Soviets Behind Pope Assassination Attempt
Newly uncovered records indicate that the Soviet Union had indeed attempted to assassinate the Pope, as the Vatican had long contended. The documents show that the Turk Mehmet Ali Agca was recruited by the Bulgarian Secret Service, on orders from the Kremlin, to Assassinate John Paul II.Catholic World News:
Two newspapers, Corriere della Sera and il Giornale , are reporting that files from the Stasi, the East German spy agency, confirm the suspicions long held by Vatican officials. Documents in newly opened files show that the KGB, the Soviet spy agency, ordered the assassination attempt, which was carried out by the Bulgarian secret service. Dimitar Tzonev, a spokesman for the Bulgarian government, said that officials in Sofia are ready to hand over their secret-service archives to the Italian commission charged with investigating the assassination attempt, which was carried out by Mehmet Ali Agca. An Italian parliamentary commission is also carrying out an investigation of KGB recruitment in Italy. Corriere della Sera reports that the Soviet service gave the order to assassinate John Paul II, and Bulgarian agents recruited Agca for the effort. That report confirms a theory that was advanced by the Pope himself, in his book, Memory and Identity; the Pope wrote that he was convinced Agca was not acting on his own initiative, "but someone else planned and commanded it." Almost immediately after the attack-- in which Pope John Paul was shot and seriously wounded after his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square-- Vatican officials quietly advanced the theory that the Soviet Union had authorized the assassination attempt. Italian investigators soon found evidence of ties between Agca and Bulgarian spy officers. But to date there has been no conclusive proof of Soviet involvement.Hat tip Reliapundit who also makes a good observation here.
"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."(Matthew 12:30)
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 02:34 PM
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 02:36 PM
But we must give the Eastern Europeans credit too. The selection of a pope from Poland emboldened the Polish masses to once again embrace catholicism. This provided a moral compass that unified the Poles. Born from this unity was The Solidarity Movement led by Lech Walesa and it was their strike that broke the Warsaw Pact's back. When Polish goovernment and the Soviet Union blinked in the face of the challange it was all over. The rest of Eastern Europe followed their lead.
John Paul II may be the greatest pope that ever lived.
Maybe Catholics should select a Chinese pope next.
Posted by: greg at March 30, 2005 02:41 PM
I'll take a pope who's yellow, black, or blue--as long as he's orthodox.
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 03:02 PM
Posted by: Mark Coffey at March 30, 2005 03:47 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 30, 2005 05:36 PM
That's his job. America's is to destroy its enemies.
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 06:27 PM
Must have been the Jews. Grow up and get real.
We need such enthusiasm on the good side. The dark side (liberalism) sucks and always loses in the end.
There was a reason the Iranian assholes released the hostages the day before the sissy Carter left office. Balls. Brought to you via Ronald Reagan. Get on the band wagon turkey. Life is good and so is George Bush.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 09:23 PM
The hostages were released as Reagan was being sworn in. Reagan and Ollie North had made an arms for hostages deal with the Iranians and that's why the Iranians let the hostages go as a present to Reagan instead of releasing them sooner. This action was a treasonable offense by the Reaganites in my opinion. One also has to wonder if the Iranians were tipped off for Carter's failed hostage rescue attempt given that the Reaganites already had a deal working with the Iranians and didn't want an October surprise that might queer their chances of winning the impending election.
Again, I think John Paul II is the greatest pope that ever lived and he probably agrees with me when I say George Bush is a puke.
Posted by: greg at March 31, 2005 08:27 AM
Your take on the Iranian hostage position is as sick as the rest of your bullshit. Of course, this time you didn't blame the jews.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 08:53 AM
Naturally an avowed Klanman such as yourself wouldn't give any credit to a Catholic pope.
You probably worship some fringe religion involving snake handling invented in the late 1800's on some smokey mountain in Tennessee.
Stroke that serpeant and let him flick your face with his forked tongue. Don't let him bite you on the ass though, you'd have to let one of your Klan buddies suck your ass.
Posted by: greg at March 31, 2005 09:03 AM
Posted by: Venom at March 31, 2005 09:12 AM
Did this take place before the fall of the Soviet Union? I can't remember.
Posted by: firstbrokenangel at March 31, 2005 09:31 AM
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 31, 2005 11:20 AM
You simple minded liberal twit. You assume you know something but in truth you're a dork.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 04:47 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 31, 2005 09:57 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 10:08 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 31, 2005 10:11 PM
Posted by: Butch at April 01, 2005 09:11 AM
You a Catholic - NFW! You can't even speak English properly and you expect me to believe that you know Latin. Get Real!
You're a vial Klansman.
Go slurp yourself or break your back trying.
Posted by: greg at April 01, 2005 11:04 AM
Also, care to put your money where your mouth is?
As I said you know nothing. Just a whinny asses shit for brains liberal now teamed up with an animal named Butch the getto monkey.
Posted by: greyrooster at April 01, 2005 12:07 PM
Drafted? Marines? 1962? Get a brain BOY!
Posted by: greyrooster at April 01, 2005 12:13 PM
Posted by: lol at April 02, 2005 03:18 PM
You sound like a pissed off old man with nothing to do. So you were a marine? Here is some news for you. Marines are the second biggest group of dipshits in the entire military, preceded by the army, of course. I guess you don't have to be that smart to kill, do you? What have you done since retirement? Or did you get a dishonerable discharge for molesting young viet-cong boys? I bet you havn't done shit since you left the military, if you actually were in the military in the first place. I bet you have been sitting on your ass for the last 20 years. No man who is useful or productive in society could be as angry and pathetic as yourself.
Posted by: Mike at April 02, 2005 11:42 PM
of your current home, a Mississippi Correctional institute. It really doesn’t matter. Because like Mike said, you don’t have to be smart to kill some one.
One other point, I was replying to Collin Barber not Greg. I was just being nice (a concept you can not grasp), and suppling information that you gave when you snuck on to the jail's library computer.
Posted by: Butch at April 04, 2005 04:57 PM
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