bush the new (moderate) crusader!

7 October, 2005 at 4:13 pm 3 comments

Did you catch Bush's latest "state of the union" address on the war against terror? I'm still depressed about it! Here is a man who sees the presence of American and British troops in Iraq as an obvious good. He inveighed against radical islamic terrorists and their jaundiced view of the world, their war against humanity, their hubris (look it up, George – it's a particular kind of sin, which caused the fall of Lucifer in the story) and their wicked, amoral and determined war against humanity.

Now let's be clear. What bin Laden and his ilk do is godless and inexcusable. Absolutely. But it is understandable! Or at least, partially. And what Bush will not have is that he and his policies are part cause of it. He gives them the reason, the excuse and the mandate. He talks of the terrorists' war on democracy and on people who enjoy liberty. And he's blissfully, sublimely and culpably unaware of the affront that American aggression gives! He clearly hasn't stopped to ask himself how the good ol' American people who (didn't actually) elect him (first time round) would react if there were Iraqi soldiers on the streets of New York and other cities and towns. And if they claimed to be there for the good of humanity, does he honestly suppose that irate Americans would say, "Oh! Silly us! That's ok, then!"?

The trouble is, I think he actually does think that! But what really gets me is that he dresses it mall up in terms of a Christian crusade. It's as extreme, fundamentalist and deadly a crusade as any waged by militant islamists. And it's got a lot of power and money behind it. For God's sake (literally) will someone make him realise it hasn't got God's blessing????

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lucy  |  9 October, 2005 at 6:43 am

    Where/how does an ordinary person start?

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  • 2. Nick  |  14 October, 2005 at 7:07 pm

    For evil to triumph it is enough that ordinary people do nothing. We can start by talking to our American friends & arguing the case with them; we can start by writing to newspapers (your local rag will publish); we can start by posting in the blogosphere; we can start by convincing our friends who are in the services or ex-services; we can start by arguing with our MPs and any politicians spineless enough to go along with Blair; we can start by persuading friends in the Labour Party that it’s time they resigned; we can start by building relations with British Muslims & convince them that we are not all racial & religious stereotypes . . . I could go on . . .

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  • 3. Wol  |  15 October, 2005 at 1:57 pm

    Many thanks for the post, nick. It’s helpful and important!–>

    Reply

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