Cheney is showing up on ships and bases and crowing against Iran. The United States Navy is conducting exercises miles from the Iranian coast. The American army is in Iraq to the west, and in Afghanistan to the east. The right wing pundits relentlessly push confrontation with Iran. Christian groups openly call for the end of the Iranian state.
Iran hasn’t helped itself, of course. The Iranian leadership has called for the elimination of the state of Israel, and has defied United Nations resolutions regarding its uranium enrichment program. They have engaged in a war of words with the Bush Administration that seems to sometimes defy logic. Still, which country has more to be concerned about from the other?
The neo-conservative author Mike Evans has written a book called The Final Move beyond Iraq: The Final Solution While the World Sleeps. On the back cover he urges that “the U.S. must strike Iran within the next twelve months.” The book is on several bestseller lists. Can anyone remember the last political group who used the term “The final solution?”
Evans also takes the position that stabilization in Iraq would be a bad thing. He seems to be insinuating that getting Iraq to “police itself’ shouldn’t be the main goal in Iraq. It is part of a bigger strategy that doesn’t have an American military departure from Iraq as part of its plan. This is the same kind of thinking that has the United States building permanent bases in Iraq. They don’t want the troops to leave, and they don’t want a peaceful Iraq.
Christian jihadist Mina Nevisa has a new book too, Miracle of Miracles. On the website www.touchofchrist.net newsletter page is the heading “The Middle East belongs to Christ.” In the body of the letter are statements like this. “The Middle East belongs to Jesus and the power of Islam is beginning to break. The spirit of the Lord has whispered to our hearts that a great transformation is in progress. The huge financial resources of the Muslim world will be transferred to the born-again ex-Muslims.”
Speaking on the radio talk show Janet Parshall’s America, the author talked about the leaders of Iran saying “they couldn’t start a Honda,” but warned us of how dangerous they are. Some other gems said by either the other or the visceral Parshall were a prayer to “bring them to their knees and declare victory,” and push holy Christian war “in the name of the Holy Spirit.” They also spoke of the need to bring down the holy Islamic Mosque in the middle of old Jerusalem.
Most end-time Christians believe that the mosque must be torn down so that a new Jewish temple can be built on the site. They see it as a crucial sign that Christ is about to return to save them. There are already groups planning for the construction of the “new temple.” Before you dismiss the comments as the ravings of a hack radio harpee, you should know that Parshall has a very big following and has met with the president at the White House.
ABC News on Tuesday reported that the Bush Administration has covert operations underway in Iran now. This really doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but it should raise concern. It’s not to say there aren’t real concerns with Iran, but the rush to confrontation isn’t the approach that should be taken. Dueling fundamentalist ideologies get us nowhere.
If you take the rhetoric coming from Iran and change a few words around, it sounds just like the rhetoric coming from the American war machine. While Iran is a danger to the region as needs to be dealt with in a sensible manner, there is little chance they will be bombing America. However, there is a very good chance America will soon be bombing them. The nexus of fundamentalist thought and military might is a dangerous force indeed.
Can you imagine if Iran had naval vessels off the American coast, troops in Mexico and Canada, and a robust movement from religious groups pushing for an attack? We would be rightfully concerned. Crusades and jihads need to go the way of the dinosaurs. Before those who so badly want holy wars push the rest of us to that end.