Friday, October 07, 2005

BBC Spreads An Anti-American Libel

Yesterday, the BBC came out with the following story about George Bush:

President George W Bush told Palestinian ministers that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq - and create a Palestinian State, a new BBC series reveals.

In Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, a major three-part series on BBC TWO (at 9.00pm on Monday 10, Monday 17 and Monday 24 October), Abu Mazen, Palestinian Prime Minister, and Nabil Shaath, his Foreign Minister, describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003.

Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"

Abu Mazen was at the same meeting and recounts how President Bush told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state."

The series charts the attempts to bring peace to the Middle East, from President Bill Clinton's peace talks in 1999/2000 to Israel's withdrawal from Gaza last August.

Norma Percy, series producer of The 50 Years War (1998) returns, with producers Mark Anderson and Dan Edge, to tell the inside story of another seven years of crisis.

Presidents and Prime Ministers, their generals and ministers tell what happened behind closed doors as peace talks failed and the intifada exploded.

Two things about this story:

1) It is a pile of steaming, corn-laden feces,


2) It's an old story. I mean old.

Here's a post from CUANAS, circa December 28, 2004:

Haaretz International Slanders George Bush

From Haaretz International:

Abbas said that at Aqaba, Bush promised to speak with Sharon about the siege on Arafat. He said nobody can speak to or pressure Sharon except the Americans. According to Abbas, immediately thereafter Bush said:

"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."

Why would Haaretz International publish such a ludicrous statement from Mahmoud Abbas without any qualification? This is incendiary. George Bush has never said anything of the like. And yet, in much of the world, people believe that he does go around saying things like this all the time.

If he were to have said anything like this, he would not have been elected President of the United States. End of story. Now, I understand, though, why people think we Americans are such fanatics. It's because foreign papers, including papers in Israel are, apparently, willing to print slanderous statements about the President we elected.

Yes, and here we are again. A foreign paper spreading this slanderous story about the American President. This is an anti-American libel. It is akin to racist hatred.

The truth is, George Bush has been criticized for his faith since he first ran for President, but never once has he ever used his interpretation of the Bible to justify any policy. The only time he has ever come close to doing so is when he states that the longing for Freedom beats in the breast of every human being. However, since that's pretty much what our Declaration of Independence is all about, it's kind of hard to criticize him for that.

The interesting thing about this is that Mahmoud Abbas probably thought this story about Bush would play well with the American people. After all, he reads the world's media. He thinks that the way we think. I'm sure he believes we're a nation of fanatics, just like his people. But, we're not.

And one final thing, why would the BBC choose to believe anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Abbas over the leader of the free world?

Well, Mahmoud Abbas told me it's because the BBC told him that they are rooting for the Islamic Jihadis to push the Israelis into the sea. Yes, that's right. That's what Mahmoud told me.