Bush: God told me to invade Iraq
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Not all that unusual, religious folks assert-
ing some almighty being or beings has
told them to do something or has suppos-
edly led them to do something. Bin Laden
has done it. Many bible and quran and
vedas writers have done it. Many writers
of other so-called religious documents
have done it. Many church leaders have
done it. Many religious followers have
done it. Bush has done it.

At the end of this post is another example
of the GW Bush, Jr. version of God, this
version supposedly influencing (or telling)
Bush to invade countries. Saddam Hus-
sein mentioned God, too, as being behind
his invasion of Kuwait. We all know the
Bin Laden story, with God claimed to have
inspired his jihad against the West.

The God Show, an endless parade of con-
tradictory claims, and no God to show for
all the trouble ...

By the way, 'word up' is that God is simply
an imaginary be-all end-all entity folks use
to try to cover-up their insecurity regarding
all matters outside of human knowledge
and experience, a throwback to a day and
age when knowledge of our natural world
was sparse.

Claiming God told one to do something
simply demonstrates that some humans
will say or believe anything about a sup-
posed almighty being -if- it acts to support
whatever actions they embark upon or what-
ever activity they choose to disdain.

God? Simply look in the mirror, and there's
your God, all in your head, if you're a so-
called 'believer'. It's true whether it's Bush
looking in the mirror, or Bin Laden looking
in the mirror, or any other believer in a sup-
posed influential ultimate supernatural be-
ing or beings that is looking in the mirror.

Those who look in the mirror and see a
reflection of an evolved ape, a naturalistic
result of billions of years of activity in this
particular space-time continuum, those
who disbelieve in the entire panoply of
supernatural myths, for many of us God
is simply a tool used by believers and
supposed believers for whatever they
wish, the ultimate power trip, the ultimate

Published: 07 October 2005

President 'revealed reasons for war
in private meeting'

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington


President George Bush has claimed
he was told by God to invade Iraq and
attack Osama bin Laden's stronghold
of Afghanistan as part of a divine mis-
sion to bring peace to the Middle East,
security for Israel, and a state for the

The President made the assertion
during his first meeting with Palestin-
ian leaders in June 2003, according
to a BBC series which will be broad-
cast this month.

The revelation comes after Mr Bush
launched an impassioned attack yes-
terday in Washington on Islamic mili-
tants, likening their ideology to that
of Communism, and accusing them
of seeking to "enslave whole nations"
and set up a radical Islamic empire
"that spans from Spain to Indonesia".

In the program 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."

And "now again", Mr Bush is quoted
as telling the two, "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."

Mr Abbas remembers how the US
President told him he had a "moral
and religious obligation" to act. The
White House has refused to comment
on what it terms a private conversation.
But the BBC account is anything but
implausible, given how throughout
his presidency Mr Bush, a born-again
Christian, has never hidden the im-
portance of his faith.


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