Bush Sees Self as Executor of Divine Will?

October 8th, 2005 4:37 PM

The BBC is planning to run a series proving that Christianity has turned Bush into a deranged lunatic, according to one story written by Rupert Cornwell for The Independent.

"In the programme Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, which starts on Monday, the former Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath says Mr Bush told him and Mahmoud Abbas, former prime minister and now Palestinian President: '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.'"

Also according to the story,

"From the outset [Bush] has couched the 'global war on terror' in quasi-religious terms, as a struggle between good and evil. Al-Qa'ida terrorists are routinely described as evil-doers. For Mr Bush, the invasion of Iraq has always been part of the struggle against terrorism, and he appears to see himself as the executor of the divine will."

I had a hard time discerning whether this was supposed to be an opinion piece or a legitimate news article, but given that it's under the "News" tab instead of the "Commentary" tab, I'm assuming it's supposed to be news.

Evidently, there is no such thing as good and evil in this war. If someone does deign to calling terrorists "evil-doers," then it makes them quasi-religious. Is that an admission that to liberal atheists, there is no such thing as evil? That would explain a lot.

It's interesting that the BBC is using the word of Palestine's former foreign minister to indict the president of the United States. It's good to know they aren't scrounging for critics in any nation too biased against America.

The official BBC press release announcing the miniseries can be found here. The American media should love this one; all they'll need to do is quote from the series, report that Bush "appears to see himself as the executor of the divine will," and call it news.