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Putin and Jiang Shake Hands

by Christopher A. Ferrara

As Catholics around the world went to Mass on Sunday, July 15, Red Chinese President Jiang Zemin went to Moscow. Jiang — who viciously persecutes the Catholic Church and oversees China’s forced abortion policy — was in Moscow for “a four-day visit to sign a landmark friendship treaty between the former Communist rivals and discuss a common opposition to U.S. national missile defense plans.” [AP report, July 15, 2001] Yet another milestone in the “conversion” of Russia proclaimed by the Fatima revisionists.

AP reports that “the friendship and cooperation treaty that Jiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to sign after talks in the Kremlin on Monday will be the first major treaty since the Soviet collapse 10 years ago.” Jiang himself observed that “The friendship and cooperation treaty which I am going to sign with President Putin has a historic importance … I am sure that the forthcoming visit will help strengthen bilateral political confidence and deepen traditional friendship, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, help further joint development and open a new page in the development of Chinese-Russian relations.”

According to AP, “The Cold War-era rivalry between the two Communist giants began to ease in the late 1980s under Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and gave way to what the two countries described as a ‘strategic partnership’ in the 1990s.” Thanks to Gorbachev’s easing of the way: “China bought some $1 billion worth of Russian weapons last year, retaining its position as the biggest client of Russia’s ailing (sic) military industrial complex. Beijing has also been buying Russian air defense missiles, submarines and destroyers.”

But according to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Gorbachev is responsible for the “triumph of liberty” in Russia. [Zenit, June 27, 2001] What does the Cardinal mean by “liberty”? The liberty to abort 3.5 million children a year? The liberty to sell weapons of mass destruction to the diabolical Red Chinese? The liberty to impose onerous legal restrictions on the Bride of Christ in Russia?

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2008 Olympic Games, prompting Vladimir Putin to send his blood-drenched friend Jiang a telegram of congratulations. “It’s symbolic that such an important decision was made in Moscow just before the historic visit,” Putin said. The New World Order marches on: the butchers of Beijing will host the entire world for bread and circuses in 2008.

This is the post-Fatima future of a world which the Fatima revisionists, led by Vatican diplomats like Sodano, would have us accept as the fulfillment of Our Lady’s promise of the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. As Saint Paul teaches, God will not be mocked. Nor will God allow His Mother to be mocked by this shameful counterfeit of the Message of Fatima.