We've all played the phone game, wherein you sit in a circle one person tells another person something and by the time it gets to the other end, the message isn't the same as first told.
That's the way Republicans spin Bush's 'war crimes' saying Bush was the victim of bad intelligence, and by the time it reached his desk, it wasn't the same as the reality of Saddam's weapons capabilities within specific regard to weapons of mass destruction. Even if this were all a simple horrible irresponsible mistake, it would still be considered a war crime. Because the merits of leading a war of aggression aren't relatively concerned with what who knew before the invasion. A war of aggression is illegal regardless of faulty intelligence. So, Republicans and even some Democrats can blame faulty intelligence all they want, but they're dead wrong, at least in part.
In this post, I mainly want to talk about the religious aspect of Bush's decision to invade Iraq, I realize that may sound odd because not many people speak of this part of Bush's true motive for the war. You see, Bush literally had an apocalyptic vision for the invasion of Iraq. Part of his rationale was that he would enter into an end time battle 'Gog and Magog', a Biblical connotation for an end times showdown, if you like, and Bush felt strongly that God tapped him to start this war. More on that later I cannot help emphasizing that George Bush lied to the American people to throw us into an illegal war, so that he could listen to God, and throw our brave soldiers into an end time battle. Lying is a sin, but George Bush believed God wanted him to lie to the American people to be considered a just man to punish the Islamic world, to face God's enemies Bush said. I am a Christian and I truly believe evil plagues certain religions, I believe that part. However, Bush wasn't justified in any way to enter a conflict with Iraq committing egregious war crimes, death, carnage, destruction, mass destruction, cultural genocide, and other war crimes.
You see, if a war isn't justified under International Law it is illegal. Therefore, each kill is not a combat kill it is murder. Yes, indeed. Jacque wasn't convinced, with good reason, about the Bush administration's claim Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, therefore, he wasn't on board. Bush in an attempt to push the then French President Jacques into agreement used religion. Of course, it didn't work, nonetheless, here's the quote. "Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East, Bush said to then France President Jacques. Bush said: "Jacques, you and I share a common faith. You're Roman Catholic, and I am a Methodist, but we are both Christians committed to the teachings of the Bible. We share one common Lord. God and Magog are at work in the Middle East. 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."
Quote ~ George Bush. '500 Days.'
This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this war to erase his enemies and usher in a 'New Age'. Lord have mercy, this moron thought God told him this garbage. Thank God, he's not president anymore. After the conversation, Jacque questioned those in his cabinet who listened in on the conversation, asking if they knew anything about Gog and Magog. In response France sought out a Biblical scholar to inform them of this Biblical passage, and when Jacque discovered it truly was an end time connotation he thought Bush was a fanatic and wasn't interested in making foreign policy decisions based on Bush's interpretation of the Bible.
1). Bush, Gog, and Magog. Democracy Now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aq5s0IMgzg