Bush Speech Warns Iran, Answers Apocalypse Question

21 03 2006
Yesterday, President Bush gave a speech mainly focusing on progress in the war in Iraq, and the War on Terror. He warned Iran that he would use military might to defend Israel and the U.S. if necessary.

“The threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That’s a threat, a serious threat. It’s a threat to world peace,” the US president said after a speech defending the war in Iraq.

“I made it clear, and I’ll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel,” said Bush, who was apparently referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel.

On the atomic dispute, Bush said he hoped “to solve this issue diplomatically” with a “united message” to Tehran from Washington, London, Paris, Berlin as well as Russia “hopefully” and China.

The message would be that “your desire to having a nuclear weapon is unacceptable,” he said.

Diplomatic means should always be exhausted before resorting to military might. Just as a good parent must define boundaries for their children, so we must do the same for rogue tyrants who are full of hate for Israel and the U.S.

It is unfortunate that our President has to continually reiterate his point over and over again for the need to protect ourselves (and others) before it is too late to respond.

Many in the blogosphere found this the most interesting portion of the speech, a follow-up question when a woman asked if President Bush thought that the War on Terror was a sign of the Apocolypse. Expose the Left has the video.

image courtesy of Outsidenormal.com

WOMAN: Thank you for coming to Cleveland, Mr. President, and the city club. My question is that author and former Nixon administration official Kevin Phillips, in his latest book, American Theocracy, discusses what he calls radical Christianity and its growing involvement into government and politics. He makes the point that members of your administration have reached out to prophetic Christians who see the War in Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the apocalypse. Do you believe this: that the War in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the
apocalypse and if not, why not?

While light chuckles could be heard, it does makes you wonder how many people would really believe that way.

Daniel Pipes informs that there is one, Mr. Ahmadinejad, who just happens to be the President of Iran, who does place a heavy belief in apocalyptic religious ideals.

All streams of Islam believe in a divine saviour, known as the Mahdi, who will appear at the End of Days. A common rumour – denied by the government but widely believed – is that Mr Ahmadinejad and his cabinet have signed a “contract” pledging themselves to work for the return of the Mahdi and sent it to Jamkaran.

This is the line of thinking of those who believe in soley diplomatic solutions. Jay Stephenson says, “Their leader is a radical that is motivated by Religious zealotry, and pure hatred for the Jews.”

Who do they think this “Mahdi” is?

Millions of Muslims worldwide already regard bin Laden as the “Mahdi,” say Williams and other analysts of Islam.

We have to take Iran seriously folks. We can’t afford stretch it out.

Others wondering: Aaron’s CC, Wizbang, All Things Conservative, The Political Pitbull, Flopping Aces, Woman Honor Thyself, RightWinged.com

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