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Holy War: Israeli-Hezbollah And 9/11

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There has been incessant discussion over why the United States should support Israel in the current scuffle they are having with Hezbollah. I would have to say that my "favorite" reason for supporting the senseless slaying of innocent Lebanese is religious divination.

It seems specific groups of Christians have the thought in their heads that Israel fighting Hezbollah is a sign that Jesus’ second coming is just around the corner. Armageddon is approaching and we should embrace it full force.

I first heard about this phenomenon on ABC World News and Nightline. The story was called, “Save Israel for Jesus?” Upon further investigation, I found many references from various Christian sects as to why we should support Israel. Some pages, such as John Hagee’s Ministries page, even contain quotes taken from the Bible listing "proof" of the sanctity of Israel and Jesus’ love for the land.

This is their motivation for war. This is their motivation for death. This is their motivation for sacrifice. Frankly, it disgusts me. I do not care if people want to be Christian, but to have their faith justify murder is about as senseless as allowing a child molester to move next door to an elementary school.

Not to say that all Christians are wrong, since it is not every Christian that is supporting murder. However, the ones who do are giving the already shoddy face of Christianity an even uglier look. Ironically, it makes me think of 9/11 because this type of Christianity and the Muslim terrorists’ agendas are similar in their own right.

9/11 was horrific. I knew someone who was in the World Trade Center who managed to escape. I recall the pandemonium that ensued in Dayton, Ohio, in the area where I lived at the time, just outside Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

The media and government claim the cause for 9/11 was jihad. Though they were not considered overtly religious by Islamics who knew them, they were trained to fight jihad and it is clear that anti-Western sentiment led to act on U.S. soil. They were fighting a holy war against the United States and they justified their unconscionable acts in light of their own skewed religious beliefs. Does this not sound remarkably similar to why these Christians believe we should support the Israeli effort to destroy Lebanon…uh…I mean Hezbollah?

In my way of thinking, neither group is right: no religion should have the right to dictate the killing of innocent people, even if they are trying to wipe out the bad guys in the process.

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  • Les Slater

    Neither 9/11 nor the Christian support for Israel have anything fundamental to do with the state of the world at the moment.

    These are secondary to, and a reflection of, the fact that declining imperialism is ruthlessly trying to shore up its markets and resources, and, on the other hand, the resistance to it.

    The perpetrators of 9/11 had their own agenda and it had nothing to do with resisting imperialism. Some Christian religious leaders are just sucking up to the reactionary government they look up to. Nothing new.

  • Les Slater

    The above should be ‘some Christian support’, not ‘the Christian support’.

  • http://www.literaryillusions.com/dominicks_dubbins.html Dominick Evans

    Les,

    I agree with you, but I think what I’m trying to say is that the excuses are similar and that to me is troublesome.

    Of course, there is nothing new with finding excuses and justification for anything these days. It was just a bit ironic that the justification both used was religious beliefs. That was my reflection as opposed to my actual views on why I believe 9/11 happened and what my actual views are on the Israel-Hezbollah situation.

    Irregardless of why, the fact that the Islamic terrorists said it was jihad and the Christian Evangelicals say it is Jesus’ second coming innocent civilians have died and the acceptance of this for religious reasons is disturbing.

  • Les Slater

    Dominick,

    That is why it is so important to get to the essence of the situation.

    The religious justifications depend on not knowing what’s really going on.

    Les

  • http://www.literaryillusions.com/dominicks_dubbins.html Dominick Evans

    Les,

    Very true, but I think those who are trying to justify the situation don’t have any idea what is truly happening. They just take what they are hearing. It’s hard to know the severity of any situation. Even if you’re there as witness.

    Just look at how many theories there are swirling around about 9/11. How many people were witness to the atrocities and they still aren’t sure what exactly happened or why it happened. Various media sources say one thing. The governments of this nation and others have their own assessments. The educated have studied sources and offer yet another view.

    So what should we believe? What can we believe? It’s too early to justify anything in my opinion, and further…some things just cannot be justified. Period.

    Dominick

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org Timmy

    How about “they started it” as a reason? Does that float your boat? It does no good to start arguments on religion. Nobody wins. You should read a book or two on Christianity and Islam before you make generalizations based on TV “news” shows.

