New York Times reports that Tony Blair feels he was guided by God in making a decision to send troups to the middle east.
“That decision has to be taken and has to be lived with,” he said, according to the ITV transcript, “and in the end there is a judgment that — well, I think if you have faith about these things, then you realize that judgment is made by other people.”
Asked to explain what he meant, he replied, “If you believe in God, it’s made by God as well.”
“This is not just a matter of a policy here or a thing there, but of their lives and in some case their death,” he said. “The only way you can take a decision like that is to try to do the right thing, according to your conscience, and for the rest of it you leave it to the judgment that history will make.”
Blair, apparently, seems to have got this business idea from Bush. Not to mention that his buddy Bush Jr. does believe “I am the man sent by God”
Bush’s closest advisers have long been aware of the religious nature of his policy commitments. In recent interviews, one former senior official, who served in Bush’s first term, spoke extensively about the connection between the President’s religious faith and his view of the war in Iraq. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the former official said, he was told that Bush felt that “God put me here” to deal with the war on terror. The President’s belief was fortified by the Republican sweep in the 2002 congressional elections; Bush saw the victory as a purposeful message from God that “he’s the man,” the former official said. Publicly, Bush depicted his reëlection as a referendum on the war; privately, he spoke of it as another manifestation of divine purpose.
The New Yorker reported sometime back.
This is the problem, if you believe that you have divine purpose, you do not need to qualify through elections and referundums. You simply do as you believe you are told.
I am not surprised that this sells very well in America. But I still have hope on a secular Britain. Let us see how the country takes it.