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George Bush: 'God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq'

President told Palestinians God also talked to him about Middle East peace
 Ewen MacAskill
  •   The Guardian,
      Friday 7 October 2005            


George Bush believes he is on a mission from God, according to the politician Nabil Shaath. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

     George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he
launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior
Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later
this month.

Mr Bush revealed the extent of his religious fervour when
he met a Palestinian delegation during the israeli-Palestinian summit at
the Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led
invasion of Iraq in 2003.

One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who

was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush said
to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me,
'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And
then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I


Mr Bush went on: "And now, again, I feel God's words coming
to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the israelis their
security, and get peace in the Middle East'. And, by God, I'm gonna do


Mr Bush, who became a born-again Christian at 40, is one of
the most overtly religious leaders to occupy the White House, a fact
which brings him much support in middle America.

Soon after, the israeli daily newspaper Haaretz carried a Palestinian transcript of the
meeting, containing a version of Mr Bush's remarks. But the Palestinian
delegation was reluctant publicly to acknowledge its authenticity.

The BBC persuaded Mr Shaath to go on the record for the first time for a
three-part series on israeli-Palestinian diplomacy: Elusive Peace, which
begins on Monday.


Religion also surfaced as an issue when Mr Bush
and Tony Blair were reported to have prayed together in 2002 at his
ranch at Crawford, Texas - the summit at which the invasion of Iraq was
agreed in principle. Mr Blair has consistently refused to admit or deny
the claim.


Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian prime minister, who was
also part of the delegation at Sharm el-Sheikh, told the BBC programme
that Mr Bush had said: "I have a moral and religious obligation. I must
get you a Palestinian state. And I will."

Mr Shaath's comments came as Mr Bush delivered a speech yesterday aimed at bolstering US support for the Iraq war.

He revealed that the US and its partners had disrupted at least 10 serious
al-Qaida plots since September 11, including three planned attacks in
the US. "Because of this steady progress, the enemy is wounded - but the
enemy is still capable of global operations," he said. He added that
Islamic radicals had used a series of excuses to justify their attacks,
from conflict with the israelis to the Crusades 1,000 years ago.

"We're facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world," he said.


He conceded that al-Qaida, led in Iraq by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and other
insurgents had gained ground in Iraq but the US would not leave until
security had been established. "Some observers also claim that America
would be better off by cutting our losses and leaving Iraq now. This is a
dangerous illusion, refuted with a simple question: Would the United
States and other free nations be more safe, or less safe, with Zarqawi
and Bin Laden in control of Iraq, its people, and its resources?" Mr
Bush asked.



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""We're facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world," he said."

surely he was talking about PNAC and neo-conservatism here?

what do people think?

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The US invaded Iraq because we had a moron for President , and enough morons in Congress to  let him do it .  That being said , is not approval for what Saddam was doing , he was responsible during his regime for hundreds of thousands Shia ,Kurds etc .

 However I am beginning to think that eventually Iraq would come down to the same as it had when it went to  war with Iran .  But with or without Saddam and with or without a US invasion , the Iraqi people themselves will stand or fall , in their fight for freedom .

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