Columnist Joseph Sobran writes of how, seventy years ago: "Hilaire Belloc reminded his readers that only Islam had ever come near to destroying Christian civilization and that it had done so fairly recently (while the English were settling in America); and he warned that it might yet revive and renew its assault."
The recent comments of the Holy Father that have inflamed the Muslim world were, in part, the quotation of a 14th century Byzantine emperor who said: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." Those who pledge allegiance to the faith of Mohammed should not be surprised that the Successor of Peter does not defend their beliefs or their way of life, and only a fool would believe that a conversion to keep one's head on one's shoulders can possibly equal that which comes from the heart.
The Pope has nothing to be sorry about. Those who prove the very thing he was saying do.
In a word to Muslims everywhere -- GOTCHA!!!
[UPDATE: From various sources in the Catholic blogosphere, we learn that the Holy Father did not say he was "deeply sorry," as was reported by some English-language news outlets. Rather, he was "vivamente rammaricato" or “greatly distressed" -- no doubt in response to the death of an Italian nun in Somalia, as well as to other acts of violence by proponents of "the religion of peace" against Christians. So the little troll who wrote that long and stupid comment trashing Holy Mother Church can kiss my @$$! Nobody picks on Mama at this blog. Got it, shorty?]