I just share so much in common with your president Bush! See, I don't read. Bush is probably better informed than I because I have no fancy schmancy white house staff to pablum feed me what they've read.
So that's probably why it's taken me 6 months or so to finish A Terrible Love of War by James Hillman. It examines man's seemingly endless obsession with war. His last chapter entitled "Religion is War" talks of the role of religion as a source for war.
While he describes the relationship between the major religions of the world and war, he focuses primarily on Christianity in the U.S. because, as Hillman opines, "There is much to fear! First, the sheer numbers of believers among the population; second, the literalism of their belief, and, third, the impregnable innocence of belief, as if the commitment to the doctrine of love prevents awareness of the facts of war and the terrible truth of a militant monotheistic psychology enacted by Christian civilization."
As I mentioned before, there's an insouciance among our current leadership at the tragedies suffered by victims of war. Even the great number of deaths and horrendous suffering endured in a natural disaster such as Katrina is salve on the wounds of the victims when our Oil Tanker Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, soothes them by assuring, "It's all right, don't you see, it's okay, this means that Jesus is on his way!"
(I can just hear Mr. Rodgers singing, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood"!)
And, as I also alluded to previously, if in our reckless, devil-may-care bully foreign policy, a preemptive strike on some nation turns out to be a gross miscalculation by the religious fanatics who lead your government and results in thermonuclear war which fries your momma and your children, well...that's okay! That's just the fulfillment of biblical Armageddon.
If that bothers you, try not to let it, because it's the doctrine our leaders believe in and feel compelled to try to bring about. We "elected" 'em and we continue to allow them free reign because they haven't done anything outrageous like stain a blue dress. So, fuck your momma, spouse and kids if they go down in a holocaust. Take heart in knowing that if an apocalyptic event is successfully triggered by the neocons in control, you will not have died for nothing, you will have fried for their loving god!
Oh Jesus! Seems I've gotten sidetracked from my original intent, to wit: In that last chapter of his book, Hillman quotes an excerpt from a Mark Twain poem that he did not want published until after his death. Perhaps, as the author suggests, Twain didn't want to upset those Christian lambs with whom he was friends?
Here it is, a part of Twain's "long narrative poem on the relation between lamb-like religion and the wrath of war."
O Lord our God,
to tear their soldiers
to bloody shreds
with our shells;
to cover their smiling fields
with the pale forms
of their patriotic dead;
to drown the thunder
of the guns
with the shrieks
of their wounded
writhing in pain;
to lay waste
their humble homes
with a hurricane of fire; ....
Nice, huh? Very nice.
God bless America!