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April 11, 2008
WAWA Blog April 11, 2008: A Guest Blogger "Undamming the River of Hypocrisy" follows a "Rapturous night for US evangelicals in West Bank" and my spin on The Sermon on The Mount

Rapturous night for US evangelicals in West Bank

by Joseph Krauss

The speakers throbbed as teenage girls in buckskin fringe and cowboy hats danced a hoedown in an occupied West Bank gym packed with American evangelicals keen to show support for Israel.

The more than 100 Christians who travelled to the Ariel settlement in the heart of the occupied territory last week were led there by biblical prophecy and by megachurch pastor John Hagee, the evening's guest of honour.

Evangelical Christians may feel they have been left out in the cold by US election fever, with none of the three remaining candidates generating the excitement of President George W. Bush's successful 2004 run.

But in Ariel they received an enthusiastic welcome, not only because of the millions of dollars they have given the settlement, but because of pastor Hagee's firm opposition to giving anything to the Palestinians.

"They believe in God's word in the Bible, and in God's promise to the Jewish people that the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel," master of ceremony and head of the Ariel Development Fund Dina Shalit told the crowd.

Ariel's mayor Ron Nachman added, "And only to the people of Israel!" to a thunderous roll of applause.

Then the stage was cleared for the "For Zion's Sake" dance troupe, which had prepared a special number for the Texans in the crowd, including Hagee, who leads the 19,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.

The crowd clapped along as the dancing cowgirls stamped to a Hebrew rock song across an indoor basketball court decked with American and Israeli flags, the first of several local acts to entertain the Americans.

In the audience were members of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), a nationwide American evangelical movement launched by Hagee to support the Jewish state, one that boasts over 400 Christian leaders.

They had come to see a vast new sports and recreation centre under construction in the heart of the settlement and largely funded by Hagee, whose name is emblazoned on the side of its main building, and his followers.

Since founding CUFI in February 2006 the millionaire pastor has become a key ally of Israel in the United States.

He has opposed conceding any occupied land to the Palestinians, citing a biblical injunction against dividing the "land of Israel," and has branded Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a "new Hitler" who must be stopped.

"Believe me, my dear friends, he is amazing," mayor Nachman said as he called Hagee to the stage.

"I'm delighted to be in Ariel tonight, the heartland of America in Judea and Samaria," Hagee drawled in the sandpaper baritone of a country preacher, referring to the West Bank by its biblical name.

On the hot-button issues of the decades-old Middle East conflict Hagee tells the people of Ariel -- a town built on land seized by Israel in the 1967 war and considered illegal under international law -- what they want to hear.

"May Jerusalem forever be undivided, always under Jewish control, and may it never be traded off for any reason, to anyone, not ever," he says to rising applause.

He then slammed Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005, saying all it brought was a "monsoon season of raining rockets" from Palestinian militants.

Hagee has in the past drawn fire in the United States for linking the Catholic Church to the Holocaust and for saying that the Koran gives Muslims a "scriptural mandate" to kill Christians and Jews.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, after welcoming Hagee's endorsement, last month released a statement saying he did not wish to "suggest that I in turn agree with all of pastor Hagee's views, which I obviously do not."

A day before Hagee's visit to Ariel, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish religious organisation in the United States with over 1.5 million members, denounced him and his followers.

"On Israeli-Palestinian politics, John Hagee and the CUFI are extremists," he told a conference of American rabbis in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"Israel's greatest friends and most important defenders are not the fundamentalists and extremists and those who take their orders directly from God, but those who work for an end to this terrible conflict," he added.

