Romi and Paras Getting Friendly With Each Other
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the discrimination and violence Catholics suffer in the Mideast and said he hopes relations between the local churches and authorities can improve.The full text of the letter can be found here, where it starts like this:
The Vatican released the text of a letter Benedict wrote Ahmadinejad after receiving a letter from the Iranian leader last month. Ahmadinejad had thanked the pontiff for opposing a Florida pastor's threat to burn the Quran on the Sept. 11 anniversary.
In his letter, dated Nov. 3 but released only Thursday, Benedict noted that a recent meeting of Mideast bishops had decried the discrimination many Catholics face in the region. He said he hoped a bilateral commission would help address the legal status of the Catholic Church in Iran.
To His Excellency Mahmoud AhmadinejadThe spiritual arm of Romi is getting friendlier with Paras, while the physical arm of Romi is still mostly at odds with it. This makes for an interesting scenario in the future. See Yoma 10a.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
I am writing to acknowledge the courteous words of greeting and the reflections that Your Excellency kindly sent me by the good offices of His Excellency Mr Hojjat ol Eslam Haj Sayyed Mohammed Reza Mir Tajjadini, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Perhaps, when the gemara brings down the 2 opinions of Romi falling in the hands of Paras and Paras falling in the hands of Romi, they are really not arguing. Perhaps, Romi falling in the hands of Paras refers to the spiritual battle as we see the Islamization of Europe and the Pope kowtowing to an evil man. And Paras falling in the hands of Romi refers to the physical battle that always seems to be on the horizon.
Alternatively, Romi falling into the hands of Paras refers to Europe, whereas Paras falling into the hands of Romi refers to America, where Islam is having issues.
Note how the Tosefot Ri"d and Mahara"l include Yishma'el in "Paras" here. (See this post.)
I noticed that Abravanel wants to say that the two opinions can both be true, but in a slightly different fashion. He says that Paras, which could mean Turkey (see also this post), will capture Italy, while Romi will then take revenge in the land of Paras.
Anyways, as I hinted to, it's possible that Romi's spiritual arm getting friendly with what we know as Paras (Iran) might be a catalyst - not a hindrance - to the Geula.