On Saturday, in an interview with the Italian daily la Repubblica, Pope Francis revealed what his worst fears were about the recent G20 Summit. Speaking with the founder of the paper, Francis first detailed his concerns for immigrants:
The G20 worries me, it hits migrants in countries in half of the world and it hits them even more as time goes by.”
The Pope, of course, was referencing the fact that many countries around the world, including those represented at the global summit, suffer from widespread panic over “invading” refugees and immigrants. The leaders of those countries have for the most part done little to allay those fears, or to quiet the racism that serves as an undercurrent for xenophobia.
But it was a larger scale fear that truly struck the pontiff, and he was concise about it:
[My concern is] very dangerous alliances among powers that have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war in Syria.”
Unfortunately, most of those alliances didn’t begin with this G20 meeting. Vladimir Putin has been an almost singular shield against foreign intervention on behalf of Syria’s brutal dictator for years. China has likewise served as a longtime bulwark for North Korea, should their antics lead to heightened risks around the world. That leaves the most recent alliance — that of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — as the impetus for the Pope’s statement.
We’re with you, Francis. After news that Trump had brought up Russian interference in the 2016 election with the Federation president and been satisfied with his denial of involvement, it was only a matter of time before we got word that the two powers were ready to move on from the issue. Sunday, that news came. Both leaders have stated their desire to work together following their first ever in-person meeting in Hamburg. Normally, cooperation and unity are good news. But when you’re talking about a country whose leading imports and exports are corruption, coupled with a country being led by a man already under investigation by every intelligence agency in the US, it’s hard to imagine good things will result.
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