Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Freedom

[quote=Bush]I based a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true. 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. I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other. And I know that the best way to defeat the enemy, the best way to defeat their ability to exploit hopelessness and despair is to give people a chance to live in a free society. [/quote]

Full speech [URL=http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/04/20060424-2.html]here[/URL]

I'm going to ignore one easy target: Bush is giving Iraqis a chance to be free, but he doesn't have people like Maher Arar in mind. For now, I'll also ignore the low hanging fruit that the last thing the US wants in Iraq is a democracy (so they can elect a theocrat), and that we must act to prevent that from occuring.

Instead, I'd just like to focus attention on Bush's theology. He says what he means. He bases foreign policy on his Christian notions of truth and he expects that reality will follow.

Some time ago I said that Bush's foreign policy is essentially religious: it is faith based and in no way contingent on reality (reality of Iraqi-911 ties, WMD in Iraq, sects within Iraq, questions of quagmires). Some people thought there was no evidence for this and doubted the case I was making. Well, here you go. Here is a man who bases the foreign policies of man's greatest nations on his notions of what his god thinks. And he has so little shame, so much arrogance, that he says exactly this.

No amount of bloodshed and death and destruction could ever convince him otherwise. No number of Coulberts could make him see his errors. The only thing that might help would be god himself in the white house living room. And then Bush would see her as a false god, clearly.

As an American, I hold my own liberty dear. But I'm not so arrogant as to take what I myself hold dear and make that into a universal constant. For that to occur, you've got to impose your values literally upon the fabric of the universe. And for that to occur, you've lost your sense of causal direction.

Because the universe has other ideas, as Iraq ought to be teaching us, as the Congo ought to have taught us.

The freedom of Iraqis is a moot point and always has been. What happens when the theocrats attain "a chance to live in a free society"? Well, Jihad is their word for it.

1 Comments:

Blogger marybishop said...

The Almighty is Bush's imaginary friend. Bush can advance his agenda by invoking the name of god and who'd dare to criticize this pious man? Who'd dare to say that democracy isn't always the right or only way to live.

Having a snakeskin cowboy boot jam christianity down everyone's throat is making me gag on a daily basis.

How many more days does he have in office?

WV orbnuke and that's what's going to happen to us if we allow his faith based politics to continue.

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