In Israel Hagee was nevertheless granted face-to-face meetings with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

And days after visiting Ariel he announced that his church would be donating six million dollars to Israeli organisations at an event in Jerusalem in which he appeared alongside right-wing Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hagee's support for Israel is rooted in a specific reading of the Bible that predicts a "rapture" in which all true Christians will be whisked away from the world before a cosmic end of days showdown between Israel and its enemies.;


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Undamming the River of Hypocrisy
By Peter Chamberlin, Lifetime antiwar activist, 30 year letter and op-ed writer.
We have to develop a dual track approach in our fight against America’s war for Israel.  We have to be faithful to our usual frontal assault upon Zionist imperialism, where we call a fascist a fascist, while we develop a separate more discreet approach, where we try to break through into the mainstream press, by tailoring our words and our arguments to fit within the politically correct medium.
We box ourselves in, whenever we frame our arguments or questions using questionable or unsettled terms.  If our intention is to nail the monsters that run this war, then we must resist the urge to ask all-encompassing questions that we think will vindicate our most complex theories in one fell swoop.  We need to keep our questions separated.  If we seek to get questions into the national media to generate antiwar opinions, but they are based on unanswered questions (911 theories) or unresolved debate (anti-Zionism), then we are providing an escape clause with our queries.  No matter how pointed such a question might be, it will not penetrate and it will not get answered.
If our intent is to prove Israeli involvement in the 911 attacks, to bolster our case about an Israeli takeover of American foreign policy, then our argument requires us to first disprove the official version of the attacks before we can address our central point.
If we fight the war for Israel by the racist plan to ethnically cleanse all Arabs from the coveted land, then we might eventually prove our point, but at what cost, and how much longer would it take?  How will fighting ideas of racial or ethnic supremacy block ongoing war plans for Lebanon and Palestine?  If we see the victimized Palestinian people as brothers and sisters in resistance to Zionist plans for the world, then we know that we have to speak-up for their cause now, here in America, knowing for certain that their cause is our cause.  They are on the frontline in the American/Israeli war against the world.  We are on the frontline of the moral battle for our nation’s soul.
We have to outthink them, by seeing the American/Israeli plans for what they are and then planning around them.  If their plans are to inflame the Islamic world, in order to ignite a holy war between Christianity and Islam, then we must unite with peaceful Christians and Muslims to wage global peace.  Their plans for world conquest begin and end with the Zionist domination of the US Congress.  There, “hate laws,” based on the new premise that anti-Zionism is “anti-Semitism,” are fought for, to prevent criticism of their Israel-centric plans, while they kill the Bill of Rights.
The State Dept. report, “Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism,”     lays out the official US government position:
“Anti-Semitism only applies to Jews; criticism of Zionism or Israeli policy promotes prejudice against all Jews; criticism of Israel as barbaric and unprincipled associates negative attributes with Jews; claims of dual loyalty, and undue influence on government policy and the media is classic anti-Semitism; reinforcing the notion that the Jewish state is one of the sources, if not the greatest source, of abuse of the rights of others, or comparing contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis [even if it is true] encourages anti-Semitism.” 
The report inadvertently gives a partial explanation of the global upsurge of anti-Semitic incidents, by pointing-out the rise in international reactions to Israel’s brutal invasion of Lebanon in 2006.  If telling the truth about Israeli actions validates certain verboten claims about controlling governments and the press, or for daring to describe brutal policies as “fascist,” then it is not anti-Semitic to say so.  Telling the truth about Israel’s war, or our own war for Israel, is the path to peace and sanity.
In the end, we will either overcome the anti-Semite strategy, or be overcome by it, as it buys the time necessary for them to kick-start the real war for Israel.  I believe that Zionist attempts to control national debate by creating an anti-Semitic scare will be self-defeating, serving to eventually alert more people to the true evil we face.  Just as the mendacity and the attempts at imperial overreach alerted Americans to the true nature of the neocons, the same bold missteps by the Zionist masters of deception will have the same effect.
America boxes itself in with the angry sea of implacable enemies that it creates.  This is our strategy in the war on terrorism, but it came from the Likud Party of Israel.  It uses front groups to cause resistance to blow up around us, as a way to find potential resisters.    This mirrors past American political manipulations in Europe (and elsewhere), where we created militant right-wing groups to stage political assassinations and “false flag” attacks upon left-wing opponents, to ignite conflicts where political enemies (resistance) can be identified.  (See:Gladio- Death Plan for Democracy)    
This is the cornerstone of our aggressive foreign policy.
In Iraq and Afghanistan the United States followed this policy by creating death squads and militias, based on religion and tribal loyalties, to fight their neighbors under American direction, on the American payroll.  As local defenders took to the streets to resist the occupation forces, American air power was used to eliminate entire neighborhoods where the resistance was taking place.  This phase of the war is meant to be a catalyst for bringing out those who would never submit to American/Israeli domination, so that they could be targeted and separated by massive walls.  This policy is key to the unfolding Israeli/American conflict planned for Lebanon.
This plan was perfected in Palestine, where it was used successfully to divide the Palestinian people and to splinter the Palestinian Authority.  Gaza became a free-fire Zone, while the West Bank was freed-up for settlement expansion.  A combination of bad faith diplomacy and the liberal use of military firepower, was successfully used to gain land for Israeli expansion and a constant flood of American weaponry to use in taking it.  In Lebanon, the country remains destabilized and divided, while Israel goes forward with its plans for all the land up to the Litani River and all that wonderful water.
The United States has incorporated the strategy and tactics from Israel’s war on terror into our own, with the same results, the Muslim world is rising up in self-defense against us.  We have destroyed every friendship with the Muslim world, by pursuing a strategy to violate their societies, to what end?
What is the unspoken objective of prosecuting a war in this foolish manner?  If the plan is still for some sort of victory, it will require a massive military response to quell the opposition that we continue to generate.  Here the true believers in the “shock and awe” doctrine will once again have a chance to impress the locals with a demonstration of their power, only this time, they will get to play with the nukes.
Has the secret plan always been to identify the democratic opposition to US aggression in the Middle East, or has this situation actually the result of a series of mistakes, or as a result of misdirection?  If the answer is that the real war plan has always been to eliminate the millions of civilians who stand between the US and world domination, then it becomes plain that our government will be remembered as history’s worst.
In the face of Bush and Cheney’s obvious determination to escalate the war beyond anyone’s control, while the power remains in their hands, the whole world waits to see an American uprising of sorts, to separate our government from Israel.  The entire world is watching to determine whether our entire nation is corrupt, whether our so-called “Christian nation” serves the cause of Christ, or the god of hypocrisy.
Our task then is to awaken the dormant consciences of the American people, with appeals made to either patriotism or religious belief.  The shock of the monstrous plans of our elected leaders must be great enough to compel millions to action to save this Republic from the corruption that we have given free rein to.  The river of hidden truths that are backing up behind the dam of political correctness will wash away the countless cover-ups that are buried within the rubric of the “official version of events.”  

