G. W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq
Extraordinary story from the Charleston Gazette about the evangelical mood influencing foreign policy under the Bush administration, particularly leading up to the invasion of Iraq:
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.”
It was a case of truly getting biblical on some Iraqi ass! The story goes some way to explaining why the French didn’t get involved in the war but it begs the question: What the hell was Tony Blair thinking?
Just goes to show the damage that can be done when a couple of religious nutjobs get elected. The US and UK electorates should hang their heads in shame.