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George Bush: Doing God's Work?

Friday, 28 April 2006 12:00 AM

Unfortunately for Americans, George W. Bush believes he is on a mission from God to "free" the world using his own definition of "free."

For this to work, human nature would have to be changed, as well as tribal and familial history, and the memories of nations and groups that war with each other.

George W. Bush is taking on a job where angels fear to tread. Perhaps he has forgotten the input of Moses, Jesus Christ, prophets, saints, great teachers, philosophers, superb ideologies, wars and turmoil, peace and freedom. All of these have barely made a dent in our bad behavior.

Bush does not seem able to grasp that mankind only seems to "evolve" or progress for short periods of time under the right conditions.

Dubya's attempt to "free" the world from tyranny, tradition, stupidity or habit was revealed, once again, in a speech he gave to assembled Republicans in Irvine, California. As the story goes, Bush explained, in unusually stark terms, how his belief in God influences his foreign policy. "I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true," he said. "One, I believe there's an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody's soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free."

He went onto say: "I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other."

Dubya has an odd take on "democracy" if he believes it is a magic bullet that prevents wars. Many countries have "democracy" but even the Western "democracies" have gone to war with one another.

When Hitler rose to power he did it through elections and "democracy." The Weimar Republic had many elections, a constitution, a parliamentary system, women's rights, voting, civic virtue, and participation.

Nevertheless, the process of "democracy" still brought the Third Reich and along with it chaos, havoc and Holocaust to the entire world. Someone should tell George, the German people elected Adolph and in so doing chose the horrific system he brought with him.

Obviously Bush has forgotten or ignores the fact that Western "democracies" were finally brought together, more or less, in a series of very costly wars: World War I, II, the Cold War and some few dust ups in between.

Meanwhile, the democratic French warred in Indochina against nationalists and communists. They did so, not as "democracies" but to keep their "empire" together.

The British tried to hang onto "empire" in Palestine, India and Africa. In all cases, many soldiers and civilians died as "democracies" attempted to impose their brand of civilization on others.

It didn't work then and it won't work now.

I almost forgot there were also U.S. wars with Mexico, Cuba, and the Philippines 1898-1918; "democracies" have had one kind of "war" or another going on for all kinds of reasons. Wars can be economic as well as shooting wars and that is something President George W. Bush forgets in relations with China and Mexico.

The interactions between the "democracies" of the West do work on occasion because they share a common Western canon including ideas about the worth of the individual and the place of the state in human existence.

While modern Japan has a form of constitutional democracy, Japan had to be bombed into submission to join what amounts to a Western style system. Once again, there is absolutely nothing magic about "democracy" not getting involved in wars with one another.

Democracy, by the way, is also not the Second Coming because it too is imperfect.

As Bush seeks to impose "democracy" or "regime change" on the world, American taxpayers continue to spend trillions in foreign aid and Pax Americana military actions bankrupting ourselves and our children.

Are there limits to this activity in numbers of acceptable deaths or treasure spent on changing the world according to one's master plan? Can peace and stability really be imposed? Can freedom be "given" or does it have to be sought by those who live where it is lacking? Again, what is "freedom" to an Amazonian native or a woman living in Saudi Arabia?

Who are we to define it for them?

Personally, I think Bush takes a great deal on himself to decide for mankind what "free" means. Worse yet for all of us is that George W. Bush will impose his version of "free" and "stable" on mankind, perhaps militarily. Frankly, Bush's mindset shows a total lack of understanding of history or human nature.

Never mind being presumptuous in his stubborn notion that George W. Bush has hacked into the mind of God! Besides, hasn't he forgotten there something in the Gospels where Jesus mentions His kingdom is not of this world? He also adds that trusting men or putting your faith in men is dare I say it - blasphemy?

If he keeps on as he is, George W. Bush is going to end his time in office with a worse legacy than Jimmy Carter or William Jefferson Clinton. He needs to stop listening to the corporate-collective elite whose advice is leading him and this nation to hell in a rickety bucket.

In addition the advice given by Dick Cheney, one of the founders of the gosh-awful Project for a New American Century has been destructive both for Bush and for this nation.

Other disastrous advice came from neoconservative elite State Department types such as Richard Haas, Douglas Feith, Richard Armitage and Paul Wolfowitz. According to a Newsmax report, General Tommy Franks stated last year that Douglas Feith, among the architects of the Iraq War, was one of the "dumbest b.....ds" he ever met.

Almost to a man and woman, these are former leftists who currently refer to themselves as "conservatives." Sadly for him and for us, Bush accepts the advice of megalomaniacs and neocons such as William Kristol, (Project for a New American Century - PNAC, Weekly Standard and Fox News), Michael Ledeen, as well as members of infamous think tanks and bad actors: The American Enterprise Institute - AEI, CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), denizens of the Iron Triangle, The Wall Street Journal editorial board, and some well heeled attendees at weekend retreats where the elite meet to "plan" our future.

Just once in his remaining time in office, I would love to see George W. Bush be president of the United States rather than president of the world.

It would be admirable if he would stop telling us he knows the mind of God. Somehow that seems presumptuous particularly in areas of politics, economics and culture.

The Benedictine nuns used to tell us such an assumption or notion was to say the least --- s used to term that arrogant and proud. The latter being one of the Seven Deadly Sins.


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