February 09, 2003

W's Religious War Per the

W's Religious War Per the Guardian

The noxious relativism equating Bush's attempt to hold Saddam to Resolution 1441 as stemming from a religious worldview (ie, W is just as bad as Osama) continues untrampled in the pages of the European left of center press.

The most offensive paragraph: "No, Bush and Blair do not pray together, as Jeremy Paxman [editor note: Paxman is a BBC presenter who queried Blair about whether he and W prayed together in clownish fashion] discovered. This crude question seemed, understandably, to infuriate Blair. Even so, God is, I believe, the coalescing agent of this war, the unifying bond between a Prime Minister guided by religious certitude and a President in thrall to bible and gun. The countdown, presented as a play-off between Hobbes, an advocate of superpower rule, and Kant, the patron of the nation state, is presided over by a higher force."

Not to be left out of this growing theme of W as dangerous religious figure (that I addressed on January 27th, see archives), the New York Times has a week in review piece that, while much more sober than the outlandish language above, will doubtless provide ammunition to leftist Europeans fearful of a U.S. president "in thrall to bible and gun".

Yes, as the NYT argues, Bush injects religious themes into his speeches. I'd be a bit more comfortable if he did so less frequently--especially with regard to foreign policy--given that considerable swaths of the Islamic world believe he may be on the cusp of a new crusade. But Bush would never be planning to attack Saddam's regime were it not for his lack of disclosure/disarmament regarding banned weapons materials. Where the religious radicalism in this cogent stance?

No, this is really about the increasing imbecility percolating in certain European quarters that equates W to Osama by portraying both men as religious zealots. Convenient and cute--but, tragically, the European people (well, those in Germany and the like) will someday hold their leaders to account for their irresponsibility in not confronting the real threat of the 21st Century. That is the intersection of rogue regimes and transnational terror groups--not an alleged gun and bible-toting U.S. President.

Posted by Gregory at February 9, 2003 10:55 AM
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