Category: Warmongering

The twisted religion of Blair and Bush

Secular Britain was shocked last weekend when Prime Minister Tony Blair said that God would be his judge over the war in Iraq. Similarly, President George W. Bush has often used God to justify the war on terror as a religiously blessed and righteous campaign against “evil doers.” Predictably, those who oppose the war view themselves as secular progressives untainted by religious fundamentalism and the madness it produces. Unfortunately for liberals, the origins of Bush’s and Blair’s religious convictions lie not within Christianity but rather within the history of Western modernization and, most important, within contemporary liberalism itself. Religious fundamentalism

U.N.: UK spying ‘illegal’ if true

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) — The United Nations said alleged British spying on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s office, if true, is illegal and must stop immediately. U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said Thursday the world agency “would be disappointed” if claims that British spies listened in on Annan’s conversations turned out to be true. Commenting on allegations by former British Cabinet minister Clare Short, Eckhard said such actions would be “illegal” under international conventions. “We would be disappointed if this were true,” Eckhard said. “Such activities would undermine the integrity and confidential nature of diplomatic exchanges. “Those who speak to the secretary-general are

Tutu attacks ‘immoral’ Iraq war

Former archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu says the “immoral” war in Iraq has left the world a much more unsafe place. Desmond Tutu urged US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to admit they had made a mistake. The archbishop also demanded to know whether it had been right to attack Iraq in defiance of international law. Archbishop Tutu’s severest criticism of the war yet came in a lecture to the Prison Reform Trust in London. Most critical Desmond Tutu has made several critical comments about the Iraq war and its

War in Iraq a crime, says Vatican

AFP, Mar. 18, 2003 http://www.news.com.au/ From correspondents in Vatican City Military intervention against Iraq would be a crime against peace demanding vengeance before God, the head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has said. “War is a crime against peace which cries for vengeance before God,” said Archbishop Renato Raffaele Martino, speaking on Vatican Radio. He stressed the deeply unjust and immoral nature of war, saying it was condemned by God because civilians were the worst sufferers. U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONSInformation about U.S. human rights violations and related issues is included in this web log for the

The Scottish preacher whose wartime writings inspire Bush’s faith

Times Online (England), Mar. 4, 2003 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5470-599162,00.html From Tim Reid in Washington When President Bush awakes each day in the pre-dawn darkness, even before bringing his wife a cup of coffee he reads a daily devotional written by a First World War Scottish preacher. As war in Iraq looms, the attention of observers is turning to the evangelical writings of Oswald Chambers, who brought the Gospel to Australian and New Zealand troops in 1917 and who now fills Mr Bush with the conviction that an Iraqi war would simply be a battle between good and evil. Mr Bush, who rediscovered

Religious Leaders Urge Bush to Avoid War

AP, Nov. 30, 2002 http://www.ptd.net/ Saturday, 30-Nov-2002 6:09PM   Story from AP CHICAGO (AP) — In an unprecedented show of unity, Chicago’s top Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have drafted a joint letter urging President Bush to avoid war with Iraq. It is the first public statement on any national issue by the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago since the group was founded in 1984. The letter was to be released Sunday at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James. An advance copy obtained by the Chicago Tribune read, in part: “In the present situation, conditions justifying war have not been