From a JTA story on a Jewish interest group meeting with Bush comes this:
“There was a common refrain of the importance
of values and how values are the most valuable antidote” to despotism,
Sandler said. Bush said that despite declarations of piety
from Muslim radicals now fighting the United States, he doubted that
they believed in God.
“ ‘Terrorists can’t be God-believing people,’ ” Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, quoted Bush as saying.
An indirect quote, yes. But still a thought provoking one. Was this just another incompetent stream of blathering or does this man mean what he says (if that ever in fact happens….)??
Our country’s leadership is firm enough in its beliefs to kill people, so why can’t Islamic radicals feel the same way? This seems like just one more way to de-humanize the enemy, those faceless ‘terrorists’ are now also godless which sure makes it easier for the Bible Belt buffet-eating QVC shopping masses feel GREAT about sending off our youth to kill them (and be killed by them).
Way to completely not address the real issues. Let’s just keep on generalizing and blowing things up – maybe that will somehow magically start working.
This kind of ignorant-speak is sure reminiscent of other wartime propaganda. I don’t dig. I just don’t dig. As Hilzoy says, Can we all admit that it’s not enough for a would-be President to be someone we’d like to have a beer with? Please? (Not that I’m asking to crack open a Heineken with W., seriously)