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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4158 16 January 2008, 10:37 The Moscow Patriarchate warns against empowering unaccountable elites in the
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      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
      representative concluded.
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