Thank you Mr Bush

By Paulo Coelho

Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.

Thank you for showing everyone what a danger Saddam Hussein represents. Many of us might otherwise have forgotten that he had used chemical weapons against his own people, against the Kurds and against the Iranians. Hussein is a bloodthirsty dictator and one of the clearest expressions of evil in today’s world.

But this is not my only reason for thanking you. During the first two months of 2003, you have shown the world a great many other important things and, therefore, deserve my gratitude.

So, remembering a poem I learned as a child, I want to say thank you.

Thank you for showing everyone that the Turkish people and their Parliament are not for sale, not even for 26 billion dollars.

Thank you for revealing to the world the gulf that exists between the decisions made by those in power and the wishes of the people. Thank you for making it clear that neither José María Aznar nor Tony Blair give the slightest weight to or show the slightest respect for the votes they received. Aznar is perfectly capable of ignoring the fact that 90% of Spaniards are against the war, and Blair is unmoved by the largest public demonstration to take place in England in the last thirty years.

Thank you for making it necessary for Tony Blair to go to the British Parliament with a fabricated dossier written by a student ten years ago, and present this as ‘damning evidence collected by the British Secret Service’.

Thank you for allowing Colin Powell to make a complete fool of himself by showing the UN Security Council photos which, one week later, were publicly challenged by Hans Blix, the Inspector responsible for disarming Iraq.

Thank you for adopting your current position and thus ensuring that, at the plenary session, the French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin’s anti-war speech was greeted with applause – something, as far as I know, that has only happened once before in the history of the UN, following a speech by Nelson Mandela.

Thank you too, because, after all your efforts to promote war, the normally divided Arab nations, at their meeting in Cairo during the last week in February, were, for the first time, unanimous in their condemnation of any invasion.

Thank you for your rhetoric stating that ‘the UN now has a chance to demonstrate its relevance’, a statement which made even the most reluctant countries take up a position opposing any attack on Iraq.

Thank you for your foreign policy which provoked the British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, into declaring that in the 21st century, ‘a war can have a moral justification’, thus causing him to lose all credibility.

Thank you for trying to divide a Europe that is currently struggling for unification; this was a warning that will not go unheeded.

Thank you for having achieved something that very few have so far managed to do in this century: the bringing together of millions of people on all continents to fight for the same idea, even though that idea is opposed to yours.

Thank you for making us feel once more that though our words may not be heard, they are at least spoken – this will make us stronger in the future.

Thank you for ignoring us, for marginalising all those who oppose your decision, because the future of the Earth belongs to the excluded.

Thank you, because, without you, we would not have realised our own ability to mobilise. It may serve no purpose this time, but it will doubtless be useful later on.

Now that there seems no way of silencing the drums of war, I would like to say, as an ancient European king said to an invader: ‘May your morning be a beautiful one, may the sun shine on your soldiers’ armour, for in the afternoon, I will defeat you.’

Thank you for allowing us – an army of anonymous people filling the streets in an attempt to stop a process that is already underway – to know what it feels like to be powerless and to learn to grapple with that feeling and transform it.

So, enjoy your morning and whatever glory it may yet bring you.

Thank you for not listening to us and not taking us seriously, but know that we are listening to you and that we will not forget your words.

Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.

Thank you very much.

Paulo Coelho

© Translated from the Portuguese (Brazil) by Margaret Jull Costa

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Comments

  1. Quinn says:

    a great letter and speech!
    A great example for students to learn.

  2. prashant says:

    Thank you for making us feel once more that though our words may not be heard, they are at least spoken – this will make us stronger in the future.
    Thank you, because, without you, we would not have realised our own ability to mobilise. It may serve no purpose this time, but it will doubtless be useful later on.
    Thank you for not listening to us and not taking us seriously, but know that we are listening to you and that we will not forget your words.
    May your morning be a beautiful one, may the sun shine on your soldiers’ armour, for in the afternoon, I will defeat you.’
    you are trying to tell us that there is hope,the same thing you tried to tell in the story about pandora’s box.but is there really hope?people today seem to be too much concerned about petty things to actually work for what is really essential,not that i am an exception.so,with a world filled with people like me is there really hope?

