Papal Infallibility and Paddy Ashdown

In a sentimental piece about Ashdown leaving Bosnia soon, the Guardian describes him as having “assumed an authority which has been compared to that of a medieval pope.” It is important to emphasize the word ‘medieval’, as the concept of Papal Infallibility was only introduced in 1870.
Telling is when Ashdown notes that his biggest failure was the fact that “is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.” He made a similar remarked at a recent conference on the 10 year anniversary of Dayton in Geneva. I guess that as long as outsiders try to ‘create’ a civil society in Bosnia or elsewhere, we’re in trouble.

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