Wednesday, June 18, 2008
POPE JOHN PAUL II
On May 13, 1981 antipapal violence became evenmore overt as Pope John Paul II was shot and verynearly killed in St. Peter’s Square. Immediately it was acceptedby people all over the world as the action of an individualmadman called Mehmet Ali Agca. Even at the time,Italian authorities suggested that this might be a part of alarger conspiracy, but this was largely ignored. The Westernpress suggested that Mehmet Ali Agca may in fact havebeen a cog in the wheel of a Turkish right-wing Islamicfundamentalist conspiracy, but this was as far as it went.New evidence, however, has pointed the finger at the SovietKGB, operating through the secret factions of theCommunist regimes in Bulgaria and the Turkish Mafia.Rumor has it that Agca escaped from a Turkish prison and,having been given extensive training and an elaborate plot,adopted a right-wing disguise to hide the real motivationsof the assassination.The plot to kill the Pope may have failed, but this maynot have been the sole purpose of the assassination attempt.The whole thing could have been a clever doublebluff. After all, what better way to stir up public reaction against right-wing extremity and religious “fundamentalism.”No one suspected the Communist role for a minute.This does raise some doubts as to whether the neo-Naziactivities that have plagued Germany for more than half acentury are in fact propagated by extreme right-wing factionsat all or whether, again, it could be Communists behindthe series of events, which have included the brandingof the swastika, militant homophobia and racial prejudice.Information leaked from within the Soviet Party revealedthat one of its primary aims was to stir up public emotionagainst all that it termed as right-wing. Hitlerites were oneobvious example, but other right-wing factions also includedChristians, liberals and in fact anyone at all whowas not Communist.