Friday, October 07, 2005
The BBC is set to allege in a documentary that Bush claimed, in discussion with a Palestinian delegation, that God himself spoke to him, and told him to invade both Afghanistan and Iraq - and to secure a Palestinian state. As the Independent notes, such a claim is hardly implausible given what is known about Bush's religiosity; if it is true, however, it is terrifying. What resonance will such claims of a "Holy War" find in even the most moderate Muslim communities? And what chance does international law have of providing any constraint if the world's most powerful man genuinely and fervently believes himself to be on conversational terms with the Almighty?