Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Out of the cold, more facts on the attempt on John Paul II's life

The Soviet Communists have long been accused of having a hand in the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II through Bulgarian proxies. Back then, the international left didn't believe that narrative choosing instead a long run fantasy that included "that free-market economists like James Buchanan and Friedrich Hayek created 'a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures [leading] to today's idea of freedom.'" I know that last piece is just a small detail in left's habit of applying fanciful non sequitur thinking to a wrong headed world view.

But the story is becoming clearer years later.
It is increasingly certain that it was a Soviet operation. Historian Nigel West, author of a number of important books on Soviet intelligence, and the Italian government long ago determined that the KGB, via its proxies in Bulgaria, were deeply involved in the planning and execution of the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II. Back in 2005, the report produced by an Italian government commission was buttressed by a cache of files found deep in the East German Stasi archives.

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