President Bush, Iraq and Religious Rhetoric

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President Bush had rejected the argument that war in Iraq is against God-s will. As have almost all American presidents to support their policies, Bush invokes religion in his speeches about a possible war. Yet, supporters and critics of the President agree that his Christian evangelism makes him different from his predecessors in this regard. The cover of Germany-s Der Spiegel magazine shows Bush with a cross in the background. France-s Le Monde says Bush -is convinced that he is inspired by God,- and concludes that makes him -dangerous.- What is reassuring to some is frightening to others. Against the background of impending war with Iraq, we join journalists and historians who write about religion, and the secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, for a look at the role of religion in American foreign policy.
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