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The Underpinnings of Bush Ethics

Reader comment on item: In the MidEast, Bush Dared to Be Different

Submitted by JL (United States), Oct 25, 2004 at 17:43

This excellent article has an interesting one-line, author's perception of the President's premise for actions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Pipes explains his reservation of Bush policy as "the President's highly personal reading of the Arab-Israeli conflict."

If I understand Mr Pipes correctly, this seems like an odd reservation. Particularly in view of Pipes' astute reading of the political-religious motivations of the Arab culture. Bush's Judeo-Christian world view is no less in play. While Bush may "personalize" the political-religious premise, even exercise poor usage of Judeo-Christian metaphor, the underpinnings of bolder, conservative forms of justice nevertheless prevail.

Pipes deserves great credit for this article even if he struggles, in my view, with the "personalized" application of evangelical Protestant ethic.

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