Moscow Patriarchate warns against empowering 'unaccountable elites'
16 January 2008, 10:37
The Moscow Patriarchate warns against empowering 'unaccountable
elites' in the security sphere
Moscow, January 16, Interfax - The Russian Church is unpleasantly
surprised with the suggestion 'to accept and realize the conception
of shared security as it is' made at the Alliance of Civilizations
section to religious leaders.
'This conception as well as the idea of human security related to it,
was put forward as 'smooth' alternative to the idea of national
security and is to submerge it giving priority to the security of
individuals or groups of citizens instead of the state security',
deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church
Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion.
He noted that the Russian Church is open to cooperation with the
Alliance of Civilizations and Archpriest Alexander Abramov represents
the Moscow Patriarchate on its forum.
According to the priest, it is evident that 'many iniquities and
injustices were executed for the reasons of national or state
security in the past'.
'However, the question is where the real power will go to in case the
conception of shared security is realized and the responsibility for
the security is conveyed from the state to some international
agencies', he said.
Fr. Vsevolod noted that today presidents and parliaments, and
governments through them 'are elected by people and are accountable
to people'. According to him, this conception 'empowers to
international bureaucracy, economic, expert and informational elites
elected by no one and accountable to no one'.
'The conception speaks about personal welfare, but in fact it
questions tested mechanisms of people's power. No secret that it is
reduced to minimum in international organizations today', the priest said.
According to him, the advocates of the shared security conception
often say that 'state, land, shrines, ideas are nothing if opposed to
life and comfort of an individual and should be subordinated to him'.
'It was that very authorities who justify NATO's intervention in the
Balkans, saying thus they would save people's lives. But many
societies believe the unity of the country, its shrines are worth
dying for or fighting for with those who offend it', Fr. Vsevolod stated.
People in Russia were thinking this way although the 20th century,
many people both in the East and in the West still think so today and
'if global community does not understand it, conflicts between
societies and civilizations are inevitable'.
The priest noted that the West 'should finally understand that there
exist various societies with different priorities, with different
legal and political systems'.
'To force their surrender means to reap the whirlwind. The
international community should not teach people how to live and who
should bear responsibility for their security. It should respect
various cultural, civilization, religious and social models existing
in the world and strive to provide freedom, independence and
development to every of them even if this model values state,
Motherland, faith, and shrines the most', the Russian Church's