I am not sure how real is this call by Pope Francis in dealing with terror after the
bombing. First thing, what are the weapons of love in
the Pope’s arsenal? Would he be sending his followers to go around with an
olive branch to the terrorists and hug them and kiss them, and showering them
with love? Brussels
The first problem I think his followers will face is to find the terrorists. Who are the terrorists that he can show love to? Not everyone is a terrorist. Would his followers be hugging everyone they met, everyone from the refugee camps or the ghettos in Brussels and all over Europe? Or will they flock to the
Middle East in a crusade of
love? Would the Pope lead by example,
when the faith is strong as a mustard seed? How to execute this plan of love?
Humans have had some success in offering love to wild beasts. But there is one condition, that is, the beasts must be caged first. And after they have responded positively to love, they must still be caged or put on a leash.
What is the moral of the story? Trust the beasts or trust God? Should the beasts be set free after receiving all the love? The Americans did the right thing in Guantanamo, lock them up first. But the Americans did wrong by not giving them love. If the Americans had learnt from the Pope by using the weapons of love, the result could be different. The Pope spoke too late.
Donald Trump will remind the Pope of the vicious snake story, that the snake bit the old woman who carried it home to nurse. When asked angrily, why, by the old woman, the snake replied that she should know better. A snake is a snake, and will bite.