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    It was God wot made me do it

    by Sunny on 7th October, 2005 at 5:10 pm    

    The Guardian and Indy lead today with the news that President Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq. Well, tell us something new guys, really.

    He made the statement to a group of Palestinian politicians four months after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.”

    No one can accuse the Palestinians of making it up because the Israeli newspaper Haaretz broke the story then. Bush also told the Palestinians that he had a “moral and religious obligation” to get them a state. No timeline was specified though, so expect this part of the promise to drag onto 2050.

    Bush’s office quite predictably denies the claims. “He’s never made such comments,” according to his spokesman Scott McClellan. Hang-on, not the same guy who kept denying Karl Rove had anything to do with the CIA agent outing?

    Simon Barrow from Faith in Society isn’t too happy with the usage of God’s name in vain either.

    I might add, by way of a footnote, that while GW is convinced that God told him to oust Saddam Hussein, God apparently made no mention to him or his president-father that there was anything wrong with arming the dictator to the teeth in the first place. Presumably this is because the Almighty, ever-concurrent with GOP policy swings, was at that stage more worried about Iran.

    Funny that eh, God and the Bush family think alike? For the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, he continues to look at how Christian leaders have tried to stop Bush using God’s name in vain.

    At the heart of Christianity is Jesus’ call on his followers to be peacemakers. Outside the counsel of fanatics, there are few who believe this readily translates into divine enthusiasm for policies based on bombing and killing. Even the pragmatic ‘just war’ tradition is about limiting not sanctioning conflict.

    As an ending sidenote, blogger Scott Burgess isn’t too happy that his most hated publications have run with the story, and is happy to swallow the White House’s dismissal. It might have something to do with this upcoming BBC series that made it a newsworthy story. But who cares about such niggly details when there is an axe to grind?

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    1. leon — on 7th October, 2005 at 5:13 pm  

      A dangerous combination: stupidity and power.

    2. leon — on 7th October, 2005 at 5:23 pm  

      Anyone see the Guardian report about the BBC being put off running the story?


    3. Sunny — on 7th October, 2005 at 6:03 pm  

      Heh, the BBC got scared.

    4. Rohin — on 7th October, 2005 at 9:24 pm  

      Just wanted to say that the picture used by the Indy was superb, it was a pic of Georgie making a speech with a dark background, but the photographer had used a spot to create a lens flare, which creates a glowing aura around Bush’s head.

      C’mon guys, face it. HE IS THE MESSIAH!

    5. Benoit Couture — on 7th October, 2005 at 9:39 pm  

      For whatever it is worth, here is how I wrote to the man in March of this year:

      George W. Bush has had to win some personal battles in the inner man’s war, in order to be made ready for President. Let us please, dear Canadians, bring on our unity to rise up to rescue Mr. George Bush, his followers and the US Presidency. Let’s be the alternative to set them free from the blind agitation of military intelligence! Let us reach the victory of maturity, to take our place as the offering from a people of God, so that we overcome the historical
      temptation of worldly Christian might. ”Mr. Bush, you now stand on
      the threshold of the crossroad, where in the one direction, you will go on helping America and the market economy to fuel the fire of mortal appetites in the bush of the great prostitute, or, in the other direction, you can stand before God until He ignites you into His Presence by His Word and brings you to experience the New Covenant’s burning bush. There, His Spirit enables His children to know Him, His will and His instructions for any questions we might have. By such stand of His people, Yahweigh (or any name by which you relate to Life-Force) gets to demonstrate His victory lane! Americans and the entire world population need to follow the lead driven by the powerful Spirit of love and of wisdom, to show us how to overcome evil from the inner justice He gives, with the peace He
      grows from within each one and by His joy to strengthen us in our
      journey. The alpha and omega of decision making reside there. No human can love his enemy, bless those who curse them, to do good to those who hate them nor to pray for those who mistreat and persecute them, except for the individuals who live by the life you claim to live by, and for that, the Lord of Life of Justice and of Peace does not need our weapons, but rather, our obedience. The image you try to project to the world from the start of your Presidency, Mr. Bush, is one opportunity granted like never before by the Creator to you and to the entire Christianity on Earth, to bow to the Spirit of all prophecies…the testimony of Jesus-Christ amongst His creation!!! May God give the man you are, to grow into the janitor He and we need, to clean up the vision of America’s Presidency, in view of the global freedom of individual liberty…amen!

      If interested to view the rest of this letter to Mr. Bush, click on my name.

    6. Steve M — on 8th October, 2005 at 10:03 am  

      This is an account of the story that’s worth reading:
      Damian Penny’s blog

      Here is the line that the BBC is now running:
      Bush God comments ‘not literal’

      (Did I get it right this time?)

    7. Don — on 8th October, 2005 at 11:20 pm  

      I wish it were true, but it’s a non-story. That’s why they are backing off.

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