In a May 22-24, 2009 article at counterpunch.org, Yale University Visiting Professor Clive Hamilton reveals that U.S. President George W. Bush had lobbied French President Jacques Chirac in 2003 to join the Coalition of the Willing by describing the Iraq invasion plan as a "confrontation... willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people's enemies before a New Age begins".
According to Hamilton's article, the story, which first emerged in a University of Lausanne review article of September 2007 by Professor of Theology Thomas Römer, has been confirmed by Chirac in a new book by journalist Jean Claude Maurice, published in France in March. Speaking of the book, Hamilton writes, "Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq..."
As mentioned earlier in this blog, Bush had also reportedly told the Palestinian foreign minister in 2003 that he was on "a mission from God" to remove Saddam Hussein from power and, as Hamilton writes, was "receiving commands from the Lord."
Hamilton continues: "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 fulfillment of a Biblical prophesy in which he had been chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord."
And so as the prophecy of judgment on Babylon -- modern-day Iraq -- found in Jeremiah 50-51 describes, "Behold,... a great nation and many kings will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth; they seize their bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy... marshalled like a man for the battle against you, O daughter of Babylon... Behold, one will come up like a lion...; for in an instant I shall make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it... Therefore, hear the plan of the LORD which he has planned against Babylon... At the shout, 'Babylon to be seized!' the earth is shaken, and a protest is heard among the nations" (Jer. 50:41-46).
Apparently, when one is chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord, one knows it, and can't resist telling others, no matter the stupified outcry over that revelation.
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