  • http://www.literaryillusions.com/dominicks_dubbins.html Dominick Evans

    Timmy,

    Well there is truth in the fact that some Christians are in Washington urging the government to support Israel for religious reasons. There are also many websites and ministry pages listing the same reasons for supporting Israel. Just doing a quick search on the web brings up innumerable results on the topic.

    I’ve read many books on both Christianity and Islam and grew up in a Christian household. I have Evangelical relatives who I’m sure are already on the band wagon to Washington.

    We can come up with a million he said, she said scenarios, but the fact still remains that deaths are wrongly justified for religious purposes.

    It’s not a new concept. Just look at the crusades and many other wars fought strictly on religious principles. That does not make it any less disturbing.

  • Les Slater

    Dominick #5

    “So what should we believe? What can we believe? It’s too early to justify anything in my opinion, and further…some things just cannot be justified. Period.”

    I’m heading on the road for a 10-hour drive but you can look at some of my comments in other threads:

    here and here

    [LES: Please follow Blogcritics protocol by making your links active, not raw and ugly. If you need a reminder, this is a great place to read up on it htmlcodetutorial.com. Thanks. Comments Editor]

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org Timmy

    Some Christians most definitely are supporting Israel, so why is that a bad thing? Christians support the ideology that most closely resembles their own. And yes, innocents get killed in war. It’s unfortunate and unfair. There’s no good solution in this case. I’m not sure what you are getting at by criticizing Christians for supporting Israel.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    A tiny number of Christians who have no meaningful role in government or politics hold these crazy beliefs. I’m not sure why it’s relevant.

    Dave

  • http://www.literaryillusions.com/dominicks_dubbins.html Dominick Evans

    Timmy,

    It is because they are supporting the death of innocent people because a book told them they should.

    I’m not just criticizing the Christians. They are just an example I use. I also don’t believe all Christians feel this way. It’s a certain group of Christians.

    I criticize the belief that jihad is okay as well. Perhaps its my John Lennon-esque ‘Give Peace a Chance’ attitude, but I disagree with war in general. It’s pointless in many instances, especially over religious doctrine. There are many other ways to handle a situation without killing each other for it.

    Dominick

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    I pulled this from a comment I posted at Dave Nalle’s article on Lebanon today. This is a more intelligent view of the matter you present above. It was received courtesy of Rabbi Rachamim Pauli.

    ‘World Opinion’ is Worthless
    By Dennis Prager

    If you are ever morally confused about a major world issue, here is a rule that is almost never violated: Whenever you hear that “world opinion” holds a view, assume it is morally wrong.

    And here is a related rule if your religious or national or ethnic group ever suffers horrific persecution: “World opinion” will never do a thing for you. Never.

    “World opinion” has little or nothing to say about the world’s greatest evils and regularly condemns those who fight evil.

    The history of “world opinion” regarding the greatest mass murders and cruelties on the planet is one of relentless apathy.
    Ask the 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks;

    a.. or the 6 million Ukrainians slaughtered by Stalin;
    b.. or the tens of millions of other Soviet citizens killed by Stalin’s Soviet Union;
    c.. or the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their helpers throughout Europe;
    d.. or the 60 million Chinese butchered by Mao;
    e.. or the 2 million Cambodians murdered by Pol Pot;
    f.. or the millions killed and enslaved in Sudan;
    g.. or the Tutsis murdered in Rwanda’s genocide;
    h.. or the millions starved to death and enslaved in North Korea;
    i.. or the million Tibetans killed by the Chinese;
    j.. or the million-plus Afghans put to death by Brezhnev’s Soviet Union.
    Ask any of these poor souls, or the hundreds of millions of others slaughtered, tortured, raped and enslaved in the last 100 years, if “world opinion” did anything for them.

    On the other hand, we learn that “world opinion” is quite exercised over Israel’s unintentional killing of a few hundred Lebanese civilians behind whom hides Hezbollah – a terror group that intentionally sends missiles at Israeli cities and whose announced goals are the annihilation of Israel and the Islamicization of Lebanon. And, of course, “world opinion” was just livid at American abuses of some Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. In fact, “world opinion” is constantly upset with America and Israel, two of the most decent countries on earth, yet silent about the world’s cruelest countries.

