(First published May, 2007)
The New York Review of Books recently gave some exposure to Bush and his “faith-based” initiatives in a New York Review of Books article by Garry Wills titled: “A Country Ruled by Faith”
Mr Wills writes “The right-wing in America likes to think that the United States government was, at its inception, highly religious, specifically highly Christian, and even more specifically highly biblical. That was not true of that government or any later government—until 2000, when the fiction of the past became the reality of the present. George W. Bush told various evangelical groups that he felt God had called him to run for president in 2000: ‘I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.’”
By 2007, Christian Fundamentalists and neo-conservatives had over six years to make sure the governmental bureaucracy of the United States heeded “the call” and it attempted a Christian “revival” whose impact will be difficult for any successor to dismantle lest he (or she) be accused of being anti-religious (Christian that is…)
The United States is in Iraq, Afghanistan and nearly everywhere else and foreign policy has gone wrong because of these people and their “incursions” and “regime changes.” They do not believe in the separation of state and religion, they believe the United States is a “fundamentally” Christian nation and should purge itself of those who would believe otherwise.
The “war on terror” is really a disguised “war on Islam” and Muslims around the world are aware of the lack of distinction between the two. Is it any wonder “they” hate the United States so much?
Fred Reed wrote about this in 2010 when he said “We are telling 1.3 billion Moslems that America is not fighting Al Qaeda, or the Taliban, or Terror. No. It is Islam itself we hate. How very wise. This will make it so much easier to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those security forces that GIs are supposed to be training—the ones with the AKs—they will know that their trainers are their enemies. Curiously, this is just what bin Laden tells them.”
Edward R. Murrow told us in his direct and courageous manner:
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
Citizens of the United States need look no farther than within themselves to see why their country has become so universally disliked and feared.
As Murrow said “The fault dear Brutus lies not in the stars…but in ourselves.“