During the war, the BBC asked Tony Blair whether he and George W. Bush prayed together. Blair looked shocked.
However, Blair and Bush do share a deep Christianity. One senior member of the White House to whom I talked recently said that one of the reasons for the close relationship between Bush and Blair is indeed their shared faith.
Bishops in Britain and in the United States may denounce the war as morally wrong, but Bush has no doubts about the rightness of his cause. After September 11 he reminded us that "Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them." In his state of the union speech this year, he spoke of the "power, wonderworking power" of "the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people." The words "wonderworking power" come from a hymn in which they refer to "the precious blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ."
Bush asserts a worldview that is usually dismissed as a heresy—the myth of redemptive violence, which posits a war between good and evil, between God and Satan. For God to win, evil needs to be destroyed by God's faithful followers.
This is alarming to the increasingly secular Europeans.
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