Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Breaking NEWS: BUSH'S WAR & THE bible

Hot-off-the-press: Rumsfeld used Bible verses to help keep G.W. Bush in the Iraq War:

ON THE MORNING OF Thursday, April 10, 2003, Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon prepared a top-secret briefing for George W. Bush. This document, known as the Worldwide Intelligence Update, was a daily digest of critical military intelligence so classified that it circulated among only a handful of Pentagon leaders and the president.... On this particular morning, it showed the statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down in Firdos Square, a grateful Iraqi child kissing an American soldier, and jubilant crowds thronging the streets of newly liberated Baghdad. And above these images, and just below the headline SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, was a quote that may have raised some eyebrows. It came from the Bible, from the book of Psalms: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him…To deliver their soul from death.”

This mixing of Crusades-like messaging with war imagery, which until now has not been revealed, had become routine. On March 31, a U.S. tank roared through the desert beneath a quote from Ephesians: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” On April 7, Saddam Hussein struck a dictatorial pose, under this passage from the First Epistle of Peter: “It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” (To see these and more Bush-administration intelligence cover sheets, visit GQ.com’s exclusive slideshow)."
Other verses Rummie used:

Their arrows are sharp,
all their bows are strung;
their horses' hoofs seem like flint,
their chariot wheels like a whirlwind. Isaiah 5:28

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (shown with pics of tanks and a war plane)

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Psalms 33: 16-19

All this comes from some very cool investigative journalism by the Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ). Go HERE for the rest of the article.

BTW, if you're ready to hear more about how Jehovah is first and foremost a war god, read Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future.
a big thnx to Josef Meixner for the suit of armor; go HERE to see more of his work.

1 comment:

Beth Owl's Daughter said...

Oh, well, I guess I should not be surprised, but .. gack! Disgusting and so, so dangerous.

Thanks for sharing it.
- Beth Owl's Daughter