BBC: Bush said God told him to invade Iraq
Updated: 2005-10-07 16:17
US President George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and
Afghanistan, a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details.
US President George
W. Bush cups his ear as reporters in the distance shout to him as he
leaves St. John's Episcopal Church in Washintgon, DC, in 2003. Bush
allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, a new BBC
documentary will reveal, according to details.
Bush was said to make the claim when he met Palestinian leader Mahmud
Abbas and then foreign minister Nabil Shaath in June 2003, the ministers told
the documentary series to be broadcast in Britain later this month.
The US leader also reported told them he had been ordered by God to create a
Palestinian state, the ministers said.
Shaath, now the Palestinian information minister, said: " 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'," said Shaath.
The White House has denied Bush made such a claim. "That's absurd. He's never
made such comments," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Thursday.
Abbas, who was also at the meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh,
recalled how the president told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation.
"So I will get you a Palestinian state."
A BBC spokesman said the content of the programme had been put to the White
House but it had refused to comment on a private conversation.
The three-part series, "Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs", charts the
attempts to bring peace to the Middle East, from former US president Bill
Clinton's peace talks in 1999-2000 to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip.
The programme speaks to presidents and prime ministers, their generals and
ministers, about what happened behind closed doors as the peace talks failed and
the intifada grew.
The series is due to be screened in Britain on October 10, 17 and