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Pat Buchanan asks "Where are the Christians?"

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Out dated and old-fashioned paleoconservative Pat Buchanan asks: "But where are the Christians? Why is Pope Benedict virtually alone among Christian leaders to have spoken out against what is being done to Lebanese Christians and Muslims?"

Buchanan wants to know why American Christians aren't challenging "Israel's rampage against a defenseless Lebanon." Such carnage according to Buchanan started when Israel's prime minister "seized upon Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers to unleash the IDF in a preplanned attack to make the Lebanese people suffer . . ." Buchanan also wrote that Israel "is imposing deliberate suffering on civilians, collective punishment on innocent people, to force them to do something they are powerless to do: disarm the gunmen among them. Such a policy violates international law and comports neither with our values nor our interests. It is un-American and un-Christian."

How dare Buchanan suggest that provoking wars and imposing deliberate suffering is un-American. That is the old, I-have-a-conscience type of conservatism Buchanan is bleating. He needs to get with the times. The neo-attitude is that if provoking wars and imposing suffering is what it takes for me to live the good life, then get 'er done.

Closet classical liberal Buchanan also alleged that "Israel and her paid and pro-bono agents here appear determined to expand the Iraq war into Syria and Iran, and have America fight and finish all of Israel's enemies." He also said that already "Bush is ranting about Syria being behind the Hezbollah capture of the Israeli soldiers . . . Who is whispering in his ear?"

Besides me, there are the right Reverend John Hagee, the right Reverend Jerry Falwell and the Christians United for Israel (CUFI). But they don't have to whisper anymore. The day of election cometh, and cometh right soon. Even Dubya knows that you dance with them that brought you. John Hagee and Jerry Falwell are among those brought Dubya to the big dance. So they can speak as loudly as they please in preaching to the president and members of Congress that a war with Iran is necessary in order to get Armageddon rolling so Jesus can come again. According to writer Sarah Posner, "Hagee has spent the past six months mobilizing popular support for a war with Iran." Hagee argues that America and Israeli should launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran before it can develop any nuclear capability.

By mere convenient coincidence, CUFI is throwing a national hoe-down in Washington. The convention has been scheduled for some time and is believed the first time conservative Christians have come together to lobby Congress to fully support Israel and its middle east policies. Some thirty five-hundred conservative Christians attended the opening night, Wednesday, July, 19 where they danced and sung the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikva in Hebrew as they waved American and Israeli flags.

The conservative Christians ebulliently cheered speakers such as Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. who said that "Hezbollah is just as much America's enemy as it is Israel's." CUFI's executive director, David Brog, said: "Christians understand that the threats facing Israel today are the same threats facing America today. Israel's enemies are America's enemies"

Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania specified that "the enemy [is] Islamic fascists" and that "Iran as the genesis of the problem" because it allegedly backs Hezbollah. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlma n told the congregants that "This is a worldwide war . . ." and that "It was that on September 12, under the leadership of President George W. Bush, we finally made war on these terrorists in return." Mehlman also told them that the Bush administration "will stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons," " stand with Israel in the face of terrorist threats" and "take on the global jihad on our timetable, our terms and their territory, so we don't have to face them here."

Hagee said "The dots are there to be connected and it is not some big thing called terrorism. "It is Islamic fascism...all of the various things and forces that we've seen around the world are not merely hot spots but they are all part of a theme - a war against western civilization."

But it's more than a mere war against western civilization, according to former Israeli General Shimon Erem: "Why support Israel? Well, there are many reasons. There are biblical reasons, etc. But, I think one of the main reasons should be that we are on the side of God -- and God supports Israel."

Therefore, since God supports Israel and Jesus can't come until there is war with Israel, then why wait? As neo-conservative Bill Kristol wrote this week that "we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait?"

That's what John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, CUFI and I all say. Not to mention all those right wing media scribes who also are conveniently hellishly hyping World War III not long after polls showed Democrats would trounce Republicans if elections were held now. It was one of my best strategists who remembered Falwell back in 2003 saying in a piece entitled "Zion's Christian Soldiers" on 60 Minutes that "There are 70 million of us. And if there's one thing that brings us together quickly it's whenever we begin to detect our government becoming a little anti-Israel."

Anybody thinking that Falwell's spirit might have mellowed, he told the FUCI participants that "I will rebuke the State Department for any and every time it told Israel to stand down and show restraint." Hallelujah, amen, my devoted disciple, I couldn't have preached it any other way. The Devil forbid a Christian preacher advocate turning the other cheek when he could preach ten thousand eyes for every one of our eyes lost. Keep up the good work, my Canis lupus, and don't let those sheep skins itch you too much. You won't have to wear them much longer, now that we are about to achieve our goals.

Yours forever,

Lucifer B. Mephistopheles de Mammon

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