Last week the Christians United For Israel organization
held its annual show-of-force in our Nation’s Capital and Max Blumenthal recorded
for posterity – if, God Willing, there is to be one – this most "politically
extreme, outrageous" spectacle.
"Founded by San Antonio-based megachurch pastor John Hagee, CUFI
has added the grassroots muscle of the Christian right to the already potent
Israel lobby. Hagee and his minions have forged close ties with the Bush
White House and members of Congress from Sen. Joseph Lieberman to Sen. John
"In its call for a unilateral military attack on Iran and the expansion
of Israeli territory, CUFI has found unwavering encouragement from traditional
pro-Israel groups like AIPAC [America-Israel Public Affairs Committee] and
elements of the Israeli government.
"But CUFI has an ulterior agenda: its support for Israel derives from
the belief of Hagee and his flock that Jesus will return to Jerusalem after
the battle of Armageddon and cleanse the earth of evil. In the end, all the
non-believers – Jews, Muslims, Hindus, mainline Christians, etc. – must convert
or suffer the torture of eternal damnation."
According to the Jewish Blumenthal, the typical CUFI member apparently believes
"God" wants Bush to do what Lieberman and the Likudniks are urging
him to do – nuke Tehran – to trigger an all-out nuke war to bring on Armageddon
– the final climatic battle, waged here on the planet Earth, between God and
But the Russians and the Chinese evidently did not consider Bush’s premeditated
war of aggression against Iraq to even be necessarily inimical to their national
interests, much less a cause to wage all-out war with nukes.
And they were right. Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has done immense damage to America’s image, vis a vis theirs.
Nor does it appear the Russians – and perhaps even the Chinese – consider Bush’s
upcoming war of aggression against Iran to be necessarily inimical to their
national interests, even if Bush is crazy enough to nuke Tehran.
It seems likely, at present, that the Russians – and perhaps even the Chinese
– would not object to Bush doing further incalculable damage to America’s image,
to say nothing of America’s ability to influence – diplomatically and militarily
– world events, especially in the Western Pacific.
Stranger still, it does not appear that even the Iranians consider Bush’s upcoming
war against Iran to be necessarily inimical to their national interests. Even
if he uses – or threatens to use – a few nukes.
And no one who knows anything about the effects of nuclear weapons – who has
read Herman Kahn’s authoritative treatises
On Thermonuclear War – could expect that even an all-out nuke war between Hagee
and Russia/China, involving thousands of high-yield nukes, could result in the
deaths of even half the world’s almost seven-billion inhabitants.
Of course, the percentage of deaths resulting from Hagee’s War would be higher in the United States than in Russia or China or in the Islamic World, because a higher percentage [75%] of Americans live in urbanized areas, prime H-Bomb targets.
But, what the hell – if you’ll pardon the expression. All the survivors are
going to have to convert to Hagee’s "Jesus," anyway, or "suffer
the torture of eternal damnation." Better to have died during Armaggedon.
Or just before, like Jerry Falwell.
Historian Barbara Tuchman, when asked why she wrote A
Distant Mirror, replied she wanted to examine the societal consequences
of what the aftermath of an all-out nuke war might be. So she chose the 14th
Century in Europe, when The
Black Death quickly killed up to two-thirds the population. To her immense
surprise, she was unable to detect any evidence of societal consequences.
Of course, we don’t have to worry. The Cheney Cabal, the Likudniks and AIPAC
consider CUFI members to be useful idiots, holding naïve and foolish religious
beliefs, useful to their program to remake – militarily, if necessary – the
Middle East to their liking, politically and economically.
Surely neither President Bush or any of his close associates hold such naïve and foolish religious beliefs. Right?
Well, Michael Gerson – now a Washington Post columnist and until last
year chief speech writer for President Bush – wrote a
column last week in which he concluded that the mess that the Cheney Cabal
has wrought in Iraq would probably be made worse by an outright attack on Iran.
So, Gerson proposed, instead, a bank-shot – the "use of force" against
Syria "to disrupt the trail of suicide bombers" Gerson claims are
"passing through Syria" on their way to "murder" Americans.
But Gary Leupp, a Professor of History at Tufts University and Adjunct Professor
of Comparative Religion, notes
that Gerson was rated in 2005 by Time magazine to be one of the top 25
Christian evangelicals in America.
"As a member of the White House Iraq Group, tasked to disseminate
frightening disinformation about Iraq preparatory to the attack on Iraq
in March 2003, he proposed the "smoking gun turns into a mushroom cloud"
metaphor used by Bush, Cheney and Rice in late 2002 to frighten the nation
"Gerson wants to transform the Greater Middle East, that biblical
prophecy might be fulfilled and Jesus comes back soon. According to the
Book of Revelation, there must be a great war surrounding Israel before
that happens, involving kings to the east of the Tigris and Euphrates. That
implies war with Persia (Iran). So he wants the U.S. to provoke war with
Iran, but if that's not doable just now, he wants an attack on Syria."
Now, Leupp does not charge that the fulfillment-of-biblical-prophecy convictions of speechwriter and propagandist Gerson are held by Bush, himself.
Of course not. The "God" Bush talks to every day – who tells him
what to do, who assures him that he is doing the right thing in sending thousands
of American servicemen to their deaths in Iraq, in collaterally ending the lives
of many, many thousands of Muslims – is not Gerson’s "God." Is not
Of course not.