Pope Francis is apparently in favor of giving weapons to Ukraine. Speaking to reporters this weekend, the Pope said this:
“I’ve seen now that some countries are pulling back, and aren’t giving weapons. This will start a process where the martyrdom is the Ukrainian people, certainly. And this is bad. We cannot play with the martyrdom of the Ukrainian people. We have to help resolve things in ways that are possible.”
One doesn’t expect a religious leader to talk about peace by means of weapons. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments in the Bible. Wouldn’t that apply to killing Russians too?
What will Ukraine do with those weapons that the Pope wants them to have? Last week President Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine would continue its failed counteroffensive into the winter. This counteroffensive has cost close to 71,000 deaths and yielded no results.
Is Zelensky saying this for public relations? Journalist Seymour Hersh reports that the counteroffensive and the war are essentially over and Zelensky is the only one that doesn’t know. One American intelligence source told him this:
“The war is over. Russia has won. There is no Ukrainian offensive anymore, but the White House and the American media have to keep the lie going. The truth is if the Ukrainian army is ordered to continue the offensive, the army would mutiny. The soldiers aren’t willing to die any more, but this doesn’t fit the B.S. that is being authored by the Biden White House.”
In 2022, Zelensky said that he would launch a counteroffensive to strengthen Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table with Russia. That backfired, costing tens of thousands of lives, and now Ukraine is in a weaker position than it was when the first negotiations happened in March of 2022. How many more people have to die now?