I just read an article about Pope Benedict condemning totalitarian ideologies (The Catholic World Report, July 2005). His remarks were made May 19 after viewing a movie about the life of Pope John Paul II which included images of Nazi atrocities in Poland. The pope said “Whenever totalitarian ideology crushes man underfoot, all humanity is seriously threatened.” He went on to say that the recollection of Nazi and Communist oppression should inspire **“every person to do whatever is in his power so that we will never again live through such barbarous events.” **
There are many Islamic governments that qualify as having “totalitarian ideologies”, so are we to fight these governments with all our power? Do not some sects of Islam have totalitarian ideologies?
Note: Definition of “totalitarian” per dictionary.com – Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed: “A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).
Food for thought.