Radical Islam is fighting a religious war, they say, to defend Islam. Now it has been much reported that Bush believes in Jesus and God talks to him and told him to invade Iraq. Indeed he originally called the War of Terror a 'Crusade' until his PR people told him that was a bad word for it. Then you have god nutters like Lt.Gen. William G. Boykin who thinks God appointed Bush;
"You must recognize that we as Americans saw a miracle unfold with the election of George W. Bush...Whether you voted for him or not is irrelevant. The fact is he is there today, not only to lead America, but to lead the world, and that is what he is doing..."
Leading us to where? God's Bush plan seems to involve a lot of killing. (Perhaps God had invested in BAE Systems?)
Now the US military and State seems to be riddled with nutters like Boykin who are intent on bringing Jesus into the fray. You can see the chilling video of it here. It is also hypocritical as serving soldiers are not supposed to use their position to endorse other positions, for example serving marines who attended an anti-war rally in uniform have been prosecuted;
A report released publicly on Thursday by the Defense Department's (DOD) inspector general has found high-ranking Army and Air Force personnel violated long-standing military regulations when they participated in a promotional video for an evangelical Christian organization while in uniform and on active duty....Over the past few years, the military has set its sights on prosecuting Iraq war veterans who have completed active duty, soured on the war and participated in antiwar protests while wearing their uniforms. Recently, the US Marine Corps prosecuted Cpl. Adam Kokesh and Marine Sgt. Liam Madden, both of whom were photographed marching in an antiwar protest while wearing their uniforms in what the Marine Corps says was a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Military prosecutors vigorously sought to have both men dishonorably discharged. However, it appears unlikely the military will apply the same standard to the Air Force and Army officers who the inspector general said violated the same code of conduct Kokesh and Madden were found to have broken, according to the disciplinary recommendations of the report.
As if that was not enough - now we have Operation Straight Up (OSU);
"We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region," OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. "We'll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq."...But behind OSU's anodyne promises of wholesome fun for military families, the organization promotes an apocalyptic brand of evangelical Christianity to active duty US soldiers serving in Muslim-dominated regions of the Middle East. Displayed prominently on the "What We Believe" section of OSU's website is a passage from the Book of Revelations (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15) that has become the bedrock of the Christian right's End Times theology: "The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
And they are going to give US troops a free computer game! Cool!
OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. ...The Left Behind videogame is a real-time strategy game that makes players commanders of a virtual evangelical army in a post-apocalyptic landscape that looks strikingly like New York City after 9/11. With tanks, helicopters and a fearsome arsenal of automatic weapons at their disposal, Left Behind players wage a violent war against United Nations-like peacekeepers who, according to LaHaye's interpretation of Revelation, represent the armies of the Antichrist. Each time a Left Behind player kills a UN soldier, their virtual character exclaims, "Praise the Lord!" To win the game, players must kill or convert all the non-believers left behind after the rapture.
(Still, one cool thing about the game is that players also have the option of reversing roles and commanding the forces of the Antichrist.)
So Bliar and his accomplices in the media and political elite have not only got us into an unwinable genocidal war, but some of our 'allies' think they are fighting a crusade and believe the end of the world is nigh. And they have nukes.
If global warming does not get us, the insane Christians will.