A Tool Of God?

(Excerpt from http://www.rawstory.com)

BBC will report Bush told Palestinian leaders that God told him to end tyranny in Iraq

President George W. Bush allegedly told Palestinian ministers that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq – and create a Palestinian State, the BBC will report in a program slotted to run Oct. 17, RAW STORY can reveal.

The BBC errantly posted a press release link on their website early, revealing the documentary‘s contents.

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

Foreign Minister Shaath declares: “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.'”

Prime Minister Mazen 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 Bill Clinton’s peace talks in 1999/2000 to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last August. It was produced by Norma Percy, who produced The 50 Years War, along with producers Mark Anderson and Dan Edge.

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


Death Cab For Cutie

I’ve been listening to Death Cab all week after seeing their amazing show at the Commodore this past Tuesday. There isn’t anything I can say about these guys other than Wow. Brilliant and poignant lyrics and simple melodies built upon less than simple timeframes (at least on the older material) and a voice that brings it all together. If you haven’t checked them out yet, download/buy/steal their new album Plans. Brilliant.

Here’s one of my favorite tracks written out… Painful, heartbreaking, yet insightful.

What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
And it came to me then
That every plan is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409

And I rationed my breathes as I said to myself
That I’d already taken too much today
As each descending peak of the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

But I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose
Than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

‘Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round
And everyone will lift their heads
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said…
“Love is watching someone die”

So who’s going to watch you die?

Well, This is Hardly a Surprise…

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