Well, my thanks go out to Frank "The Tank" Skowronski for sending me a link to the following article which was both interesting and a little disturbing:
Apparently President Bush has been telling foreign leaders (including the Palestinian prime minister and his foreign relations minister) that he has been carrying out missions from God. Apparently God told George to invade Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and God is now asking W. to help try to secure peace in the Middle East. Bush went on to tell the prime minister that he (i.e., Bush) had a moral and religious obligation to help the Palestinians to secure a state.
Aside from the fact that these beliefs put Bush on the same level of operational planning as The Blues Brothers, these statements are alarming in that they reveal a motivation for action on Bush's part which neither requires logic or justification nor which leaves room for question, debate, or reasonable doubt (assuming that Bush actually made these statements). A person who believes that they are receiving their daily agenda from God is not going to question those instructions or let anyone else question them either, for that matter. Also vaguely troubling is the fact that if Bush truly believes that God is speaking directly to him, our president may be a raving lunatic who's suffering delusions of grandeur. Of course, all of this stuff may really only be problematic if these instructions aren't really from God. God wouldn't do us wrong, would he? This raises the interesting question of why in the world God would want to talk to George. Can we really trust God to advise the president? God hasn't been through a single confirmation hearing, and his record in advising political leaders thus far has been spotty at best (I mean, he had that whole Crusades thing, the Northern American and European witch hunts, the Spanish Inquisition, the subjugation of numerous "pagan" indigenous peoples, etc., etc.- and let's not forget the fact that God seems to enjoy playing both sides of the fence. There are quite a few Muslims in Iraq right now who swear that God told them to build IEDs in order to blow up American convoys.) Or maybe the voice whispering in Bush's ear isn't God at all. My understanding is that God has an ex-employee who loves to meddle in situations which could potentially turn violent, and this guy seems to love using overly ambitious and foolish humans as his tools (see Faust, Anton LeVey, AC/DC, Colin Powell).
Anyway, thanks to Frank for the article.
Jim "Dizzy" Gillespie has also forwarded an article about how Bush wants to use the military to institute martial law and enforce a quarantine if the bird flu makes it to the U.S.
You gotta wonder why God doesn't just help to cure the flu instead of using George Bush to round up all of the people who contract it so that they can be locked away. George Bush and God. When those two kids get together, there's no telling what kind of shennanigans they're going to get into!