  3. Marie says:

    Thank you!!

    It is by far the best letter I’ve read with regard to the Bush “so called” Administration.

    He’s a greedy man, fighting a personal battle, while using the resources of an entire country.. innocent lives included.

  4. Marie says:

    Thank you!!

    It is by far the best letter I’ve read with regard to the Bush “so called” Adminsitration.

    He’s a greedy man, fighting a personal battle, while using the resources of an entire country.. innocent lives included.

  5. Kareem says:

    paulo i really adore your works & i hope that one day you will be here in alexandria – egypt & see the alexandrian bibliotech & i hope that i`ll be there to see you & express how far you inspire me

  6. Anass says:

    I didn’t know you before I saw the you on Aljazeera Channel, as I’m a student at the English Department in one of Morocco Universities, I’m curious at anything is written in English, I read this book of thanking the blood man BUSH, there things that I know before, and there are things that I just know from this article, I just want to thank.
    so thank you very much

    Anass

  7. soledade melo says:

    Dear Alexandra
    Its been 2 years since you wrote this coment.What were the consequences? Did anything changed in your life were you attacked by goons financed by the cia mafia? pls reply I want to join your investigation can contribute with valuable research material

  8. Zein Yousef says:

    Thank God that there is still people who realize the truth and try to make it clear for others,,you are awesome,,may god bless you,,

  9. Ghada - Doudi says:

    please answer of sonam :

    did mr bush ever reacted to your virtual anger?

  10. sonam says:

    did mr bush ever reacted to your virtual anger?

  11. Sara S. says:

    Dear Paulo!
    I wish your pen writes truth for a long time and you keep on sharing your knowledge with us.
    Amen
    Stay blessed

  12. Laila says:

    Thank you Paulo for writing this letter

  13. Kim says:

    You are so clever. Thank you.

  14. henry says:

    it such a great letter…
    I wish everybody can get an enlightment after read your text….

    best regards
    henry

  15. Marie-Christine says:

    and Georges is “History”

  16. Marie-Christine says:

    We must remember first of all who put Saddam into power?
    The hero is Hans Blix
    “A war can have a moral justification?” that is the last Straw if I have heard one
    Dominique did his best
    Aznar got what he deserved
    Tony Blair got his clip “My love” that said it all
    Sergio de Mello paid the price
    Colin Powell is still a visionary to my mind
    and I don’t think your comment is sarcastic. I think you use your brain and your intuition in producing this document and good on you Paulo.

    1. marie-christine says:

      Addendum -
      When on the plane, I was asked ; Salty ou sugary?
      I asked for the salty bit.
      It was a kind of a pretzels package
      I asked one for Georges and it was handed to me with a big beaming smile. ;)
      No words were spoken – I loved that connection -

  17. Elham says:

    Dear Paulo,
    THanks for writing this letter, we suffered war and vilonet enough, of course by we I do not mean only Iranian people, the whole world suffered and is suffering. I hope there would be a day that all the nations leave in piece.
    Kind regards,
    Elham

  18. Marcos says:

    Estimada Alejandra: Como podrás notar Paulo está de acuerdo contigo. Parece que entendiste mal la carta. Está escrita de manera sarcastica. Ojalá y puedas leerla en español. es uno de los mejores trabajos de crítica que ha hecho Paulo, solo que mejor leelo en español. Puedes encontrarlo en cualquier buscador como : Paulo Coelho Gracias Señor Bush. o biene incliudo en su reciente compilación “ser como el río que fluye” te darás cuenta que Paulo le agradece a Bush por ayudarnos a ver lo vil que es este señor como ser humano.

