It must be wonderful to feel that one's political positions come from a hotline to God. Apparently that's the way Sarah Palin feels, as she spoke, as shown in the video above, at a church gathering in June 2008 about building an Alaskan natural gas pipeline and the war in Iraq.
Everyone, of course, would agree with her hopes that our soldiers remain safe. That's a far cry, though, from stating that this unnecessary war is "a task that is from God" or part of "God's plan." One is reminded of George Bush's statement that "God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq."
Were those who were blown to bits during the "shock and awe" bombing of Baghdad, those who were the victims of ethnic cleansing between Sunni and Shiite, those who were blasted by roadside bombs, those who were terribly maimed and disfigured, those suffering psychological torment, all part of a plan hatched by God? Did God want us to make false connections between Iraq, 9/11 and WMD? (As Palin recently did; see my post of 9/13, "Palin Revives False Association Between War In Iraq And 9/11 Attacks.")
How easy to rush off to war for misbegotten motives and then claim that it was God's doing. Such thinking is extremely dangerous, as it can be used to justify anything.
Joan Baez's rendition of Bob Dylan's "With God On Our Side," performed in 1966 in Stockholm, speaks to this age-old tactic. As the song puts it, "And you never ask questions when God's on your side":