    Why is this?

    Here are four reasons:

    First, television news.

    It is difficult to overstate the damage done to the world by television news. Even when not driven by political bias – an exceedingly rare occurrence globally – television news presents a thoroughly distorted picture of the world. Because it is almost entirely dependent upon pictures, TV news is only capable of showing human suffering in, or caused by, free countries. So even if the BBC or CNN were interested in showing the suffering of millions of Sudanese blacks or North Koreans – and they are not interested in so doing – they cannot do it because reporters cannot visit Sudan or North Korea and video freely. Likewise, China’s decimation and annexation of Tibet, one of the world’s oldest ongoing civilizations, never made it to television.

    Second, “world opinion” is shaped by the same lack of courage that shapes most individual human beings’ behavior. This is another aspect of the problem of the distorted way news is presented. It takes courage to report the evil of evil regimes; it takes no courage to report on the flaws of decent societies. Reporters who went into Afghanistan without the Soviet Union’s permission were killed. Reporters would risk their lives to get critical stories out of Tibet, North Korea and other areas where vicious regimes rule. But to report on America’s bad deeds in Iraq (not to mention at home) or Israel’s is relatively effortless, and you surely won’t get killed. Indeed, you may well win a Pulitzer Prize.

    Third, “world opinion” bends toward power. To cite the Israel example, “world opinion” far more fears alienating the largest producers of oil and 1 billion Muslims than it fears alienating tiny Israel and the world’s 13 million Jews. And not only because of oil and numbers. When you offend Muslims, you risk getting a fatwa, having your editorial offices burned down or receiving death threats. Jews don’t burn down their critics’ offices, issue fatwas or send death threats, let alone act on such threats.

    Fourth, those who don’t fight evil condemn those who do. “World opinion” doesn’t confront real evils, but it has a particular animus toward those who do – most notably today America and Israel.

    The moment one recognizes “world opinion” for what it is – a statement of moral cowardice, one is longer enthralled by the term. That “world opinion” at this moment allegedly loathes America and Israel is a badge of honor to be worn proudly by those countries. It is when “world opinion” and its news media start liking you that you should wonder if you’ve lost your way.

    (Thanks to Judy F.)

  • http://www.literaryillusions.com/dominicks_dubbins.html Dominick Evans

    Ruvy,

    I didn’t say I was siding with Hezbollah. In fact, I remain impartial because I think that innocent life on either side has been lost. Hezbollah fighting for their religious beliefs and killing innocent Israeli children and citizens is just as bad in my opinion.

    However, I think if you are smart enough (you in a general sense) then you’ll find a way around the innocent victims to find the true enemies so you can handle the situation in a more diplomatic way.

    My aunt is Jewish. Do you think I disservice her by not steadfastly supporting Israel? It has nothing to do with her or anyone else I may know and love who is Jewish. It has everything to do with finding justification in murder through religion.

    As for America getting bashed, I am American. Does my views make me anti-American because I don’t agree with what we’re doing (especially in relation to Iraq)?

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org Timmy

    Dominick,

    Please don’t confuse murder with killing.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Dominick,

    I’m not calling you anything. I merely suggest that Reuven Prager’s approach is more intelligent than yours.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Dominick,

    Your title for this peice “Holy War: Israel-HizbAllah…” is more accurate than you may realize.

    Increasingly, instruments of state control in Israel are coming under public (Israeli) fire. The Chief Rabbis are the employees of the State, under the Prime Minister. See the following article.

    Aug. 8, 2006 0:15 | Updated Aug. 8, 2006 18:58
    IDF Chief Rabbi evicted from funeral
    By ISAAC APTER AND JPOST.COM STAFF

    IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Weiss was evicted from the funeral of slain reserve soldier Yehuda Greenfeld on Monday by the soldier’s family, Army Radio reported Tuesday.

    Greenfeld’s sister, in an emotional outburst, blamed Rabbi Weiss for the eviction of Jews from Gush Katif and screamed at him to leave.

    “I don’t want you here,” she shouted. “You’re driving people out of Gush Katif. I want you to remove yourself from my brother’s funeral. I want you to get out of here.”

