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Pentru cine urmărește acest subiect și mai ales bursa zvonurilor privind viitorul Papă  recomand și lectura


a unui studiu privind scenarii pentru Orientul Mijlociu, elaborat în 2005, studiu care ia în calcul un scenariu cu un Papă recent ales.



Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, (2005) „Three alternative Middle East peace scenarios”, foresight, Vol. 7 Iss: 2, pp.8 – 20 – See more at:


Articolul este doar pe abonament dar există și o variantă pe The Millennium Project. Citatul este cam lung dar sper să vă placă ce se discuta în anumite cercuri prin 2005.



Scenario 2. The Open City
The white smoke signaled the election of a new pope. He assumed the office with humility and fervor. His priority, he announced, was facilitating peace around the world, particularly in the Middle East. He began his mission by addressing the Jerusalem question. Although his advisors cautioned „you can only blunt your authority-it’s unsolvable,” he maintained that God had given him this mission and as far as he and the church were concerned this took priority over politics. „The fact that it is a difficult mission,” he said, „only raises the stakes of the test. Is it more difficult than the tests that God gave Jesus, Moses, or Abraham?” The cardinals were mute but whispered among themselves, „the church will be in chaos.”
He personally called the leaders of the Jewish orthodox and reformed sects in Israel and their counterparts in the Muslim world, as well as Buddhist and Hindu leaders. (The non-involved religious leaders were invited to provide added credibility to the proceedings.) The new US president and EU leaders gave secret and subtle signals that they endorsed such a meeting. Deft use of the media-particularly live interviews on CNN and „60 Minutes”-made it hard for the religious leaders who were invited by the pope to refuse to meet and talk.
When the plans were made public, Muslim hardliners called this a „new Christian crusade.” Jewish right-wingers were also not very interested in the views of the Catholic Church, recalling the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem during the Crusades.
Yet the meeting plans continued and the religious leaders met on neutral ground, at an isolated ranch in New Zealand, and called their historic session Religious Leaders for Peace, or RLP. That the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Grand Mufti met in the same room was viewed as a worthy accomplishment and a milestone in its own right on the way to peace, since attending the meeting carried the very real risk of being ostracized by conservatives in their own camps.
At the first meeting, the initial coolness worsened a bit after each member justified his or her position as God-given. Then the pope said, „Yes. God has blessed each of you as you have said, and he has also given us brains with which to reason, and that is what I pray we can do. This issue of Jerusalem pertains to religious law and custom; it should be above secular self-interests and politics and we can at least begin to discuss how to resolve it. It is too simple to say that Jerusalem can be a city-state like the Vatican; there are three religions involved here. We must ask God for guidance.”
Perhaps the meeting went ahead because Jews, Palestinians, and Arabs were war-weary; perhaps the governments realized that the possibility of progress without some help from outside was not good; perhaps it was the general belief that the issue had progressed to the point of being „much too important to be left to governments”; perhaps the rise of interest in religion around the world caused people to be open to considering „a higher way.”
The religious leaders began with points of agreement: free access to the holy sites should be guaranteed. How ludicrous it would be, they agreed, if one religion were to attempt to deny access to anyone of another religion who wanted to pay homage there. The plan must be beyond political, ideological, and economic interests. It grew from these seeds of agreement. Jerusalem should be an open city under no nation’s sole jurisdiction, but under religious protection and authority. They recognized that the problem of Jerusalem does not affect just Israel or a future state of Palestine but is of global concern.
Their proclamation recognized that Jews, Muslims, Christians, and other faiths have to work toward a sharing of God’s gifts.


Despre Claudiu Degeratu
Expert in securitate nationala, internationala, NATO, UE, aparare si studii strategice

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