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Pope Francis View of the G-20's "Distorted Vision of the World" Pope Francis View of the G-20's "Distorted Vision of the World"
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-07-10 09:23:55
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Pope Francis View of the G-20's "Distorted Vision of the World":
A Veiled Reference to Steve Bannon's Vision on Refugees?

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“The whole thing in Europe is all about immigration, it’s a global issue today—this kind of global Camp of the Saints…It’s not a migration, it’s really an invasion. It’s been almost a Camp of the Saints-type invasion into Central and then Western and Northern Europe”
                                               --Steve Bannon on clash of civilizations

“We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America”
                                                   --Donald Trump, joint session of Congress.

“Our main and unfortunate growing problem in the world today is that of the poor,
the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants.”

                                
--Pope Francis on G20 Summit

As the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany unfolded, Pope Francis summoned the editor of the Italian influential newspaper La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari, in order to give the world a piece of his mind on what was being decided at the Summit on the fate of refugees and migrants without their active participation at the table.

The Pope said that the U.S., Russia, China, North Korea, Syria have “a distorted vision of the world” (translated from the Italian: “una visione distorta del mondo”). He called those alliances “dangerous.” That was the address on the envelope, but the message inside the envelop was in reality for the whole G20 Congress, leaders of one third of the affluent world meeting in Hamburg while young “idealistic” protesters vented their frustration outside via violent means such as street fires and attacks on the police.

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Protesting the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017

To what exactly was the Pope referring to by his denunciation of “dangerous alliances”? To nothing short of the alliance of the world of the affluent against the poor, the weak, the excluded, as the Pope himself reiterated by stating that “our main and unfortunate growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants…This is why the G20 worries me: it mainly hits immigrants... For this reason, Europe must take as soon as possible a federal structure.”

I don’t know if Pope Francis had Steve Bannon or Donald Trump in mind when he made those declarations, but the reader who wants to better understand this crucial geo-political issue is advised to consult an article which appeared in Ovi with the title of “White Supremacy: Making Trump’s America White Again” (7 March 2017).  http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14293

There Steve Bannon’s theory on the refugee crisis is elucidated by reviewing one of his favorite books, The Camp of the Saints (1973) by Jean Raspail. That book has been repeatedly been used by Bannon as a metaphor to describe the largest refugee crisis in human history. As mentioned there, it is an overtly racist rant using race to describe the novel’s characters. Its overall purpose is to describe the takeover of Europe and the destruction of Western Civilization by waves of immigrants that wash ashore like the plague or like a hurricane. Basically, the refugee is dehumanized and reduced to a force of nature. It becomes a fight of civilization, a survival of the fittest. As to be expected, the novel has been acclaimed by white supremacists of various types on both sides of the Atlantic with anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant leanings.

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The cover of this English translation of The Camp of the Saints
calls it “a chilling novel about the end of the white world.”

To repeat what was mentioned in the above mentioned article, the plot of the book is quite simple and predictable. An armada of almost a million impoverished Indians heads for Europe. A debate follows among leaders of the EU, including a liberal Pope from Latin America (a prophecy of sorts?) on whether to let them in or simply kill them all, which many think it is the hard but also the right thing to do. All the non-white people of the earth intently watch the events. If the Indians succeed in their mission to enter Europe they will all rise up and overthrow Western White Society as we know it.

By the time the French government decides to act and repeal the “invasion,” it’s too late. Chinese pour into the White bastion that is Russia, the queen of England is forced to marry her son to a Pakistani woman, the mayor of New York must house an African-American family (another preposterous prophecy given that the current mayor of New York, Mr. Di Biasio, is married to an African-American). The rogue heroes defending white Christian supremacy are killed in the process. They are the martyrs of the cause, so to speak.

One of those heroes and martyrs is Calgues who compares himself to past European heroes and their mythical defenses of European Christendom: Rhodes against the Ottoman Empire, the fall of Constantinople to the Muslims, the naval battle of Lepanto. He considers himself fully human. The others, brown or black, arouse disgust. Many of the others are sexual deviants.

This tragedy, as per Calgues comes about because the West has lost the belief in its own cultural and racial superiority. It doesn’t take long before the reader realizes that the spirit of the Crusades is being revived in this book. The crusade in this case, however, is against the poor and non-whites.

Raspal wrote the book at Cannes while looking at the Mediterranean sea and imagining the hordes of refugees arriving by sea, the Third World overrunning “this blessed country that is France,” as he puts it. As could be expected the book did not get many favorable reviews, but there was a favorable one in the conservative Republican publication National Review which wrote the following: “Raspail brings the reader to the surprising conclusion that killing a million or so starving refugees from India would be a supreme act of individual sanity and cultural health.”

Also there is this gem from Professor Jeffrey Hart who in 1975 wrote that “Raspail is to genocide what D.H. Lawrence is to sex; a great fuss is being made over Raspail’s supposed racism, but the liberal rote anathema on racism is in effect a poisonous assault upon Western self-preference.”

In 2001, the book was republished one more time, again by Tanton, and again gained a cult following among opponents of immigration like the Border-patrolling Minutemen and eventually the online “alt-right” which has referenced the novel multiple times. In one such references, Julia Hahn, now an aide to Bannon in the White House, compared the admonition of Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress to “open your arms to refugees” to that found in Raspal’s novel by the liberal Latin American pontiff pointing out, as Bannon also does frequently enough, that migration is a disguise for invasion, that the refugee crisis did not just happen, it was planned, that something more sinister is going on. The villains in such a conspiracy theory, besides the liberal Latin American pope, are of course the secular liberals who weaken the West.

What is most intriguing about this racist paranoia and rejection of “the other” is that immigrants and refugees are not perceived as human beings in dire straits and needs, but as enemies to be exterminated like roaches. It is the resurrection of the Nazi mind-set and its final solution. The solution of the refugee crisis does not lie in compassion and solidarity, but in extermination. The aim is to win the war.

“Do you believe the elites in this country have the backbone, have the belief in the underlying principles of the Judeo-Christian West to actually win this war?” Bannon asked Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), now the attorney general, in June 2016. “I’m worried about that. … They’re eroding, regularly it seems to me, classical American values that are so critical to our success,” Sessions replied.

As the saying goes: birds of a feather flock together. Both Bannon and Sessions as integral part of the White House, go a long way in explaining why a Trump, who reads no books and is only capable of writing 140 characters tweets requiring two minutes span of attention, tends to conflate immigration and warfare and perceives his anti-Muslim executive orders as life-or-death national security issues comparable to a “military operation.”

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Perhaps we are not going too are afield in asserting that the slogan “Let’s make American Great again” is really a code for “Let’s make America White again.” In other words, let’s consider the root and the heritage of America as derived mostly from Northern Europe and all others as inferior and undesirables, un-Americans, so to speak.

Trump, Bannon and Sessions have so far managed to fool a substantial amount of people, including some high officials in the Vatican, friends of Bannon and his views, who consider Bannon and Paul Ryan “good Catholics” but they have not yet managed to fool this compassionate and courageous Pope who has generously provided a powerful voice, the voice of Mother Church with a bias for the poor, to those who have no voice and no influence in the dark visionless misguided world we live in.

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