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August 10, 2009


James A. Haught, Secular Humanism - 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. . .

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 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.". . .

Subsequently, ex-President Chirac confirmed the nutty event in a long interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice. . .

Oddly, mainstream media are ignoring this alarming revelation that Bush may have been half-cracked when he started his Iraq war. My own paper, The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, is the only U.S. newspaper to report it so far. Canada's Toronto Star recounted the story, calling it a "stranger-than-fiction disclosure . . . which suggests that apocalyptic fervor may have held sway within the walls of the White House." Fortunately, online commentary sites are spreading the news, filling the press void.

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."

Recently, GQ magazine revealed that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld attached warlike Bible verses and Iraq battle photos to war reports he hand-delivered to Bush. One declared: "Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground."

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.

For six years, Americans really haven't known why he launched the unnecessary Iraq attack. Official pretexts turned out to be baseless. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction after all, and wasn't in league with terrorists, as the White House alleged. Collapse of his asserted reasons led to speculation about hidden motives: Was the invasion loosed to gain control of Iraq's oil-or to protect Israel-or to complete Bush's father's vendetta against the late dictator Saddam Hussein? Nobody ever found an answer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this why the Dems won't, or can't, go after Bush's Repugs for their various antics... Because their were Religiously Inspired?

See, this is an example of why we can never allow mixing religion with politics!


August 10, 2009 12:37 PM  
Blogger m said...

The Palliban gives all appearance of being even more fanatic. After all, there were at least some limits on what Bush would intentionally say in public.

August 10, 2009 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

What I find significant is that these revelations (npi) are coming out only NOW. Had they come out while he was in office, that might have caused enough of a stir to produce regime change.

But of course it never works that way - the ruling class protects its own, even when they're megalmaniacal psychopaths like Bush or Amin.

August 10, 2009 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush was a figurehead president who was manipulated by others in his administration. The paragraph about Rumsfeld supports this. Trace the careers and activities of Rumsfeld and Cheney back into their days in the Ford White House and many of the whys of the Bush Jr years become clearer.

August 10, 2009 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are just incredibly lucky that the dimwit didn't start a global thermonuclear war.

August 11, 2009 10:57 AM  

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