Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Senior German parliamentarian on a conspiracy rampage 

This story hasn't received any media coverage outside of Germany yet:

"Germany's highest ranking female member of parliament has a new theory: the US government set the Catholic pedophilia scandal in motion because it wanted to weaken an already frail pope. That's also why it made Poland its chief partner in the Iraq war: to make the Vatican look bad."
The person in question is Antje Vollmer, the Green Party member and, more importantly, the vice-president of Germany's Parliament, the Bundestag.

"As a guest on the weekly talk show 'Berlin Mitte,' Vollmer seemed to be starting off with the right intentions. She spoke of the 'wonderful image' of President George Bush, his son President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton before the body of the pope in St. Peter's Basilica. But then, out of nowhere, she veered straight off a cliff.

"Her theory? It seems the U.S. had to do something to weaken the influence of the pope, who was an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq. Vollmer finds it all very suspicious that after the war, 'Poland was made a top occupying power in Iraq, naturally to weaken the pope's hinterland. Or how then, of all times, the campaign against the Catholic Church and the pedophilia was started, which was, of course, totally justified, but at this point in time was definitely a tit-for-tat response.' Vollmer found it somehow strange that the US presidents traveled to the Vatican despite the 'tough power struggles'."
Of themselves, barely coherent ramblings of a Green Party politician are of a little consequence; however, it is still concerning that a senior German parliamentarian is so detached from reality so as to spout such bizarre conspiracy theories in public without the second thought, just as it is concerning that such talk is now so commonly accepted among the European elites that, as "Der Spiegel" reports, neither the host nor other guests on the show have made any effort to question Vollmer's outburst.

Poland, by the way, volunteered to go to Iraq because, unlike Germany, it values its new alliance with the United States. And, sadly, sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church have been breaking out as long as I can remember. Certainly long before Karl Rove.

Vollmer, by the way, has a
Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology.


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