Monday, July 17, 2006

Pro-Israel Evangelicals in disgraceful display

"We're Being Set Up for Wider War in the Middle East" is the title of the newest article by Paul Craig Roberts. In it he launches a scathing attack on the Jewish neoconservatives, who seem to "have total control of U.S. foreign policy in the Bush regime", much to our misfortune. He warns, rightly, that the interests of the Jewish neocons are not our interests, and are in fact very much at odds with our interests. He further warns that the neocons want to drag America into more military conflict for Israel, just like they dragged us into attacking Iraq (for Israel). His other targets in the article are the neoconservatives' gentile stooges out there, including those in the "Bush regime". Bush himself escapes any direct scorn, as he is simply painted as the puppet of the Israel-First Jewish Neoconservatives.

All of this seems on target. It is clear that the primary problem with US foreign policy today is the power wielded by Jewish neoconservatives and their stooges (neoconservatism is a Jewish movement, and as some have said it is neither "new" nor "conservative").
But our interest in the article primarily lies not with what a gang of non-American Jewish neoconservatives are trying to force us to do (The Jewish necons might be US citizens in most cases, but they are not Americans in any real sense, as their loyalty is totally to Israel. They are Israelis/Israeli-agents de facto), but with what some actual Americans are up to. We are not concerned with the squabbles of two alien peoples half a world away. What we are concerned with, and disgusted with, is the news that some American Protestants are disgracing themselves and this country by their disgraceful actions related to all this. Let's let Roberts tell the story:
Evangelical "Christians" are part of the propaganda show. Three thousand of them, under the lead of the Rev. John C. Hagee, are heading to Washington for a "Washington/Israel summit" to demand, needlessly, that the neocon Bush regime show "stronger support for Israel." It is difficult to see how Bush could show any stronger support without using the U.S. military to assist Israel in its attacks, which is, of course, what the "Christian" Rev. Hagee intends when he declares: "There's a new Hitler in the Middle East [he doesn't mean Bush or Olmert]. The only way he will be stopped will be by a preemptive military strike in Iran."

Present at Rev. Hagee's "Washington/Israel Summit" will be Israel's former Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, Republican Senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and Gary Bauer.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful lobby in Washington, expressed its thanks to Rev. Hagee for demonstrating "the depth and breadth of American support" for Israel. Recently, AIPAC has been under investigation as a suspected nest for Israeli spies.

David Brog, former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, has gone to work for Rev. Hagee. Brog, who is Jewish, says he works for Hagee's evangelical enterprise because "we're bringing into a pro-Israel camp millions of Christians who love Israel and giving them a political voice. Israel's enemies are our enemies, and this group instinctively understands that." Brog goes on to say that Hagee's evangelicals understand that they are not supposed to talk about Jesus, only about saving Israel: "Christians who work with Jews in supporting Israel realize how sensitive we are in talking about Jesus. They realize it will interfere with what they are trying to do."

[Read the whole article here.]
Are these people insane? Israel is so important that we should go to war with Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, and continue to funnel billions of US taxpayer dollars yearly to Israel, but Jesus is not important? What would any of the founders and great past leaders of Protestantism think about this? What would any of the ancestors of these quote-unquote Protestants think? They are giving their loyalty to a non-Christian religion, a far away non-Christian state, and an alien people, while meanwhile they neglect their own people: their very country is being flooded with Catholics from the south, to which they turn a blind eye. This is a shameful and disgraceful display if there ever was one!

What we are left with, besides being sick to our stomach at all this, is "Why". Why are these supposed Protestants more interested in the Jewish religion, the Jewish state, the Jewish people, than they are in the Protestant Christian religion, the (formerly-)Protestant USA, the Protestant people of the US and of the world? The answer probably lies in perceptions of power and desire for institutional survival. Any institution or group and the leaders thereof are always primarily interested in institutional survival. These pro-Israel Evangelicals have, for decades, no doubt seen the large amount of power that the Jewish people have in the opinion-shaping media in this country, and so they probably feel that it would hurt their "institution" to speak ill of Israel or criticize Jews in any way, as the Jewish media would "crucify" them, so to speak, if they did. And so, most refrain from attacking or criticizing Israel and Judaism and what is called "Organized Jewry", even on those occasions when it is more than warranted. Some, though, have taken this concept to an extreme and have become fanatically devoted to Israel and to the Jewish people (e.g. Hagee), to the point where that devotion has quite literally risen above and beyond their devotion to the Christian religion and the fate of their own people in America! It is this same desire not to offend seemingly powerful groups that led most American Protestant leaders in the middle of the 20th century to abandon criticizing Catholicism and the Catholic Church, after witnessing the advance of Catholic power in this country.

It is unfortunate that many of these supposed Protestant leaders have been willing to sell out to groups whose interests are wholly at odds with those of the Protestant people of this nation. Though we must point out that only a small minority of the Protestant Americans are actually lavishly pro-Israel. The media gives the impression that most are by focusing immensely on the relatively small percentage of them who are.


Blogger Jason H. Bowden said...

Iran's Ahmadinejad has declared the Islam is a universal ideology that is ready to rule the world. This guy thinks he's been appointed to lead the final jihad against the infidels at the end of times, and he isn't alone in that belief.

The jihadists don't care if we are Hindi, Atheist, Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, Wiccan, Jain, or Sikh -- the choice they give to us is clear: convert, or die.

Liberal democracies need to stand together against this menace. As a result, the United States will continue to remain a friend of Israel and an enemy of terrorism.

July 21, 2006 4:58 PM  
Blogger Protestant said...

You are a subscriber to the "Crusader state" theory, then. Israel as a crusader state in the Holy Land, just like the crusader states of old, surrounded by hostile mohammedans who want to take over Christendom. As a result it needs the support of the West, just like the crusader states of old did.

I would fully endorse this theory, if it were a Christian state at issue (if it were Roman Catholic I'm not so sure...). But I do not particularly care about the Jews and their Jewish state, any more than I care about the Turkomans and their state (Turkmenistan the Turkoman state, isn't it?), or any other such state/people. Neither do I care about the moslems. Their heavy immigration into Europe is a concern--25 million moslems live in Europe now, I have read, and they could be 25% of the continent's population by mid-century. But if this is our concern, let's not even talk about the Jewish state, it is irrelevant.

As far as Islam wanting to take over the US/the world, I would say that I am far more concerned with the advance of Catholic power in this country, and with the millions of Catholics entering the US annually. At the rate of immigration and birth rates we have today, the US could be majority Catholic at the middle of the present century. As I wrote in a blog entry a few weeks ago, white-Protestants are already a minority in this country for the first time ever! But youre saying we should not be concerned with that, let's focus on attacking muslims and supporting one tribe which is constantly warring with other tribes in the deserts of the Near East!

August 01, 2006 3:21 AM  

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