Monday, December 05, 2005

God sure has it in for us

Seymour Hersch has a disturbing piece in this week's New Yorker on where the U.S. may be headed in Iraq and what kind of decisions may be likely in the relatively near future. And you're quite lucky that the article is accessible on the rather comically named securingamerica.com. Well, big thanks to them--it's definitely worth a read.

Completely baffling as always is George Bush's take on things. Hersh writes,

Current and former military and intelligence officials have told me that the President remains convinced that it is his personal mission to bring democracy to Iraq, and that he is impervious to political pressure, even from fellow-Republicans. They also say that he disparages any information that conflicts with his view of how the war is proceeding.

Bush's closest advisers have long been aware of the religious nature of his policy commitments. In recent interviews, one former senior official, who served in Bush's first term, spoke extensively about the connection between the President's religious faith and his view of the war in Iraq. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the former official said, he was told that Bush felt that "God put me here" to deal with the war on terror. The President's belief was fortified by the Republican sweep in the 2002 congressional elections; Bush saw the victory as a purposeful message from God that "he's the man," the former official said. Publicly, Bush depicted his reelection as a referendum on the war; privately, he spoke of it as another manifestation of divine purpose.

All I can say is, "Hey, God, think you could maybe help us out a little here?"

1 Comments:

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Faraz Rabbani said...

"Or did you suppose you should enter Paradise without there had come upon you the like of those who passed away before you? They were afflicted by misery and hardship and were so convulsed, that the Messenger and those who believed with him said, 'When comes God's help?' Ah, but surely God's help is nigh." [Qur'an, 2.214]

 

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