Thank you, President Bush

April 6, 2008 at 4:16 am | Posted in Rantings and ravings, The journey within | 1 Comment

> Thank you, President Bush
>
> I wrote the letter below on March 9, 2003, ten days before the
> invasion of Iraq. It is the most widely read text I have written,
> having been published in the leading newspapers across the world and
> all over the Internet: close to 500 million people have read it.
>
> The war is now entering its 6th year, and over 4,000 American
> soldiers have lost their lives, together with an indefinite number
> of Iraqis. According to the CNN (March 24, 2008), “estimates of the
> Iraqi death toll range from about 80,000 to the hundreds of
> thousands, with another 2 million forced to leave the country and
> 2.5 million displaced within Iraq, according to the U.N. High
> Commissioner for Refugees”.
>
> Many of the people I mention have already left the scene, yet the
> war goes on. At the moment, there is no light at the end of the
> tunnel. Below are some extracts from the letter:
>
> Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.
>
> Thank you for showing everyone what a danger Saddam Hussein
> represents. Many of us might have forgotten that he used chemical
> weapons against his own people, against the Kurds and against the
> Iranians. Hussein is a bloodthirsty dictator, today seen as one of
> the world’s clearest expressions of evil.
>
> But that is not the only reason I have for thanking you. During the
> first two months of 2003, you showed the world a great many
> important things. So, recalling a poem I learned as a child, I would
> like to express my gratitude.
>
> Thank you for revealing to the world the enormous gulf that exists
> between the decisions made by those in power and the wishes of the
> people. Thank you for making it clear that neither José Maria Aznar
> nor Tony Blair really care or show the slightest respect for the
> votes they received. Aznar is capable of ignoring the fact that 90%
> of Spaniards are against the war and Blair is unmoved by the largest
> public demonstration to take place in England in the last thirty
> years.
>
> Thank you for insisting that Tony Blair should appear before
> Parliament with a fabricated dossier written by a student ten years
> ago, and present this as ‘damning evidence collected by the British
> Secret Service’.
>
> Thank you too, because, after all your efforts to promote war, the
> normally divided Arab nations were for the first time unanimous in
> condemning any invasion, at a meeting held in Cairo.
>
> Thank you also for your rhetoric stating that ‘the UN now has a
> chance to demonstrate its relevance’, which made even the most
> reluctant countries take a stance against any attacks.
>
> Thank you for trying to divide a Europe that is struggling for
> unification; this was a warning that will not go unheeded.
>
> Thank you for having achieved something that very few have so far
> managed to do in this century: bringing millions of people together
> on all continents to fight for the same idea, even though that idea
> is opposed to yours.
>
> Thank you, because without you we would not have realized our own
> ability to mobilize. It may serve no purpose this time, but it will
> be useful later on. Now that there seems no way of silencing the
> drums of war, I would like to borrow the words of an ancient
> European king to an invader: ‘May your morning be a beautiful one,
> with the sun shining on your soldiers’ armor, for in the afternoon I
> will defeat you.’
>
> So, enjoy your morning and whatever glory it may yet bring you.
>
> Thank you for not listening to us and not taking us seriously, but
> understand that we hear you and will not forget your words.
>
> Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.
> Thank you very much.
>
>
>
>
> http://www.warriorofthelight.com Copyright @ 2008 by Paulo Coelho

Sarcasm aside, i marvel at this man’s gift for seeing the positives in a man’s negatives. To me, that’s what being spiritual is all about. Not dwelling on people’s flaws and mistakes, instead, seeing how even darkness and ignorance can bring about light and love.

I am reminded yet again of Neale Donald Walsch’s The Sun and the Little Soul (you can find this story on my blog). Perhaps the soul that chose to come back as President Bush deliberately to bring about people’s unification and awakening, albeit in a unconventional way. We will never know for sure. But i firmly believe that we are all here for a GD reason, and through the precious sharings of those who are strongly connected to the divine, i now believe as well that we are all doing the perfect things at the perfect time and place; we can do NO wrong, no matter how we are judged by others. A simplistic and naive idea, some may think, but at least this is an idea that only encourages hope and more light, and isn’t that what this world needs?

Paulo’s entry expresses this idea perfectly. It takes a wise man to show gratitude for a man’s “mistakes” for the positive impact that was brought about to the rest of the world, and i thank him for this enlightening entry.

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