Thursday, October 06, 2005

God told me to

Or as Bad Religion put it "The Voice of God is Government." Both the Guardian and the Independent and many other leading papers around the world have front page stories today, based on an upcoming BBC documentary, about how the voices in his head ordered Bush to invade Iraq. Not much in the American press on this though. From the account in the Independent:
    President George Bush has claimed God told him to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden's stronghold of Afghanistan as part of a divine mission to bring peace to the Middle East, security for Israel, and a state for the Palestinians.

    The President made the assertion during his first meeting with Palestinian leaders in June 2003, according to a BBC series which will be broadcast this month...

    In the programme Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, which starts on Monday, the former Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath says Mr Bush told him and Mahmoud Abbas, former prime minister and now Palestinian President: "I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George go and end the tyranny in Iraq,' and I did."

    ...The same sense of mission permeated his speech at the National Endowment of Democracy yesterday. Its main news was Mr Bush's claim that Western security services had thwarted 10 planned attacks by al-Qa'ida since 11 September 2001, three of them against mainland US.

    More striking though was his unrelenting portrayal of radical Islam as a global menace, which only the forces of freedom [sic] - led by the US - could repel. It was delivered at a moment when Mr Bush's domestic approval ratings are at their lowest ebb, in large part because of the war in Iraq, in which 1,950 US troops have died, with no end in sight.
So whatever will god tell him to do next? Invade Iran perhaps?

UPDATE 10/7: Bush's minions are whining that Bush never said this or that god was misquoted or something like that, so the BBC has started to distance itself from the documentary.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney redefines "last throes." He meant decades.


At 10/06/2005 10:10 PM, Blogger zeliphias said...

i think this scars christianity personally.


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