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Nothing new under the sun

THE BOURGEOIS lie-machine always goes into top gear in times of conflict. When Germany invaded Belgium in 1914, we were fed all sorts of stories about the bestial invaders who routinely raped nuns and used babies for bayonet practice whilst being told to take comfort in the support of the Supreme Being whose heavenly hosts intervened to stave off a British rout at the Battle of Mons.

We’re now being told much the same thing about the Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

This week the former Archbishop of Canterbury joined in the chorus. Like the Pharisees of old, Rowan Williams has denounced the Russian Orthodox Church for not condemning the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine.

The Anglican churchman says there is a strong case for expelling the Russian Orthodox Church from the World Council of Churches. “When a Church is actively supporting a war of aggression, failing to condemn nakedly obvious breaches of any kind of ethical conduct in wartime, then other Churches do have the right to raise the question,” the retired cleric said. “I am still waiting for any senior member of the Orthodox hierarchy to say that the slaughter of the innocent is condemned unequivocally by all forms of Christianity.”

When the chips are down the ruling class can always count on the Church of England. Even though Jesus, their supposed Master and the Prince of Peace, was a pacifist who called on his followers to turn the other cheek and forgive their enemies, the Anglicans never have any problem in supporting “just wars” when it suits them. They’re clearly not so happy when others do the same.