As I write this, Hamas is busy launching rockets from Gaza toward Israel, and Israeli jets are busy turning parts of Gaza into piles of rubble. I have family in Israel, and they all live within reach of the Hamas rockets. Now, I’m not going to turn this article into a who is right and who is wrong debate. All I have to say that the majority of those people (both in Gaza and in Israel) affected by this recent chapter in the simmering conflict are the unfortunate victims caught in the middle of a battle between extremists on both sides.
Like Syria, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and others are/were proxy wars pitting the West versus Russia and/or China, Hamas vs the IDF is a proxy war pitting fundamentalist Christianity and Judaism versus Islam. Every time the ongoing conflict in Israel hits the news, people like Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and other fundamentalist Christians get a tingly feeling in that dark, empty place their soul should be.
Israel vs Hamas and Hezbollah is an extension of the feud between Israel and Iran, which is also wrapped in with the West vs. fundamentalist Islam. Ideology and greed make for strange alliances and this is especially true of the current partnership involving the American military-industrial complex, oil interests and fundamentalist Christianity. For all three, conflict in the Middle East serves a purpose. For the first two, it is profit but for those who subscribe to an extreme and twisted form of Christ’s teachings, they see it as the fulfilling of a prophecy – and there’s some financial profit involved as well.
Take for example, Hal Lindsey. Hal Lindsey has been preaching the shrill “Jesus is coming any day now” message for the past few decades, and guess who his fellow columnist over at
Hal Lindsey, a Texas-based evangelist famous for his 1970 treatise, The Late Great Planet Earth, has been beating the Damascus drum for years. He addressed the subject head-on in a 2008 column at WorldNetDaily (where Santorum is also a columnist), inspired by fears that then-President-elect Obama might bring the world closer to a war between Israel and Iran.
As Lindsey explained, the prophesied ruination of Damascus did not mean the end for everyone else—it would just bring the world one step closer to the final confrontation. “[A]ccording to Bible prophecy, Iran survives the Israeli strike and plays a major role in the coming Russian-led Gog-Magog Alliance foretold by the Prophet Ezekiel,” he wrote. “Israel also survives, since the Gog-Magog Alliance eventually marches against it.” (Source)
Yes, you read that right. Rick “Frothy” Santorum, the failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Dan Savage’s whipping boy, and former senator from Pennsylvania. Like Hal Lindsey and others, Santorum subscribes to an extremely conservative, conspiracy-minded form of Christianity which is obvious over at WingNutDaily. This movement includes members of multiple denominations, including Catholics like Santorum, as well as members of various anti-government movements and white nationalists.
The common thread running through this coalition is a paranoid mistrust of government and a belief in a Middle East timeline of events which lead up to the return of Christ, also known as “end times prophecy.” This example from The Christian Post is just one out of many that show how married fundamentalist Christians are to the need for conflict in the Middle East, because they believe that this is the only way to fulfill prophecies.
Thus, this Middle East shake-up is part of God’s plan to align the region with an end-times treaty with Israel and with a brief period in which world leaders will believe “peace and security” has, at long last, been achieved. (So, in the near future, when the media proclaim that we have entered a new world; we will know better. But we will also realize Christ’s coming for us is very near.) (Source)
This is why we see such support for conflicts in the Middle East from the religious right and other members of this coalition. It isn’t because of a humanitarian concern, otherwise you’d see these same people flocking to help the refugees on our borders. There is a vested interest in a continuation and escalation of conflict. It is for profit and prophecy, and when you couple religious fanatics with industrial profiteers, it’s a recipe for disaster.
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