POPE BACKS SANCTIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA–“At the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, Pope John Paul II today offered his approval of the strict economic sanctions against South Africa now under consideration by the United States Congress. He said such measures are morally acceptable as a last resort in the struggle against apartheid. (NY Times, September 11, 1988.)
PONTIFF BLASTS U.S. SANCTIONS–“The economic sanctions (against Cuba) were “oppressive, unjust and ethically unacceptable.” (Pope John Paul January 26, 1998)
Vatican swinishness regarding Cuba didn’t start with this Pope. Far from it. In fact, the last three have all chanted the KGB-concocted anti-Cuba embargo mantra like champs. The KGB-concocted pro-South Africa embargo line was also dutifully chanted. ( A Pope who the KGB almost assassinated might have been expected to know better.)
But no. After all, in 1988 tens of thousands of Cuban and Soviet troops were being stomped and humiliated by grotesquely outnumbered –but superbly-trained and motivated troops from the South African Defense Forces.
So in 1988 it was imperative that the world rescue Castro’s military regime from military humiliation. Today the world must rescue Castro’s military regime from bankruptcy. Both times the world has answered the summons splendidly.