ET, I don’t blame Chirac a bit. That I don’t know the meaning that this expression according to you has is neither here nor there – but neither does the Big Webster or the Oxford Dictionaries online ( though they have the words Gog and Magog).
The (online) Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable has this: “Gog and Magog – in the Bible the names of the enemies of God’s people”.
Mother Jones provides a fuller extract of the conversation allegedly based on an interview with Chirac by the French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice:
Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and 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.”
This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”
After the 2003 call, the puzzled French leader didn’t comply with Bush’s request. Instead, his staff asked Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze the weird appeal.
….In 2007, Dr. Romer recounted Bush’s strange behavior in Lausanne University’s review, Allez Savoir….Subsequently, ex-President Chirac confirmed the nutty event in a long interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice, who tells the tale in his new book, Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny), released in March by the publisher Plon.
I am not in the least surprised. That Bush was (is?) a bit of a religious crazy of a type that seems unfortunately rather common over there is known from other sources.