Now here’s a story that scares the bejesus out of me and hopefully you. This roots of this story date back to June 2003 when a top-level meeting between Bush and the Palestinians took place. Nabil Shaath, who was the Palestinian foreign minister at the time, recalls this:
President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God.
Shaath continues by recalling the following words as spoken by President Bush:
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.
The Whitehouse denied the reports as absurd, but Shaath remains firm that Bush did indeed speak them. Furthermore, Shaath said he was actually encouraged by President Bush’s comments. You can read more of what was spoken at the meeting here.
Fast forward to October 2006 and once again God is commanding the direction of the United States. However this time he’s not speaking to President Bush, but Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the following with respects to Rumsfeld:
He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country.
This appears to be a frightening trend that I find absolutely shocking. We have the most powerful people in the world claiming that their actions are guided by God. Think about that for a minute. Many people in the world, including Muslims, criticize Islamic extremists for justifying their actions as those of God. Yet, here we have the US elite using God as justification for invading Iraq and Afghanistan.
While most sane people in the world saw 911 as reason to invade Afghanistan to ouster the Taliban, many remain utterly confused as to why the US invaded Iraq. After all, Iraq had no ties to Al-Qaeda, nor any weapons of mass destruction. In addition, by invading Iraq, the US has upset the natural balance of power in the Middle East affording Iran an opportunity to become the sole power, and a nuclear one at that. Now add to the mix a civil war and countless civilian casualties and we have a real mess.
Is this what God wanted?