Thursday, October 06, 2005

Consider the source

"BBC report: Bush says God told him to invade" is the Yahoo! front page headline.
Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq, Afghanistan: BBC

LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details.

Bush made the claim when he met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and then foreign minister Nabil Shaath in June 2003, the ministers told the documentary series to be broadcast in Britain later this month.

The US leader also told them he had been ordered by God to create a Palestinian state, the ministers said.

Shaath, now the Palestinian information minister, said: "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'," said Shaath.

Abbas, who was also at the meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, recalled how the president told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation.

"So I will get you a Palestinian state."

A BBC spokesman said the content of the programme had been put to the White House but it had refused to comment on a private conversation.

The three-part series, "Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs", charts the attempts to bring peace to the Middle East, from former US president Bill Clinton's peace talks in 1999-2000 to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip.

The programme speaks to presidents and prime ministers, their generals and ministers, about what happened behind closed doors as the peace talks failed and the intifada grew.

The series is due to be screened in Britain on October 10, 17 and 24.
I grow more and more dismayed with President Bush, for reasons ranging from federal spending (even before Katrina) to his views on what the military can be used for. This, however, is a bit far-fetched, and consider the source. I would never trust Abbas or others of the current Palestinian leadership.

Abbas is a Holocaust denier, writing a book to that effect. He considers Arafat -- an undeniable terrorist who, if there is a God, is rotting in hell alongside Khomeini -- a "martyr." Abbas has accused Israel of not being committed to the cease-fire, when he has done nothing of substance to reign in Palestinian terrorists (including gunmen who sneak into Israeli settlements to murder entire families). Abbas has, in fact, directly refused to disarm them. And for all his protestations of wanting "peace," Abbas has the ultimate goal of taking Jerusalem as the Palestinian state's capital. Not a divided capital, but one only for Palestinians.

So you all will forgive me if I treat this claim of "Bush said God told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq" with a bit of skepticism.

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