"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds." ~ Isaiah Berlin
The Democratic Crusade
We must make the world safe for democracy. After all, we know what is best for, not only ourselves, but what is best for the rest of the world, too. And in this age of Islamic terrorism, we must install democracy firmly in the countries of the Muslim Middle East. We must conquer Iraq, Syria, and Iran for our holy cause of democracy!
This is similar to the thought process that brought about the crusades of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Encyclopedia states, ' The Crusades were expeditions undertaken, in fulfilment of a solemn vow, to deliver the Holy Places from Mohammedan tyranny.'
US President George W. Bush must have made a vow to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and to Israel's lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to conquer and transform the Middle East, Israel's neighborhood, into an Israeli friendly and subservient area for Israel's benefit. Being a God-fearing, Bible believing man, George knows he's doing the 'right thing' by starting wars to spread democracy and to secure Israel. He may be aware that a vow is something you can only make with God, but since George reads in his Bible that the Jews are God's 'chosen people' (Deut. 7:6), it's the next best thing.
The raw arrogance of the US government in deciding what type of government is best for other people is utterly disgusting. And to force that change upon them through the barrel of a gun demonstrates just how bankrupt democracy really is, and how desperate Bush is to keep the support of AIPAC.
Democracy, I believe, is something that only works in theory. As we can see from the experience of our own US government, if real democracy exists at all, it's quickly deformed into a plutocracy. A plutocracy, as we currently suffer under in the US. Perhaps, that's why America's founders did not mention democracy in the US Constitution. In the US Constitution, only 'Republican' is mentioned. Article IV, Section 4 states that, 'The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of government . . .'
The dictionary defines plutocracy as 'government by the wealthy.' That is exactly what we have in America, even though we call it a democracy. Due to the incredible influence of AIPAC, our plutocracy can rightfully be called a kosher plutocracy. Politicians must have their Middle East outlooks stamped with approval by AIPAC, just as food items must have the rabbi's stamp of approval before they can be accepted as kosher. As retiring Senator Hollings said on the floor of the US Senate regarding AIPAC, 'You can't have an Israel policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here.'
George Bush believes the Bible to be God's word. He's a born-againer who found the Lord and was 'saved' through evangelist Arthur Blessit. (Sounds like a stage name to me!)
In A Man of Faith - The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush, by David Aikman, it's stated on page 170 that one way Bush has expressed his faith is, 'His opening a new front in what was now being dubbed the 'Bush Doctrine' of American foreign policy, namely, determined efforts to push the Arab Muslim Middle East toward democracy.'
The democratic crusade couldn't have a better front man than George W. Bush. Not only does he start wars with religious zeal in order to bring the Muslim world in line with Bush's democratic ideal, but like all good religious fanatics, he consulted God when he decided to start the Iraqi war.
Egging Bush on are the Christian fanatics who believe by using the US and the 820+ dead Americans to help Israel take over its neighbors while it expands to Biblical proportions, they are ushering in the second coming of Jesus. By their interpretation of the Book of Revelations, Israel's borders must be restored to what they were in the time of Solomon and that Solomon's temple must be rebuilt.
I prefer Thomas Jefferson's take on the Book of Revelations taken from Charles B. Sanford's book The Religious Life of Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson described the Book of Revelations as ". . . merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams."
Since both parties have sold out to the religious charlatans and AIPAC, there's not much people can do to stop the unreasonableness of the government's deadly policy. However, we can try to inform others about what is going on. Especially, we can make young people who are draft age aware of the government's total lack of concern for them and their families. A lack of concern that allows the politicians to actually sacrifice their lives for superstition and key political backing.