My Spin on The Beatitudes/Sermon on The Mount

About 2,000 years ago, when Christ was about 33, he hiked up a hill and sat down under an olive tree and began to teach the people;

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven."

In other words: it is those who know their own spiritual poverty, their own limitations and sins honestly and trust God loves them in spite of themselves who already live in the Kingdom of God.
How comforted we will all be, when we see, we haven't got a clue, as to the depth and breadth of pure love and mercy of The Divine Mystery of The Universe. God's name in ancient Aramaic is Abba which means Daddy as much as Mommy and He/She: The Lord has said, "My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not yours." -Isaiah 55:8

Christ proclaimed more: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."

The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge. In other words: how happy you will be when you also know humility; when you know yourself, the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled."

In other words: how happy you will be when your greatest desire is to do what "God requires, and he has already told you what that is; BE JUST, BE MERCIFUL and walk humbly with your Lord."-Micah 6:8

"Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy." In other words: how happy you will all be when you choose to return only kindness to your 'enemy.'

"For with the measure you measure against another, it will be measured back to you." Christ warns his disciples as he explains the law of karma in Luke 6:27-38.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they see God."

In other words: how happy you will be when you WAKE UP and see God is already within you, within every man, every woman and every child. The Supreme Being is everywhere, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Beyond The Universe -and yet so small; within the heart of every atom.

"Blessed are The Peacemakers: THEY shall be called the children of God."

Oh how happy the WORLD will be when we all seek justice and pursue it, for there can be none without the other.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires, theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven."

And one fine day the lion will lie down with The Lamb and man will make war no more and that is the Kingdom of God.


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