Gog, Magog, and OMG(og)!

by JimLarkinsGhost on August 8, 2009

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I have often hated what George W. Bush just said.  But can you imagine Jacques Chirac’s reaction when he received a 2003 phone call from W, asking him to join in a religious crusade in Iraq?  Talk about “I Hate What You Just Said!”

If this story is accurate, it is one of the most concrete examples yet that George W. Bush is a dangerous lunatic.

Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.

Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.

Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”

I hear ya, Jacques.

Everyone who still clings to the idea that there was good reason for the U.S. invasion of Iraq should read this story.  It is an important glimpse into the fanatical, apocalyptic worldview that helped shape Bush-era foreign policy.

H/T: Dish

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