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Thursday, June 26, 2003
 
God is in the Details

Speaking to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, George W. Bush said
God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.

There seem to be some interesting twists to his theology. The possible explanations of his appending to the two things that "God" had told him to do, something he had himself determined to do are 1) that he believes that anything he is determined to do is the will of "God," 2) that he thinks Abbas is a mindless religious fanatic who can be persuaded of anything, so long as "God" is invoked. Also, it is right if the will of "God" is suspended in favor of preparation for elections to positions of earthly might.

Why do we bother with having federal employees, sinners all, attempting to influence policy when we have the one true Implement of the Almighty for our President? Won't they only stir up the mud of corruption and obscure the Will of the Creator as revealed to the prophet Dubya?

If Abbas (or Sharon) chooses not to help him, won't "God" bear some of the responsibility? Why would He tell W to do something and then make it impossible for it to be accomplished? "God" would never play both sides of an issue, would He?

Or does the will of "God" only go so far as to create good intentions? It's not as though Bush managed to actually get rid of al Qaeda or Saddam, and it's not likely he's going to be able to get any actual peace in the Middle East. Maybe that's all "God" figures Georgie's good for.

Maybe "God" will even give George some hopeful platitudes to say about the millions of dead, injured, starving, and tortured people in the Congo and elsewhere. That is, before he returns his attention to milking his rich contributors for hundreds of millions of dollars so he can smear reputations and utterly degrade the dignity of truth itself en route to another four years of empty rhetoric and naked aggression.