The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, recently commented on America’s involvement in Afghanistan, chiding it. He did so citing Russian President Vladimir Putin while thinking he was citing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. This article by Aritz Parra and Frank Jordans is published by the Associated Press. Here is an excerpt;
Pope Francis has criticized the West’s two-decade-long involvement in Afghanistan as an outsider’s attempt to impose democracy — although he did it by citing Russian President Vladimir Putin while thinking he was quoting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Asked during a radio interview aired Wednesday about the new political map taking shape in Afghanistan after the United States and its allies withdrew from the Taliban-controlled country following 20 years of war, the pope said he would answer with a quote that he attributed to Merkel, whom he described as “one of the world’s greatest political figures.”
“It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside and building democracy in other countries, ignoring the traditions of the peoples,” the pope said, using his own translation into Spanish.
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