Criticizing Western’s ignorance about countrie’s culture in advancing its objectives, Pope Francis in an interview with Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix said: “we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure,”
“We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account,” Reuters quoted Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix as saying.
Francis has frequently attacked what he calls “cultural colonialism”, in which Western countries seek to impose their values on developing ones in return for financial aid.
“As a Libyan said recently, ‘We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have fifty”, Francis said, touching on the role of the West in spreading of terrorism in the world.
Muammar al-Qaddafi seized control of the Libyan government in 1969 and ruled as an authoritarian dictator for more than 40 years before he was overthrown in 2011.
Pope also took the asylum seeker crisis into consideration and asked Europe to integrate migrants.
Pope Francis said that “ghettoising” migrants was not only wrong but was also misguided in the fight against terrorism.
He cited the militant attacks in Brussels in March when three suicide bombers killed 32 people, in which “the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they came from a ghetto”.