A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Agca Warns Pope Not To Visit Turkey

An Italian newspaper published a letter written by Mehmet Ali Agca today, in which Agca warned Benedict that his life would be in danger if he visited Turkey:

In his two page letter to leading Italian Rome based daily La Repubblica, Agca, who was a member of the Turkish terrorist cell the White Wolves, wrote: "Pope Ratzinger listen to someone who knows these things very well."

"Your life is in danger. You absolutely must not come to Turkey."

I don't think a visit to Turkey is the best idea at this point. Far better for Benedict to wait until the waters calm, and then make a grandiose visit with the intent of reconciliation.

As much as it horrifies me, I have to agree with the would-be assassin: the Pope's life will be in grave danger if he makes this trip.

Agca also shows that, after all these years, he still has a few screws loose:

Pope Benedict you must know that between 1980 and 2000 I was in contact with various Western intelligence services and with the Vatican.In those twenty tears I learnt many things and I came into possession of many classified secrets."

The letter closed with Agca imploring Pope Benedict to resign for his own safety he wrote: "For your own welfare you must make a grand gesture of honour and resign.

"Then you must return to your native land (Germany) and in your place an Italian cardinal can be elected Pope, possibly (cardinal Dionigi) Tettamanzi or (cardinal Tarcisio) Bertone.


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