August 19, 2009

Perhaps Bush's Invasion of Iraq Really Was a Crusade

In the aftermath of 9/11 and during the build-up and early stages of former President Bush's unprovoked war against Iraq, virtually every political pundit asked the same question of countless interviewees: "Why do they [terrorists] hate us?" Bush himself and many administration spokespeople had a consistent answer to this question, as did many of those interviewed on various news programs:
They hate us because of our freedom.
The statement had a certain self-promoting appeal. Obviously, these terrorists hated us because they were jealous of our freedom or our very way of life.

As it became clear that the post-invasion period in Iraq was not going well, the question became even more common. A variety of experts on the Middle East were brought out to answer the question. But despite the answers, the question remained in everyone's mind.

Now there is evidence that persons throughout the Middle East may have had many other reasons to hate our government. It appears that former President Bush may have invaded Iraq without provocation in order to fulfill biblical prophecies. It seems that his use of the word "crusade" was not accidental. As if that wasn't bad enough, some of those representing the U.S. in Iraq (i.e., Blackwater) are Christian extremists, determined to kill or convert Muslims.

And by the way, some of these crusaders are continuing to receive large sums of money from the Obama administration.