and complete ignorance about Islam and Islamic history".
"The world would have expected from the Pope. who happens to be the head of the largest faith sect, an informed and learned observation of historical facts and not such a base, ignorant, ignoble, inflammatory and politically charged remark about Islam and its Prophet." CIM’s Chairman Mr Munaf Zeena, who is also the Chairman of North London Muslim Community Centre and Co-Chair of Muslim Jewish Forum, said in a statement issued today.
"If the Pope was so concerned about world peace and if he felt so superior about his Christian ideals he should have directed his sermon to George Bush and Tony Blair who have blatantly waged a war against their so-called ‘Islamic fascism’ and supplied arms and cluster bombs to Israel to rain them on the hapless Lebanon. If he was so disturbed at the disrespect for human lives and wrongs being committed in the world he should have asked the Christian world to apologise to the Palestinians for displacing them and should have urged the Christian world to stop supporting the Zionist state of Israel in killing Palestinians on a daily basis. And while doing so he should have reminded himself of what the Christians did to the Muslims during the Crusades and after. " Zeena added.
"One fails to understand how someone at a position as the Pope’s could be so ignorant about history and insensitive to the disastrous consequences his remarks could have on the already highly volatile and dangerous environment in which we are living now. Or has he joined hands with Bush-Blair in their crusades?"
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Pope Benedict a Devoted Fan of Fallaci
The Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci died on Friday aged 77.
For two decades, from the mid-nineteen sixties to the mid-nineteen eighties, Fallaci was on of the sharpest political interviewers in the world. Her subjects were among the world's most powerful figures; including the late Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace).
She was strongly anti-Islamic. In her book published after 9/11 attacks, "The Rage and the Pride", she described Islam as oppressive and Arab immigrants in Europe as dirty, foul-mouthed and bigoted.
In a later book, "The Force of Reason", Fallaci wrote that the Islamic faith "sows hatred in place of love and slavery in place of freedom."
Many times she was accused of slander and taking quotes out of context to spice up a story. She was widely castigated by Muslims as well as Christians for her criticism of John Paul II for making overtures to Muslims, and for not condemning terrorism heartily enough.
In August last year, Fallaci, who had long criticized the Catholic church, was discreetly granted an audience with Pope Benedict XVI at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

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