CATHOLIC MESSAGES - "Traditional Catholic Values - Serving People of all Faiths"
Special Commentaries & Studies by Vincent T. Bemowski dealing with Spirituality, US Politics, and World Affairs.
Nov. '07 Bill Clinton's Claim of Opposing Iraq War From Outset Disputed - "A former senior aide to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice disputed Bill Clinton's statement this week that he "opposed Iraq from the beginning," saying that the former president was privately briefed by top White House officials about war planning in 2003 and that he told them he supported the invasion."
See: Text Of Clinton's Feb. 17, 1998 Statement On Iraq - President Clinton's address to Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon staff - "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.  We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program" --- Bill Clinton
Background: On May 2, 2003 Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, (Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) stated: “He (John Paul II) did not impose this position (Iraq War not necessary) as doctrine of the Church but as the appeal of a conscience enlightened by faith” (Zenit News Agency).
Commentary: This above statement, while truthful, does not reveal any evidence that these two men actually prayed about this issue. Since there is only ONE Holy Spirit, why are Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger's views on the Iraq War the same as radical Islamists, terrorists, morally corrupt left-wing liberal Democrats, biased people in the media, and many immoral Hollywood "stars"?
The answer is that they were simply "opinions" that were shown to be incorrect by the type of people that agreed with them. Many other good men & women (including veterans who suffered far more than Pope John Paul II did during World War II) did pray about this matter & strongly disagreed with their conclusions - and to this day continue to disagree with Pope Benedict XVI on this moral issue.
However, unlike many U.S. Democrats, Pope John Paul II's thoughts on the Iraq War were not voiced in an arrogant, judgmental manner.  He loved America, and praised President George W. Bush's moral leadership.
See: President George W. Bush Presents Medal of Freedom to Pope John Paul II, June 4, 2004 - "I also continue to follow with great appreciation your commitment to the promotion of moral values in American society, particularly with regard to respect for life and the family....Mr. President, as you carry out your lofty mission of service to your nation and to world peace, I assure you of my prayers and cordially invoke upon you God's blessings of wisdom, strength and peace."
Pope John Paul II never praised President Clinton for his "moral values," because Clinton, along with the most Democrats, believe you have the "right to kill" someone through an abortion - a horrible crime against humanity that has resulted in the cruel deaths of millions & millions of innocent, defenseless, unborn human beings.
Cardinal Ratzinger later confirmed: "There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion, even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia" (Italian magazine "L'espresso," June 2004 - published online in July).
Would Pope John Paul II have considered it a "Just War" if France, England, and the U.S. had disarmed Germany, preventing Hitler from invading Poland and other countries?
The vast majority of Americans agreed with President George W. Bush's decision to disarm Iraq, and eliminate their capacity to wage war when it was thought by U.S. intellengence agencies that Iraq was developing biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons that could be used against America, and other Western nations.  Aided by the Democratic Party, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the Iraq War Resolution.
If President Bush is a "liar," why aren’t double-tongued Democrats held accountable?  Do they think faulty intelligence on Iraq only came through Bush?  It originally came from Bill Clinton's administration
Hypocritical, immoral Democrats want it both ways - they first supported the Iraq War Resolution, but now want to place the blame for going to war on President Bush
President Bush’s only mistake was to trust incorrect intelligence reports.  But others, including politicians from the U.S. Democratic Party made the same type of mistake. For example:
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 (Vice-President under Clinton - ran for President in the year 2000).
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is developing weapons of mass destruction." Senator Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts), Sept. 27, 2002.
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
Senator John F. Kerry (Massachusetts), Oct. 9, 2002.
“He (Saddam Hussein) has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaida members....Left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
Senator Hillary Clinton (New York), Oct 10, 2002.
As you can see from the above, many Democrats have very short memories when it comes to the judgments of leaders in their own political party.
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Dec. '07  Misreading the Iran Report - "Production of fissile material has been treated as by far the greatest danger, and the pace of Iranian production of fissile material has accelerated since 2006. So has the development of missiles of increasing range."
Nov. '07 Pope Recalls Italians Who Died in Iraq - "May the memory of these our brothers, and of others who have made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for the noble cause of peace, contribute to supporting the journey to hopeful rebirth of the dear Iraqi people." 
Commentary: The Pope is at last acknowledging the sacrifices made by ALL those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom in Iraq. Unfortunately, like his predecessor, he still refuses to single out the sacrifices American soldiers have made in Iraq.  
Also see: Latest British opinion poll shows that despite violence only 26% of Iraqi adults preferred life under Saddam - "Carried out by UK research firm ORB, which has been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005, the poll shows that despite the horrendous personal security problems only 26% of the country preferred life under the previous regime of Saddam Hussein."
Commentary: It is true that as in all wars, mistakes are made and the innocent die, but we should not judge America based on those mistakes. This poll shows more evidence for those blind to the truth. Hopefully, over time, many who are against the sacrifices Americans have made to make Iraq free will come to realize that freedom is appreciated and welcomed by the vast majority of Iraqi people.
Vincent T. Bemowski - Website Editor
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