Chirac Recounts Bush’s Use of Biblical Prophesy To Justify Iraq War

In May I noted that, following previous reports that George Bush believed that God advised him to go to war and reports that Donald Rumsfeld used Biblical imagery to influence Bush, a new book quoted Jacques Chirac confirming previous reports that Bush used Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq. The Council for Secular Humanism has posted more on this:

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.”

After the 2003 call, the puzzled French leader didn’t comply with Bush’s request. Instead, his staff asked Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze the weird appeal. Dr. Romer explained that the Old Testament book of Ezekiel contains two chapters (38 and 39) in which God rages against Gog and Magog, sinister and mysterious forces menacing Israel. Jehovah vows to smite them savagely, to “turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,” and slaughter them ruthlessly. In the New Testament, the mystical book of Revelation envisions Gog and Magog gathering nations for battle, “and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

In 2007, Dr. Romer recounted Bush’s strange behavior in Lausanne University’s review, Allez Savoir. A French-language Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, printed a sarcastic account titled: “When President George W. Bush Saw the Prophesies of the Bible Coming to Pass.” France’s La Liberte likewise spoofed it under the headline “A Small Scoop on Bush, Chirac, God, Gog and Magog.” But other news media missed the amazing report.

Subsequently, ex-President Chirac confirmed the nutty event in a long interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice, who tells the tale in his new book, Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny), released in March by the publisher Plon…

The French revelation jibes with other known aspects of Bush’s renowned evangelical certitude. For example, a few months after his phone call to Chirac, Bush attended a 2003 summit in Egypt. The Palestinian foreign minister later said the American president told him he was “on a mission from God” to defeat Iraq. At that time, the White House called this claim “absurd.”

Considering that the stated reasons for going to war, such as WMD or a connection between Saddam and 9/11, failed to hold up, this perhaps explains why Bush did conduct such acts in office which were contrary to our national interests.

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    nomoreGOP says:

    I think its pretty obvious that it wouldn’t of mattered if we got attacked by Canadians.. Bush would of attacked Iraq.. There is an Evangelical Cancer eating away at our country.. its quite scary..

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    Rob says:

    Isaiah 13:19,20 prophesies that Babylon will never be rebuilt.  I’ve heard it suggested that Hussein was planning to restore the site of the ancient city of Babylon (I heard this from much the same kind of people that nomoreGOP would identify with the “Evangelical Cancer,” so I cannot substantiate this claim).  It seems like a stretch, but perhaps this was a factor in the whole Iraq-War-justification scenario.  But honestly, will we ever know what President Bush was thinking?

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    nomoreGOP says:

    I wouldnt put it past him.. Ever since Reagan, who was the first prominant Evangelical nut bag, there has been a constant and steady shift towards an entrenched religious presence throughout the military and government..GW Bush was able to drum up enough support from these same people to win not only Texas’ Governer, but Presidency for his daddy and himself.. And if you look at Bush Srs second run, he didnt have GW helping on the campaign front because he was too busy in Texas..GW Bush really truly felt like he was chosen to be president by god himself… It is just sad that these things start getting proven well after our country is basically ruined over one guys religious nuttery (along with a whole host of douche bags that knew he was insane, but could use that to their advantage, Cheney, Rummy, etc..). If you look at the report covers that Rumsfeld “Christianized” it obviously shows these people making sure they played directly to Bush’s crazy religious side to get him to act “with his gut” (as if that is something to be proud of)..

    We got duped. Simple as that.. And now there are millions of people that dont want to admit that they are retarded, so they blindly follow along.. Its so sad.. But if you look at the Ancient greek word for Moron.. It to them just meant “the masses”.. I think they had it right.

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    mark deuteronomovic says:

    Bibles Iraqwar!!!
     
    1. Adolf Hitlers Bible and Europaswar!
    2. Lindon Johnsons Vietnamwar with a Bible!
    3. George W. Bush Iraqwar with a Bible
    4. Obamas Waragenda with a Bible!
     
    Atheist!

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