Unless you happen to be a Christian who is well-versed in biblical prophesy, or a biblical scholar, you may not know the significance of Gog and Magog, who, according to the Old Testament were sinister and mysterious forces who were menacing Israel. The evil twins reappear in Revelations where they are busy gathering nations for battle when they are struck down by fire from the heavens.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
According to former French President, Jacques Chirac, quoted by French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice; during a phone conversation between him (Chirac) and President Bush in early 2003, Bush told him that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the bibles “satanic agents of the apocalypse.” That’s right, according to Chirac, the President of the United States was ready to take our country to war on the basis of a biblical fantasy!
Bush told Chirac: “This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”.
After the call, the French leader had his staff contact Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze what Bush had said. He explained the mythology to Chirac, but that wasn’t the end of the story. He later published an account of Bush’s strange behavior in his Universities review, where it was picked up by a French-language Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, which printed a sarcastic account of the incident titled: “When President George W. Bush Saw the Prophesies of the Bible Coming to Pass.”
A small French newspaper picked up the story, but it was missed by major media. The story has been confirmed, by Chirac in Maurice’s new book: “If You Repeat it, I Will Deny.” In it, Chirac is quoted as saying that he was “profoundly disturbed” by Bush’s invocation of biblical prophesy to convince France to join with him in his “holy war” in Iraq. Chirac “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”
OK so it wasn’t WMD, it wasn’t support of terrorism, it wasn’t yellow cake uranium, it was religion! Good, old-fashioned religion of the kind the crusades were made of. It was a total fantasy, unfortunately existing in the mind of the most powerful man in the world Latest count, 4,329 American dead, over a million Iraqis dead, tens-of-thousands homeless, a country torn apart, and for what? .
We still have over a hundred thousand of our young men and women in harms way in Iraq, and my own son happens to be one of them. Personally, I would love to see George Bush tried for murder for the deaths of the Americans and Iraqis who have died in this conflict that never should have happened. Boy, don’t you just love fundamentalist religion?
In an Op-Ed piece for the latest (August/September) issue of Free Inquiry, James A. Haught, the Editor of the Charleston Gazette says of this incident: “It’s awkward to say openly, but now-departed President Bush is a religious crackpot, an ex-drunk of small intellect who ‘got saved.’ He never should have been entrusted with the power to start wars.”
Clive Hamilton wrote a piece that appeared on Alternet in which he said:
“There can be little doubt now that President Bush’s reason for launching the war in Iraq was, for him, fundamentally religious. He was driven by his belief that the attack on Saddam’s Iraq was the fulfilment of a Biblical prophesy in which he had been chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord.”
Gee, I wonder, after all this – did we defeat Gog and Magog…?