March 06, 2003

An American Ayatollah The stream

An American Ayatollah

The stream of hyperbolic stories with Dubya cast as religious nut continues unabated. The latest has him nearing Khomeini levels of religious fanatacism--and in the stately, Bostonian pages of the Atlantic!

Not much new here, but here's the money graf: "In the State of the Union address, Bush applied the lesson of his life to the country: "We Americans have faith in ourselves—but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life, and all of history." History, though, is a theatre of evil—and any God of history would be fiend, answerable for millennia of slaughtered children. But what if God has been holding his piece, waiting for the right man and the right nation and the right moment to act for Him and cleanse history of Evil? If this is what Bush believes, if his talk of Armageddon is not just catnip for the religious right, then he is in a fair way to becoming the American Ayatollah."

I already analyzed that line of the SOTU below in a March 4th entry titled "Bush and Religion." Needless to say, my interpretation is quite different from the one above. Let's all sober up for a second. Ayatollah Khomeini, to take the latest example of whom Dubya is being compared to (believe me, the typical subtext in this line of argument is that he is just as bad as UBL), swept into power on the heels of a radical Islamic revolution that, twenty years past its period of most radical Jacobean fervor, still pursues an academic with death penalty edicts for daring to query why solely clerics had the right to interpret Islamic tenets. And this is well into the Thermidor period!

Next time Dubya tries to impose the death penalty on someone for daring to suggest differing interpretations of Crawford, TX baptist tenets shoot me a line.

Posted by Gregory at March 6, 2003 10:37 PM
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