Friday, October 07, 2005

God Bless America('s Wars)

According to Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath in a forthcoming BBC documentary about the peace process in the Middle East, George Bush told Shaath and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that God talked to him and told him to go to war. "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," Shaath quoted the president as saying.

If that sounds familiar, it may be because you are reminded of what Bush told Bob Woodward in 2004: "I'm surely not going to justify war based upon God. Understand that." Or is that totally the opposite? My mistake.

The White House is now in the delicate position of having to deny a story that makes Bush look like a schizophrenic nutjob to many people, but plays directly to the religious fundamentalists who form his base and find nothing weird at all about chats with the Almighty.

(A BBC News story about Scott McClellan calling the Palestinian minister's comments "absurd" is running under the unintentionally hilarious headline, "White House denies Bush God claim." Something tells me that whatever our dear leader said, he didn't take it quite that far.)

If these stories turn out to be true and President Bush truly does receive military advice from the father of his favorite political philosopher, then I have a question for God: How come whenever You get chatty, people end up dead? Rather than telling someone to invade a foreign country (or two) or kill their demon-possessed next-door neighbor, couldn't You have a word with the guys on the other side? Maybe a conversation with Saddam about how he should stop killing people would have been in order. And Osama says he knows You. How about having a word with him?
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