The symbolism in this is too overwhelming to be merely ironic...
The Pope gave an address condemning the recent violence in Kiev, and at the end of his remarks released a pair of "peace doves" with the help of a couple of kids. The white doves had barely left a window in a Vatican church when they were both attacked by other birds.
Isn't this how pleas for peace are met in the real world? We worked out an agreement with Syria in hopes that it would end the violence and avoid another war in the region, and half the country went crazy demanding military intervention.
In fact, just about everyone who's ever made "peace on earth" their life's theme has seen things end badly. Some "peace doves" are attacked by meaner birds, others are nailed to crosses, or shot in the street outside of their brownstone apartments.
Ever get the feeling we're all watching and waiting for our own personal cosmic finger-flick?
Like we're all one screw-up away from angering the Hooey Gods?