Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Don't Mention Israel

The Guardian 'explains' why Trump - who couldn't find Iran on a map of the world even if he wanted to wipe it off said map - wants the Iran nuclear deal scrapped:

"Trump believes the agreement is a bad deal, which falls short of addressing Iran's regional behaviour or its missile program. He is emboldened by a group of Iran hawks in his inner circle, such as the national security adviser, John Bolton, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. Critics also say it is another example of Trump dismantling Barack Obama's legacy - the Iran deal was his signature foreign policy achievement." (The Iran deal explained: what is it and why does trump want to scrap it? Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 9/5/18)

"Trump believes..."? In Trump. Full stop. End of story.

Now note how coy the Guardian is on the subject of Bolton and Pompeo. "Iran hawks" doesn't begin to do justice to either.

I've already sketched the former's Zio-con affiliations (AEI/PNAC/JINSA/ZOA) in my 28/3/18 post Bolton Out of the Blue. But there's a further, loopier dimension to this rabid warmonger: "Bolton was shepherded into politics by Senator Jesse Helms, a passionate Christian Zionist and a hero of Jerry Fallwell's, who once admiringly described Bolton as 'the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon...'" (Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism, Victoria Clark, 2007, p 250)

If Bolton lies at the interface between the US Zio-cons and its Trumpist Christian Zionist hordes, Evangelical Islamophobe Pompeo is, it seems, the real Christian Zionist deal:

"The threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer. They abhor Christians and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure we know that Jesus Christ as our savior is truly the only solution for the world." (Pompeo in 2014, quoted in Bolton & Pompeo comments on Islam alarm American Muslims, Tom Gjelten,, 6/4/18)

"This evil [Islam] is all around us. We will continue to fight these battles. It is a never-ending struggle... until the rapture." (Pompeo in 2015, speaking at the Summit Church's God & Country Rally.)

Certainly, Netanyahu is the only political leader anywhere on the planet in raptures over Trump's latest move, but, hey, don't expect the Guardian to factor that into its pathetic little explainer.


Grappler said...

One of the strange aspects of this Christian Zionist cult is that its ideology bears little resemblance to Christianity in a New Testament sense. Its adherents seem to be ignorant of the largely negative view of Jesus by Judaic scholars over the centuries as a false prophet and imposter. Islam, on the other hand venerates Jesus, and regards him as second only to Mohammad.

MERC said...

I'm afraid that, with this Christian Zionist crowd, it's OT first, NT second, which translates politically in the US as Israel first, US second. Sheer nonsense, of course, but with the kind of all-too-real consequences we are now seeing. Typically, though, like the Zionist lobby with which it shares a marriage of convenience, CZ's long march through US politics to the highest levels of government is generally overlooked by the msm. Victoria Clark's book should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in US affairs.