just when i was beginning to think the american people had come to their senses, with polls reflecting a majority now recognize
the country has been steered astray, i now see the very real threat
that the united states will be pushed into war with iran. jerry falwell
has an organization called the christians united for israel, and they
believe it’s just like 1938 in the middle east, and the new hitler is ahmedinejad in iran.
One speaker after another kept the focus on Islamo-fascism and Iran in
particular. Republican Party chairman Ken Mehlman noted that no country is more
feared by its Arab neighbors than Iran and called Iran the center of global
jihadism. Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said, “It is time for the United
States to stand with Israel and to go to the heart of the problem, which is
Iran.” Multiple speakers compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to
Hitler. Texas pastor and televangelist John Hagee, who founded Christians
United for Israel, said, “The ghost of Hitler is walking across Europe and
the Middle East.”
Hagee called the president of Iran “a new Hitler,” who
“intends to develop nuclear weapons to attack Israel and the United
“It’s almost like we’re in 1938 again. I always wondered
what I’d do,” said Greg Stephens, a delegate and San Diego
i went to israel six years ago, and loved the country and the people i met there. at one point ari, who was our guide, pointed out a fairly unremarkable hill and said that is tel megiddo, also known as har megiddo, popularly known as armageddon. it is, and i am guessing here, about 50 miles south of lebanon, near nazareth. if you believe in the book of revelations, it’s possible that all the missiles and bombs and shooting in that neighborhood are causing you to wonder if this is really it, the big one.
Christian evangelical support for Israel has sometimes been criticized
as springing from an end times theology that sees the state of Israel as a
precondition for the onset of Armageddon. While acknowledging that their
support for Israel is biblically based, leaders shrugged off questions about
“If you’re worried about the end of times, you need to focus
on President Ahmadinejad,” said Bauer.
president ahmadinejad is indeed a believer of the “twelver” sect, the return of a messianic figure known as mohammed ibn hasan:
His return will be preceded by cosmic chaos, war and
bloodshed. After a cataclysmic confrontation with evil and darkness,
the Mahdi will lead the world to an era of universal peace.
is similar to the Christian vision of the Apocalypse. Indeed, the
Hidden Imam is expected to return in the company of Jesus.
Ahmadinejad appears to believe that these events are close at hand and
that ordinary mortals can influence the divine timetable.
president bush makes no secret of his strong faith in evangelical christianity, and the pastors that gathered last week are going to return home to spread the word. the united states must stand strong behind israel. there is a new hitler, and he is the leader of iran. iran is controlling hezbollah. the end of days may be upon us.
i respect others’ beliefs just as i would have them respect mine. my belief is that if we open another front in iran, which is to say engage in the occupation of yet another country, it really will be the end of days for this crumbling empire, a self-fulfilling prophecy. if these people are successful in drawing us into an even larger war, the economy, social structure, and system of government will go to hell. dramatically more so than it already has been taken there.
and if jesus christ and mahdi and elijah with the messiah don’t happen to show up after world war III, it’s gonna be a bitch for us mortals to put things back together again.