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      Bush the Christian Crusader

      Kurt Eichenwald's new book, 500 Days: Secrets And Lies in The Terror Wars.

      Anyone amazed by the current wave of spontaneous Islamic uprisings against the crazy anti-Islam film should realize America has a deeper problem than trying to explain the First Amendment to the Muslim street. Wait until millions of people read the 2003 statement by President George Bush calling for a Christian war against Iraq and the Middle East.

      In a stunning statement, President George Bush told the president of France, Jacques Chirac, that the Iraq “confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a new age begins,” according to a new book by Kurt Eichenwald, former New York Times reporter.

      So far there has been complete silence and denial about the Bush statement. But the fuse is lit. Bush will be under pressure to explain himself.

      Bush, in an early 2003 phone call to President Chirac, according to Eichenwald, said, “Jacques, you and I share a common faith. You’re Roman Catholic, I’m Methodist, but we are both Christians committed to the teachings of the Bible. We share one common Lord." Bush continued, "Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East. Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. This confrontation is being willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a new age begins.”

      Seen through this disclosure, US attacks on Islamic fundamentalists are partly a projection of a deep American Christian fundamentalism rooted in the Crusades. Bush used the term “crusader” early in his administration, but later withdrew the comments as a mistake.

      When the Iraq invasion began, nine evangelical churches were opened, 150 Christian missionaries flooded in, and one million Arabic-language leaflets proclaimed the “good news.” The End-timers waited for the prophecies to be fulfilled. The president’s Pentagon point person on intelligence, Gen. William Boyklin, claimed that God, who incidentally was the “real God” as opposed to the satanic Allah, appointed Bush.

      Then there was the Pentagon’s inspector general, Joseph Schmitz, who seemed more interested in demonic forces than corrupt contractors – the hierarchy of Blackwater, after all, was dominated by fundamentalist Christians. Schmitz’ website described his association with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an 11th century Crusader group whose mission was to “defend territories that the Crusaders had conquered from the Moslems."

      Rational officials, like Air Force Academy Chaplain Capt. MeLinda Morton and Guantanamo Chaplain James Yee, were forced to resign after they complained of extreme Christian proselytizing.

      For more information, see also by Tom Hayden, "Billy Graham’s Legacy: A Crusade in Iraq," in Writings for a Democratic Society, "For Franklin Graham, The Crusades Never End," and "Ryan a Pawn in Neo-Con Return."

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      Reader Comments (6)

      I am a Christian and I find this info about Bush W and his friends very very disturbing. Such murderous fantasy has no place in modern democratic government. Neocon crusades are simply the politics of war and claim no converts and spread no faith but faith in hate. Here is the GOOD NEWS : Modern Christians, like their most ancient counterparts, always testify to having been changed from the inside out by a loving forgiving friend Jesus who used no military means to save their souls from earthly strife.

      September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarina Tootle

      I was brought up a Methodist but the chapels I went to never preached this garbage. When Desmond Tutu refused to share a platform with Tony Blair he showed the true spirit of Christianity. Ask yourself, would the prince of peace have shared a platform with the prince of war?

      September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Goss

      Just around the time of the first gulf war, an evangelical Christian I know and occasionally talk to, told me that the war was ok, because Bush the first, and Billy Graham and some other characters I can't remember consulted God, were given approval, and then prayed.
      I was as horrified to hear that the process was in any way influenced by a religious perspective as my acquaintance was delighted.
      I suppose I was accustomed to the idea of clever people in government making fine judgements concerning strategy, and optimum best interests, and anticipating consequences. Some kind of intelligent cautious calculus? Well apparently not. The Christian acquaintance was delighted that 'for once' God was consulted. Actually that consultation of God has been a frequent accompaniment to some of the worst military catastrophes in history.

      The comment about Bush junior is not quite news. I remember clearly, around the time of the run-up to the Iraq war, that varioussimilar references by Bush and others in his government , were made to the end times and the fulfilment of Biblical prophesy. The religious dimension would also explain the actions of Blair, which have never quite been fully explained and are shrouded in doubt, but it is clear that he had committed to the Iraq project at an early stage. That seemed irrational and frustrating to the onlookers, but the idea that Blair was buying into the religious interpretation at least provides some kind of explanation of his behaviour, and his (n)utterances about being answerable to God.

      I can also remember a comment made by Ahmadinejad that we were approaching some kind of final resolution, through war, as prophesied.
      So it is curious that there is a shared belief in the prophesies of semi-nomadic tribal people who were having visions, who were alive approximately 2000 years ago, (or less in the case of the Islam.

      September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDouglas

      the pursuit of triviality and banality the rulling intelingentzia wants to keep selling mostly of the people around the globe can only be fighted back by Men like you, Mr.Hayden! keep on! Hope = Action ... we know that you are a Men of action not just of words!

      September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaula serra

      Why didn't Chirac warn the world or at least NATO? Although, let's face it, Bush's irrationality was plainly evident from the beginning.

      September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR Hatton

      And, so? What happened in the end? Americans kicked out of Iraq, and will they be out of Afghanistan. Nowadays christianity is not christianity of Jesus. Jesus recieved the Bible, but he did not write the Bible which was written several hundred years after him in other languages than the one that Jesus spoke. True respect and true love for Jesus is demonstrated only by muslims. Because they don't lie about Jesus.

      September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlavik

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