Earlier this month, GQ revealed that Rumsfeld placed war-like Bible quotes on the front pages of his intelligence briefings. Now we may know why he was motivated to do so. According to Alternet, Bush felt the war in Iraq was God’s will, and that God was going to use him to fulfill “end-time” Biblical prophecies.
In 2003 while lobbying leaders to put together the Coalition of the Willing, President Bush spoke to France’s President Jacques Chirac. Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated.
So, while Bush was telling us that he wanted to end the stand-off with Saddam Hussein peacefully, he actually believed he was about to be used by God to destroy Gog and Magog.
Gog and Magog are originally mentioned in the books of Genesis and Ezekiel. However, in the book of Revelation, they represent the armies of Satan who will seek to destroy Israel. However, before they can do so, fire will come down from Heaven (Bush’s army I guess?) and destroy them. Their defeat will lead to Satan being cast into Hell, where he is tormented for all eternity. (Revelation 20:7-10)
The article says 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”.
French author, Jean Claude Maurice, has confirmed this story in his upcoming new book.
Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush’s invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs”.In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on “a mission from God” in launching the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord.
I will end with these damning words from the article:
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.
Many thousands of Americans and Iraqis have died in the campaign to defeat Gog and Magog. That the US President saw himself as the vehicle of God whose duty was to prevent the Apocalypse can only inflame suspicions across the Middle East that the United States is on a crusade against Islam.
I honestly wish I was making this up.