Doug points this one out, and if true, well, no wonder France took a pass on backing us in Iraq.
French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice recounts the tale in his book release in March, Si Vous le RÃ©pÃ©tez, Je DÃ©mentirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny).
President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bibleâ€™s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.
Honest. This isnâ€™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 â€œcommon faithâ€ (Christianity) and told him: â€œGog and Magog are at work in the Middle Eastâ€¦. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilledâ€¦. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his peopleâ€™s enemies before a New Age begins.â€
This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its â€œcoalition of the willingâ€ to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bushâ€™s call and â€œwondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.â€
Again, if true, I think it speaks for itself.
And given Bush’s insistence on saying he was chosen by God, etc., we have every reason to believe that something like this is not only plausible, but also highly likely.