Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Is it all about the Messiah?

Thinking about the spate of recent opinion pieces, all by prominent Jewish writers, advocating a nuclear attack on Iran, and damn the anticipated horrible consequences for the United States (with no mention of the slightest moral qualms about the damage to the Iranian people, or the world), I can’t help but wonder if we are not in the middle of some kind of ritual.

There were two lies told to cause the attack on Iraq:  the Saddam-al Qaeda connection, and the WMDs.  Now we see two lies told about Iran (are two lies important?):  the alleged claim that the President of Iran called for Israel to be wiped off the map, and the claim that Iran is about to have nuclear weapons.  As in the case of Iraq, the liars know that these stories are outright lies, but persist in telling them as it is the only way they can encourage an attack on a sovereign country which is no threat to the United States.  The parallel in the lies makes them particularly outrageous (fortunately, the American elites are saying ‘fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me’).  Since there is no threat, and the writers know this, why do they keep calling for an apocalypse against the Iranian people?  Why do they keep calling for it when they know how unlikely it is?  Why are they giddy with self-righteousness over mass murder?

Could we be seeing a Jewish ritual to cause the Messiah to appear through the slaughter of the requisite number of Muslims?  What are the portents of the coming of the Messiah (emphasis in red; Rome = Washington?):

“The portents will be as follows :

(1) The rainbow – which is now tarnished, because it serves only as a memorial that the world will be destroyed no more by a deluge – will shine with very brilliant dyes, like a betrothed lady adorning herself to enter into the presence of her spouse.'

(2) A star will rise in the East and swallow up seven stars in the North.

(3) Presumably after a period, a fixed star will appear in the middle of the firmament and will be visible for seventy days. It will have seventy rays and will be surrounded by seventy other stars.

(4) The city of Rome will fall to pieces – an intimation which should be of moment to the hot gospel of certain protestant second-advent preachers, whose vestiges remain among us.

(5) A great King will rise up and will conquer the world. There will be war against Israel, but the chosen people shall be delivered. According to one account, the seventy celestial chiefs who rule the seventy nations of the earth will marshal all the legions of the world to make war on the sacred city of Jerusalem, but they will be exterminated by the power of the Holy One. It is written:   And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble. As such stubble, by such fire and flame shall the nations perish. Thereafter the King Messiah will cause Jerusalem to be rebuilt; the Holy One will remember that Covenant which He has made with Israel; and in such day will David be also raised up. The Messiah will draw to him the whole world; it shall be so to the end of the century ; and then the Vau shall be united with the HE.”

We spend a lot of time on the apocalyptic visions of the Christian Zionists, but perhaps we should be thinking about the Kabbalah.  The Polish Zionists seem fixated on causing a world war and killing millions of Muslims in the most horrible way possible.  Is the murder part of a ritual to bring forth the Messiah?  Norman Podhoretz actually ‘prays’ for it.  Is calling for an unlikely attack part of the faith – together with, ahem, ‘active preparation’ – that the elect feel will actually cause the Messiah to appear? It sounds crazy, but we may need to find a mystical source of the bloodthirsty craziness of the neocons.