Controversial and confused priest Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio : Chaplain to the Rebel Cannibals
Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is not only a turbulent priest but a very dangerous one who seems intent on causing as much collateral damage as possible to the hard-pressed and very exposed Christians in Syria and Iraq; we can leave the Alawites out of it because if Fr Paolo’s Syrian rebels prevail, the rebels have already promised to kill all of them, man, woman and child. This is not an idle threat and countless Alawites have already been butchered in ways too disgusting to describe.
Fr Paolo would argue that they have died in a good cause, the cause of democracy through Salafist dictatorship the rebel cannibals and head hackers pursue. Check out his latest interview, available here in both German and French. In case you are not au fait with the languages of Goethe and Voltaire, here is an excellent working translation.
Presenter: You lived for 30 years in Syria. You founded a monastery, which promoted inter-religious dialogue. You have supported the rebellion. You returned secretly to Syria recently. Are you more optimistic today about the engagement of the international community after the decision taken yesterday on the lifting of the arms embargo?
Priest. it’s a positive step. A first positive step. It is not enough. The people are attacked by chemical weapons, by heavy arms. They are lacking in everything, such as medicine. There are no humanitarian corridors. They haven’t even been able to send gas masks into Syria.
Presenter: Do the precautions of the international community against arming radical Islamists disappoint you today?
Priest: It’s not just since today that we are disappointed. It is two years now of painful disappointment. The international community is led by very clever manipulators of opinion. They have been led by a series of interests in continuity with 40 years of a regime which has strong friendships abroad and throughout Europe. So, they have decided on the old ways of collaboration with the regime. Groups of Syrians, who are a minority but important, have advised the ambassador on the necessity to keep Assad against the terrorist conspiracy, thereby negating the democratic nature of the revolution. They are wrong.
Presenter: Do you not think that the European argument which says “we don’t want to give arms to Islamists” is fallacious?
Priest: It’s mendacious. It’s not only fallacious. At best, it is extremely naïve. Every day the delay of help from the democratic citizen of Europe to the democratic citizen of Syria turns those citizens into terrorists, into radical Islamists. The moderate Muslims, the democratic Muslims have been pushed to despair.
Presenter: In the idea, perhaps, of a happy ending, let’s say, to what is happening in Syria, you, who are a priest, you know of course that the Christians have been brought to the side of Assad who has offered them so-called protection. What will happen to the Christian community in Syria?
Priest: There are no conditions for the future. The fact that the Christians have opened their hearts and souls to the regime have put them into a similar position to the Christians of Iraq. The insecurity which has taken over the country forces families to leave their children, it’s normal. And this anxiety to see the Muslims kill each other, it means that we think it is not our place anymore, so we leave. There are Christians who are in the revolution. They will win with the Syrian democrats. And democratic Syria will be for them as it will be for all liberated Syrian citizens.
He had to return to Syria secretly because the Syrian Catholic Church and all of Syria’s Jesuits asked him to leave. Fr Paolo should soon be expecting a direct order for the head of the Jesuits to stop meddling in Syria. The photos, incidentally of of Iraqi Chaldean Christians, two million of who have been cleansed from Iraq which, with Syria is where Christianity began. The gospels tell us that Christ’s followers were first called Christians in Antioch. They are paying a heavy price for it. Carrying the Cross through hell.
The claim that the Syrian Arab Army used chemical weapons has been shown to be cheap propaganda peddled by propagandists like him with a death lust agenda. It has been conclusively shown, in fact, the rebels who have used the chemical weapons. Not that Fr Paolo or his publishers worry about that if it does not fit in to the “red line” agenda.
Or about his fellow priests. The rebels have Catholic monasteries surrounded and they, rather than the government, are starving the Catholics into surrender which, on past form, will be followed by mass rape and mass murder. Father Daniel Mees is a Belgian Franciscan based in Qara dire at Mousa near Damascus. Father France van der lucht is Dutch. He and 80 parishioners have been under siege for the last 2 years. As the rebels have them blockaded, they are skeletal. Death by starvation as a change to death by other means. As TS Eliot tell us in Murder in the Cathedral Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways.
Fr Paolo speaks about friends in high places and media spin. The rebels have oceans of Qatari/ Saudi money and media. They also enjoy the logistical, diplomatic and military support of Turkey, the USA, France and Britain as well as the international Al Qaeda franchise. Not bad for starters. These merchants of death and spinners of deception are open and declared enemies of the Syrian government and people; they are not, as the good father alleges, their allies. If they are, with friends like the, Syria needs no enemies as the tens of thousands killed by Fr Paolo’s head hacking heroes shows.
Fr Paolo alleges that Al Qaeda is strong because the West is not giving them and their allies more arms. Has he not seen what has happened in Iraq where he moved to continue his mischief making? As George Bush said, fool me once… As the Americans might say, is he for real? Not any more, perhaps, because his harbingers of freedom, true to form, have most likely decapitated him if past and current form is anything to go by.
Fr Paolo argues that the moderate Muslim rebels have been pushed to despair because the West is not giving them more arms. Is he seriously arguing the rebels hack heads off and eat the organs of their prisoners because we are not sending them even more lethal weapons?
Fr Paolo is a very confused man. He cannot see that Iraq’s Christians have fled in huge numbers because the rebels he supports kill, rape and kidnap them on an industrial level. He cannot see Syria’s Christians have always felt safe under Assad and they have seen the unspeakable horrors the rebels visit on them. In all of that, the Christians of Iraq and Syria are no different from anyone of goodwill. The butchers’ knives do not discriminate even if they leave useful idiots like Fr Paolo cackle on for their own blood thirsty reasons unti lthe time comes to send them to the the abattoir.
Fr Paolo: He is an Italian born Jesuit who was destined for big things in the Catholic Church. This is evident by the time and training he got at the Gregorian Institute. Anyone pencilled in for a big job in the Corporation usually goes there to be assessed. Fr Paolo’s PhD which the Pontifical Gregorian University awarded him In 1989 was entitled “About Hope in Islam”.
There are at least two interesting points about that. Though some bright sparks might emanate from the Pontifical Gregorian University, it is, in essence, a Vatican operation to select and scan future leaders, big and small. Fr Paolo was considered an asset.
His PhD deserves some academic comment. Hope is an abstract concept and Islam is concrete. Together, they cannot make for a worthwhile PhD because they are diverse and far too catholic concepts. PhDs go deep and not wide but Fr Paolo goes very wide and not deep at all. Where do either (or both) Islam and hope begin and end? Because they neither begin nor end, they are simply too wide to be shoehorned into PhDs. Elements of hope or elements of Islam would be good PhD topics but broad-brush approaches – and Fr Paolo is the master of the broad-brush – do not make the grade.
Fr Paolo should not feel bad about that. The Economist magazine is the same. It too utters meaningless liberal shibboleths , even as it too calls for even more death and destruction to be rained down on Syria. Like Fr Paolo, they live in their own warped universe where hope, like a defiant flower, will spring eternal after the people of Syria have gone through the cruellest winter of death and justification from some unusual quarters for that death.
Finally, to round post this off, let us remember the Christians of Iraq whose documented fate Fr Paolo ignores. Remember them and weep.