Who made a mess of American economy, put Middle East into such a condition that hundreds of killings take place every day without respite, made thousands of body bags come home year after year, described killing of thousands of Innocent civilians – men women and children – as mere collateral damage, “gutted American civil liberties, and turned USA into a hateful nation of spies, torturers, bigots, and colonialists occupying someone else’s country” and caused more unnecessary destruction all over Iraq but could not catch Osama Bin Laden in eight years, caused the rebirth of Islamic terrorism in the hated name of Islamic State, allied with every dictator on earth (including Osama bin Laden’s safe-keeper, Pervez Musharaff)? George W. Bush Jr.
He claimed more than once that he got instructions from God. To Nadil Shah, 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 did.”
God obviously told him that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Understandably Tony Balir, too, got that message – if not from God, from Bush, his messenger. Bush’s God turned out to be a liar, international inspection reports were right, but, according to Iraq Body Count project, actual Iraqi dead bodies found were “174,000 Iraqis reported killed between 2003 and 2013, with between 112,000-123,000 of those killed being civilian noncombatants – meaning civilians – men, women, children and infants. Another study reports that over 500,000 died and a larger number injured..Bush’s war on terror cost 6717 American lives, with 50,895 injured. God, in the meanwhile, was too pre-occupied to tell Bush where Musharraf was hiding Osama Bin Laden – so most of those lives were lost in waste. The Navy seals found him out and eliminated the man under Obama with no apparent instruction from God. (Remember? Obama has a Muslim-sounding middle name, which no Christian god of Bush or his Republican cronies can stomach).
Bush’s faith in his God has not diminished although his own party is ashamed to take his name. A couple of days before this writing, he explained why Obama is not effective. He said, ““to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,You gotta kill em.” God’s words, straight from the Old Testament.
1 Samuel 15 (New International Version)
- 1 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ”
George Bush is somewhat less blessed and received fewer messages than a man who was called back to God’s Heaven some fifty six years before he (Bush) became president. In his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922, Adolf Hitler said:
“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice....” **
Yes, Adolf Hitler considered himself a savior like Jesus Christ. Jesus was his idol for fighting the Jews. That Jesus, all his twelve disciples and early Christians for at least for the next fifty years were Jews did not matter to Hitler.
Apologists say Pope Pius secretly helped many Jews escape and gave them temporary shelter and this could well be true. However, the Pope did not raise his voice against the genocide – if he did, Catholics who formed at least 33% of German population would have been hesitant to support the massive slaughter. “Most members of the Nazi Party were Christians. Composed mostly by members of the Lutheran Evangelical tradition, members of the apostate Nazi-inspired Positive Christianity sect and some of the Catholic faith tradition respectively.” However loudly the Christian apologists might claim that Hitler was an atheist, Hitler himself had said he was a God-fearing Christian, often quoted his “Saviour” and desired the unification of ” two different confessions” to be unified into one. He claimed he was “acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator and to have been chosen by providence“** , just as George Bush was. It is another matter than some of Hitler’s partners in crime, such as Goebbels, who were atheists, claimed that Hitler was atheist.
Idi Main took a fancy to a young Indian woman he saw at an Asian function and wanted to marry her for his fifth wife. On the night her father snubbed the presidential proposal, “God spoke to me (Amin)in the night and told me that they (all Asians) had to leave as they were responsible for exploiting the indigenous citizens of the country’!! Indians and the other Asians (including the family that snubbed him) were expelled. After the traders of the world departed, Ugandan economy went to a nose dive. Amin got kicked out a few years later (without any claim of word from God), the regimes that followed requested the Indians to come back. Few did.
“I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill – the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams,“ said Abu Bakr Shekau, current leader of Boko Haram. Apparently he also has orders to kidnap young girls and to rape them, enslave them or to kill them at pleasure. “Slavery is compulsory in Shariah Law,” was ordained by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, descendant of the Prophet, whom Shekau follows.
Of Course, all Islamic countries rule by the law that was relayed by by God through his Prophet – and by Hadith and Sunnah, both of which arise from the afterthoughts that are supposed to have arisen in the mind of the Prophet and confidentially told to some of his earlier followers. Punishment by beheading, crucifixion and stoning are hence done on direct orders of the Lord himself. Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, which is simply trying to establish a Caliphate under the latest descendant of the Prophet,
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his men have gently and and methodically sliced the throats of hundreds of men and women whlle taking the name of Allah and religiously and gleefully display the videoshoots of the execution of God’s law are doing it on the orders of God. Baghdadi, who claims to be a descendent of Muhammad’s tribe and hence the right person to be the next Caliph which, claim alone made the King of Saudi Arabia, whose Wahabi Islam Baghdadi promotes, has gone against him, along with other Sunni Countries in the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey while Shia-dominated Iran alone is ideologically against him. Baghdadi, however, is supported by Allah when he calls for a Jihad. He said in a recorded speech intended for all faithfuls:
“O you who have believed, what is [the matter] with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah, you adhere heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a [very] little. If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. And Allah is over all things competent} [At-Tawbah: 38-39″
The vexatious question on my mind is whether the Crazy Caliph’s Allah’s words or the words of George Bush’s God will emerge victorious.
**. Hitler, Adolf (1999). Mein Kampf. Ralph Mannheim, ed., New York: Mariner Books, pp. 65, 119, 152, 161, 214, 375, 383, 403, 436, 562, 565, 622, 632–633