And so a maniac has come out into the open, and, taking advantage of the discord, has shot a priest in the back in Trabzon. But the important thing here is not that maniac. The people we should look at are those who have prepared the poisonous atmosphere that now surrounds us. This atmosphere is so powerful. Just think, only 3 days ago, a variety of spiritual leaders in Turkey, including the Armenian Patriarch, the head rabbi, and the Vatican's representative, all issued a statement in the strongest language, condemning the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed which were printed in a Danish and European newspapers. But clearly these statements did nothing to help the atmosphere. It was a meaningful gesture, but it did not find the resonance that it should have in our society.
The winds of discord are that strong these days. And now, we have the death of the priest in Trabzon. And today, we can openly say this: It is those who laid the groundwork for the current psychological atmosphere in Turkey who are responsible for the trigger of the gun that shot Priest Sentore.