The God of War
by Alexander Shelby
4 May 2004
"I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I
sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know
it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it."
-- Bush to Texan evangelist James Robinson
"But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you
as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive. You
shall annihilate them..."
-- Deuteronomy 20:16
Americans believe their nation is a country without equals. They think of
themselves as the new chosen people who go about the world spreading light
and subduing evil. Anyone who is not an American ally is considered an
enemy; anyone not following the American "celestial light" is a blasphemer;
anyone not a friend, a foe. Ronald Reagan once called the United States "a
shining city upon a hill" (In fact, the Puritan John Winthrop, in 1630,
first referred to America as such). America was often called the "New
Israel" or the "Promised Land" by Puritan settlers. According to the Bible
and Talmud, Israel is a nation without equals. The Talmud teaches that Jews
are the only humans in the universe, so since other nations were (are)
subhuman, anything done to them by Jews (America) was (is) seen as the boon
of the divine hand. If your people are ruined, you deserve it; if your land
is occupied, God willed it; if your race is eradicated, it is your fault
because your ancestors chose to settle on Jewish (American) land - the Bible
is full of atrocities and holocausts committed by Jews against other
In 1788, the American "patriot/preacher" Samuel Langdon said, "We cannot but
acknowledge that God hath graciously patronized our cause and taken us under
his special care, as he did his ancient covenant people," and after the
destruction of an Indian village by George Washington, Ezra Stiles, Pastor
of the Second Continental Congress, called Washington the "American Joshua,"
and later said about the incident, "Never was the possession of arms used
with more glory, or in a better cause, since the days of Joshua, the son of
Nun." Every action taken, every massacre committed, every atrocity made, was
warranted by God and Manifest Destiny - the Destiny that Yahweh/Jehovah has
The wars that America fights are wars of liberation, not occupation. Like
the Ancient Israelites who fought the Philistines, the Canaanites, the
Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites to extinction, America views every action
taken as the ultimate plan of God. Therefore, any treaties broken or
violations of international law are not a deviation; indeed, the US
threatened to make the United Nations "irrelevant" if it did not agree with
America's divine call for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Like a perpetual tempest, the cycle repeats itself, as though it were the
everlasting black spot on Jupiter or my inexhaustible desire for the
annihilation of the Jews. Before the first Bush sent troops to Somalia, he
described why America could not be defeated, "[T]o every sailor, soldier,
airman, and marine who is involved in this mission, let me say, you're doing
God's work. We will not fail." Almost ten years later, his son Dubya
described his rationale for Iraq's invasion, "We are in a conflict between
good and evil. And America will call evil by its name." Later, Bush II,
would justify his action further, "There is wonder-working power in the
goodness and idealism of the American people." This "wonder-working power"
places America's cause alongside that of Moses' and Jesus'.
America's causes are transmuted by its media from acts of aggression into
acts of mercy, for the righteous cannot be belligerent. When civilians are
murdered by US forces, they are classified as collateral damage; when US
missiles slam into a hospital or mosque, terrorists were hiding there; when
the US occupies another country, it is liberation; and when resistance
fighters attack US occupation forces, they are called terrorists. Yet,
America has every right - Manifest Destiny.
The expansion westward on the American frontier was God's role for the
United States. Like Israel then and now, the American expansion into
inhabited land was not at all villainous, for this effacement of American
Indians was foreordained by God. All resources on the continent were
America's resources; all land was America's land. Why? Because God said so!
The Monroe Doctrine expanded Manifest Destiny to include the Western
Hemisphere. After World War II, America added Western Europe and during the
Eisenhower Administration, the Middle East became a sphere of the US.
America's recent actions in Iraq are odious. The recently repugnant measures
in Fallujah are proof of American arrogance and Jewish influence (the
tactics used in Fallujah are reminiscent of those used in Jenin in 2002).
The only solution for America is a vicissitude in its political system.
Unless an all-out revolution is carried out, the current political system
will not change. Woe to those Americans who are credulous enough to think
they can change the course of events by voting for John Kerry. So, what can
be done? In the words of Roman Senator Cato,"Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse
delendam" (And therefore, I conclude that Carthage must be destroyed).