President Bush oversimplified when he said after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists,” South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday. But Tutu, delivering a lecture at the United Nations on “God’s Word and World Politics,” embraced Bush’s remark at about the same time that “We know that God is not neutral” in the war between “freedom and fear, justice and cruelty.” “I firmly believe that God is not neutral,” the Nobel laureate said when asked to comment on the statements by Bush, the first made Sept. 20, 2001, and the second a day later. “If you are in a situation where an elephant is sitting on the tail of a mouse and you say, ‘oh no, no, no, I am neutral,’ the mouse is not going to appreciate your neutrality,” Tutu said. “The God that I worship, mercifully, is a God who has all along been there for those who are on the underside.” But in his challenge to the world to either join Washington’s “global war on terrorism” or be branded a terrorist, Bush oversimplified things out of confusion in the post-Cold War era, Tutu said. Full Story
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