Gog and Magog leave Chirac…well…Agog

So 'tis the season for policymakers and politicians to steer public opinion their way, via books. We know one is on the way from Cheney. Former President George W. Bush, too. And we're really hoping that when Bush publishes his "decision" book that he includes some guidance as to how he decided to pitch former French President Jacques Chirac on the war with Iraq...by citing Gog and Magog. According to a new book by Chirac (Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai--If You Repeat it, I Will Deny) to be published next March, Bush told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The 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."

Chirac had no clue what Bush was talking about, so his staff asked Swiss theologian Thomas Roemer of the University of Lausanne to explain. We went to Wiki.

I simply have no idea what on earth you are talking about.