  19. Laila says:

    Thank you Paulo for writing this letter

  20. Querido Paulo:
    Permitame ser la primera que le diga que NO!

    Aqui se equivoco mi heroe, porque una cosa es ser mago de la literatura y otra es hacer politica.
    George Buhs junior ha participado en la continuidad de la mantencion de los Secretos Nazis Internacionales del Pentagono, en consecuencia con mas de 30 subproyectos secretos y con proyecciones de coninuidad hasta el año 2025. Los secretos nazis del Pentagono han sido profusamente denunciados por activistas independientes de derechos humanos y entre los secretisimos se encuentra la produccion de armamento biologico y quimico como armas propias de los programas secretos de produccion de armamento de destruccion masivos…

    Los Estados Unidos de America han producido la mayor cantidad de armamento ilegal bajo los secretos nazis de MK-NAOMI y toda la propaganda del gobierno republicano tiene directa relacion con la entrega de licencias propias.
    Entre los productores se encontraban Carlos Cardoen (chileno) con licencias de produccion de la fuerza Aerea norteamericana y con sede de envios como la central de la CIA, mi querido Paulo, sientese bien en su silla, Brasil.
    He ahi mi querido Paulo Coelho que la VARIG la hicieron reventar.
    Y crealo Usted o no su propio ciudadano brasilero, el excelentisimo y sienpre querido diplomatico Señor Don Sergio de Mello y que se perfilaba como el proximo Secretario General de Naciones Unidas Sergio de Mello fue asesinado por las tropas del Señor Bush con las armas psicotronicas de los secretos nazis de MK-ULTRA y de MK-NAOMI. Crimen de Guerra de la mafia Bush Señor Coelho.

    Los gases utilizados por laadministracion de Hussein en contra de la poblacion curda fueron los propios gases vendidos por la mafia republicana a Iraq !!!
    GAS SARIN el mismo utilizado para asesinar en Chile al ex Presidente Democrata Cristiano Eduardo Frei (en Chile). Gas Sarin producido en pequeña escala primero en Lo Curro por el doble agente DINA-CIA Michael Townley, asesino de masa de las tropas de asalto de la CIA norteamericana. Michael Townley terrorista y asesino de masas responsablede los atentados terroristas organizados por la P2 italiana en coordinacion con los nazis de Paraguay. Atentados terroristas en Italia, atentado terrorista en Washington, atentado terrorista en Buenos Aires, Argentina coordinados por la WACL como aparato nazi al servicio del Estado Mayor de las Fuerzas Armadas norteamericanos y coordinados n el general Jhon K. Singblaub ya integrado al gabinete republicano de Ronald Reagan.
    Gas Sarin utilizado en el atentado en Tokio por las sectas coordinadas por World Anticommunist League, WACL, y la secta Moon, bajo el comando del general del ejercito retirado norteamericano John K. Singblaub.
    Informaciones todas combatidas y silenciadas por la mafia republicana del Señor Bush a traves del silenciamiento de importantes organizaciones de derechos humanos.
    Para poder expresarme libremente sobre estos asuntos tan graves he tenido que hacer denuncias al sistema de Naciones Unidas y a la INTERPOL.
    ;(
    Love
    Alejandra H. Covarrubias
    Periodista de investigacion
    Oslo, julio del año 2008
    quien le teme a una prensa libre, le teme a la verdad!
    Creo ser la primera que le dice que NO, en una masa de seguidores que ahuyan por hacerse escuchar con tantos SI…
    lo lamento…la brujula y la varita magica no funcionan en el mundo de la NO ficcion…
    .

    .
    Mi computadora no tiene acentos hoy…lamento por tanto las faltas ortograficas

    1. Monica says:

      Dear Paulo, you forgot to mention
      “thank you for draining the blood out of the American People” who are still submerged in their naiveness thinking our government is incorruptible and did not have anything to do with the rise to the oil prices.”
      “Thank you for allowing the national debt to increase to the trillions and transferring the money to the administration’s members’ bank accounts.”

  21. Karen Hall says:

    I completely agree with everything you have written here. A friend & I have often discussed the purpose of George Bushs’ actions ( apart from the obvious material one)- we felt certain that his purpose was to bring about the fall of capitalism, but reading your words I realise that he has acheived much more than that. Thank you for your illuminating words. Shine on.