Bush: Just a Scary FundamentalistOr so asserts Gerhard Schrodiger, whom the Germans, thank God, replaced with Angela Merkel last spring.
The former Chancellor, an agnostic, seems to consider President Bush to be a Christian fundamentalist, and as such less likely to make the compromises needed to end the conflict in Iraq.
“We rightly criticise that in most Islamic states there is no clear separation between religion and the rule of law,” he says. “But we fail to recognise that, in the US, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies.
“If both sides claim to be in possession of the only valid truth, then there is no room for manoeuvre.”
Ah, yes. Relativism is all. America and the Islamic fundamentalists are precise moral equivalents relative to the false truths they believe in.
Unfortunately, I have a good friend in Germany - who happens to be a Green - and as she expressed this exact same sentiment to me about Bush's scary religious fundamentalism - I imagine this impression is rather endemic and, at the moment, ineradicable on the German left.
How awkward that it comes out at the same time that David Kuo latterly informed "the American Christianist movement" that Bushco. doesn't take the fundamentalists seriously at all and often makes fun of them.
Well which is it?