Pope Francis condemns the West for selling chemical weapons to Syria

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At a press conference on board the plane returning him to Rome from Turkey, Pope Francis told journaBy Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Returning from his trip to Turkey to discuss reconciliation between Christians and Muslims, Pope Francis took the West to task for profiting from the ongoing war in the Middle East. The sale of the nerve agent sarin by Western manufactures is directly responsible for the untold deaths of thousands of Syrians, he says
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – More specifically, the Pope says that the Middle East state did not have the ability to manufacture the chemical weapons that were deployed last year. He added that they must have been supplied them by its “accusers.”

Sarin has been described by chemical weapons experts as one of the “deadliest agents known to man.”

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At a press conference on board the plane returning him to Rome from Turkey, Pope Francis told journalists that he held the West responsible for selling chemical weapons to the Syrian regime.

Both governments of the United States and the United Kingdom threatened military action against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad after an attack in which almost 1,500 people were killed. At least 426 children perished in that incident. The measure was defeated by votes in Parliament and the US Congress.

On his return trip home from Turkey, Pope Francis said that “Last year between September and December it was said that Syria had chemical weapons. I don’t believe that Syria was capable of making chemical weapons. So who could have sold them to them? One of those who accused them.”

Speaking to journalists on board the plane, Pope Francis condemned arms trafficking as Speaking to journalists on board the plane, Pope Francis condemned arms trafficking as ‘terrible’ and lamented that it was currently one of the strongest fields of business.

Denouncing arms trafficking as “terrible,” the Pope lamented that it was currently one of the strongest fields of business.

He said that we are “living through a third world war,” being fought in limited regional conflicts all over the planet.

“The causes of this are historical enmities, political problems, economic problems, all working to prop up this system that places money and not the human person at the center. And behind this there are also commercial interests.”

In this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper LIn this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Francis poses with refugee children in Istanbul.

Syria originally established its chemical program with Soviet military assistance as a deterrent to Israel.

Foreign Minister William Hague admitted as he left office that Britain, in the 1980s sold Syria precursor chemicals that Damascus later used to manufacture sarin.

The U.K. also supplied electrical fans to Syria as late as 2003, it said, components of which were used in Assad’s chemical weapon program.

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