Thursday, October 06, 2005
The President as Pope
Nabil Shaath (the Palestinian foreign Minister) says: "President Bush said to all of us: '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. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"
Way to go George! You've just reinforced the worst impression of Americans as religious crusaders widely held throughout the Muslim world. After this, unfortunately, they may actually have a point.
The notion that God commanded President Bush to get involved with the current situation we see in Iraq is just inconvievable. I don't doubt the President honestly believes this, but to me this simply points out the great danger of installing religious zealots into office. Doesn't it make sense that once God had held forth with the President that invading Iraq was a swell idea, that God would also guide him in the very simple matter of post war governance? Having heard the Lord, did President Bush ignore the guidance to, say for example, place guards on the ammunition dumps scattered about the countryside rather than just let them be looted by the populace? Or to send in troops that had proper body armor and up armored vehicles?
I think President Bush's God is a very vengeful God. He causes the deaths of hundred of thousands who would still be living based upon falsehoods. He ignores basic tenets that were taught by his son and our savior Jesus Christ. It is hard to imagine Jesus holding the position that "pre-emptive" (read unprovoked) war is justified. There is no doubt in my mind that were Jesus to run for President in these times the Republican machine would grind him into the dust, calling him weak on terrorism and twisting his words to make him sound like an unpatriotic criminal. I can see the attack ads now. A solemn, low toned and slightly breathless voice intones "Jesus was found guilty of sedition against his government... and now he wants to be President?"
The conduct of this administration has run counter to the teachings of their professed lord and savior at nearly every turn. To think that President Bush is out there proclaiming he is getting guidance from God is truly frightening. We can only pray that George doesn't wake up some night in a cold sweat with a revelation that God wants him to nuke Iran. Which country, by the way, is currently being run by a bunch of religious fanatics that also believe they have a direct line to God.
Which brings up another interesting point. Mankind throughout history has been plagued by leaders who war in the name of God. Surely not every war fought on religious grounds or with the supposed blessing of God has been justified. The fact is that Osama Bin Laden also claims a holy seal of approval. All this killing in the name of God, I believe, does not speak well of the various dogmas promulgating the suffering and death.
I will include a disclaimer in closing. Neither I nor you, nor George can truly understand God. We are just humans hopefully doing our best to get along in a way that would please him. Knowing this, I can not claim to understand his workings and manifestations. Based on this belief, my reaction to this article may be entirely baseless. I am after all not claiming to be under the guidance of God while I'm sitting at this keyboard and hoping this article will be included in the bible as inspired by God. But if my reading of the situation is right, God help us.
P.S. In fairness, Check this Whitehouse denial which was updated sometime after I 1st posted this.
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