Another Bush loss in propaganda war

I just burst out laughing when I read the article by Mr Jonathan Eyal with the abovementioned title in The Straits Times.

“Go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan… go and end the tyranny in Iraq… go and get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security” were the direct orders from the Almighty which Mr Bush supposedly recited to his Palestinian guests.

And I thought this was priceless:

“World media rushed to speculate if the US leader genuinely had a divine revelation or had simply taken leave of his senses.”

What senses? How can you even speculate whether he had received direct orders from God? Even the average Muslim or Christian would be doubtful if anyone receives the word of God in this age and era for any rhyme or reason whatsoever, especially one so specific and so relevant to the current geopolitical situation today.

Even Bush himself is guilty of using religion as a political tool to justify his cause. The irony of it all.

“All evidence suggests that when Mr Bush made a reference to God’s will in his talks with Palestinian leaders, he did not claim he had spoken personally to the Almighty, but merely that he drew inspiration from his faith.”

Even though I am a devout Muslim, I sincerely believe that religion has no place in politics no matter what, except in codifying that everyone is free to believe whatever he chooses to without fear of discrimination or reprisal.

“The US President was a “lunatic” who “should have been arrested straight away and taken to an asylum for treatment”, one mass-circulation Middle-Eastern newspaper recommended.”



7 Responses to Another Bush loss in propaganda war

  1. ~fatma says:

    heh when i read the article when bush talked abt such “divine words from God” i cudnt help but roll my eyes..

  2. jen says:

    haha one of my friends had a minor internal explosion last week when he read that!

    you both are kinda similar, i mean in the whole ‘political blog’ sense.

  3. Libertas says:

    Hahaha.. I read your friend’s blog! Quite cool! Is he a freshman like you? I was very interested in his entry about the “misconception” of racism in America today. I found that it had several echoes to the Malay dilemma today, that has been very very subtle and literally unheard of, except the racist seditious bloggers silenced by the government.

  4. jen says:

    yeah he is a freshman too. that is interesting, so you think the problem in singpore is more of a class problem than a race one, per se?

    but i don’t know how much i agree with the class not race argument either. i mean i know that people tend to perceive blacks/malays/indians as poorer in both these societies, but are they discriminated against because of the lack of material resources? i mean, majority races tend to assume by default that a minority race person is not well-to-do, but there must be more to it.

    anyway, that last phrase of yours made it sound like you don’t fully approve of the govt silencing the bloggers – don’t you?

  5. Libertas says:

    The marginalisation of the Malay community cannot be justified purely in class or in racial terms. However, to use the cultural deficit thesis (ie, Malays are culturally inferior in terms of modern socio-economic development) to justify our relatively slow pace of development would be entirely myopic and ultimatelty racist because there are structural reasons which entrench these differences even more.

    I’m not sure about indians but the system of meritocracy sometimes acts as a limiting factor which prevents the overall improvement of the Malay position. To believe equality of opportunity for all under such is a system would be utterly naive simply because we were never on an equal footing and never will be.

    I don’t fully approve of the government simply because of the methods in which they employed, using the strong arm of the law to condem these seditious bloggers. That is not to say I condone their acts either. Read the entry entitled “The Banality of Sedition” to see what I mean.

  6. jen says:

    “To believe equality of opportunity for all under such is a system would be utterly naive simply because we were never on an equal footing and never will be.”

    oh i completely agree. that’s why my group did out pw on Affirmative Action and whether we could use it in sg. and this was our main argument.

  7. Libertas says:

    Wow! I never realised that meritocracy was such a shitty policy until I read Dr Lily Zubaidah rahim’s book on Singaporean Malay Marginality in the middle of this year. Its very hard to fault the PAP’s mantra that everyone should succeed based on their capabilities under our open capitalist system.

    I don’t think I would agree with Affirmative action if its purely based on short term help for the minorities. From what I know, it does not adress the issue of structural inequalities both in employment as well as standrad of living. How did you foresee such a policy being applied in Singapore? Btw, out of curiosity, what did you get for PW? hehehe.. 😀

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