    Rabbi Weiss expressed shock at the way in which Greenfeld’s sister treated him.

    “The way in which it was done was not appropriate,” Weiss explained in an interview. “They humiliated me. You can say to a person in the most humane and cultured way in the world, ‘Please get out of here,’ but to do this in front of a crowd of people – this is [tantamount to] murder.”

    Although the family did not issue an apology to the IDF chaplain, Rabbi Weiss emphasized that love for one’s fellow Jews was of paramount importance in these times.

    “Paradoxically, it is important for me to express to the family the great love that I feel for them,” Rabbi Weiss said. “Everyone must examine his own actions, and I am certain that [Greenfeld’s] sister, too, will understand that ‘a person should be brought to the furnace [rather than] humiliate his friend.'”

    Later Tuesday, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar denounced Greenfeld’s public humiliation of Rabbi Weiss, and called on all Jews to show respect for one another.

    On Monday, hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Herzl to pay their final respects to Greenfeld, one of 12 reservists killed by a single Katyusha rocket in Kfar Giladi on Sunday. The 27-year-old reservist is survived by his wife, Gavriella, and their children, two-year-old Reyah and four-month-old Ron Avihai.

    The funeral, however, took a political turn as family members vented their grief.

    “I am begging, in front of your friends who are soldiers, come home now before you come home in a coffin,” Shoshi Greenfeld cried at her brother’s funeral.

    Shoshi Greenfeld, a freelance journalist for the Mekor Rishon newspaper and the Arutz Sheva Internet radio station, said the war with Hizbullah was just one in the series of “pogroms” against Israel and the Jewish people that included the second intifada, disengagement, and the proposed withdrawal in Judea and Samaria.

    In her last conversation with her brother, she said she “beseeched him to come home,” because serving in Lebanon right now was inconsistent with both of their political views. She said that soldiers from Judea and Samaria were being sent to fight, and in return they were being evacuated from their homes.

    Shoshi shouted that Yehuda had died for a state that would soon drive his widow and children from their home in Ma’aleh Michmash in Samaria.

    “What does Olmert care?” she asked.

    Her words were well received and were followed by a cry of “Correct!”

    Yedidiah, Greenfeld’s brother-in-law, questioned the importance of the current war.

    “What is the purpose? Why are we fighting against Nasrallah? If it weren’t Nasrallah, it would be someone else,” he said. He told the attendees, “Everyone who dies brings closer the end of you all.”

    Greenfeld’s brother, Yitzchak, however, differed. He began his eulogy with tears but soon turned to the history of the Jewish people.

    “We are in a war. This war began a few thousand years ago. We have not had a moment of quiet. We left Egypt and arrived here in Israel and have been fighting ever since,” he said.

    Yitzchak challenged those who do not wish to go to the army and fight, bellowing, “Whoever does not want to fight – go home! We will fight for this country because it is ours!”

    Greenfeld’s wife Gavriella spoke of the “messianic destiny of the kingdom of David” and the coming of the messiah. She asked her departed husband to pray for the kingdom of David to return and to replace the current “corrupt” government.

    She ended her words with: “As Yehuda said, ‘Fight your battles with courage.'”

    Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger was the first of three rabbis to eulogize Greenfeld.

    Metzger began by speaking about Greenfeld’s gentle disposition, saying, “It was not a passive quiet, but rather a quiet that spoke of respect.”

    Metzger said Greenfeld had injured his hand and shoulder during a recent vacation and then was called up for reserve duty. Family members pressed him not to go because of his injury but he insisted on serving.

    The chief rabbi then spoke of Greenfeld’s unwavering commitment to Torah. He studied at the Merkaz Harav and Ateret Kohanim yeshivot in Jerusalem, and at another in Eilat.

    “Yehuda did not separate from a page of Gemara and Torah any day of his life,” said Metzger.

    “Almighty, enough of our sorrows!” cried Metzger. “Enough of these foreign enemies who do not distinguish between innocent civilians and fighting soldiers.”

    Not everyone appreciated Metzger’s words, however. Mourners could be heard calling the chief rabbi’s words “nonsense.”

    Jenny Merkin and Yael Wolynetz contributed to this report.