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.”