Vietnam: The VC believe in re-incarnation, Joe doesn’t. Who has more to lose?
Iraq: The fundamentalists believe in martyrdom providing bliss, Joe doesn’t. Who has more to lose?
To this, I ask, should we not be a bit worried about an apocalyptic evangelical leading war in the mid-east and trying to force God’s timetable (apparently God doesn’t believe in setting timetables, like the Pentagon, evidently)?
With these questions rattling around in my head, Arianna Huffington wrote the following piece:
It came during the Q & A session following his speech on Iraq. The first question came from a woman who asked: “[Author Kevin Phillips] makes the point that members of your administration have reached out to prophetic Christians who see the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the apocalypse. Do you believe this, that the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the apocalypse? And if not, why not?”
The president was clearly taken aback. He reacted as if he’d just seen a burning bush – or had just been asked a really hard math question.
First he hemmed. Then he hawed. Then he hemmed some more.
“Um… uh… I… The answer is, I haven’t really thought of it that way,” he finally spit out. “Here’s how I think of it. The first I’ve heard of that, by the way. I guess I’m more of a practical fellow.” He then abruptly Left Behind the question at hand and went off on a long, standard-issue answer about 9/11 and fighting terrorists over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.
I mean, come on. The man is a born again, evangelical Christian whose favorite political philosopher is Jesus, has let it be know that God speaks to – and through – him, believes “in a divine plan that supercedes all human plans”… and he wants us to buy that he’s never even heard of, let alone thought about the biblical implications of terrorism in relation to the apocalypse?