Crying… you end up facing a situation that very well might cost millions of lives, and for no discernible, rational reason. The trifecta of Israel, Iran and the Right within the United States is rapidly reaching this point. It would have been hilariously funny, if not for the fact that it might lead to a latter-day holocaust.

First, we have Iran, which is led by a furiously religionistic cast-eyed freak known as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who can’t seem to get over the fact that a Jewish state exists, several hundred miles from his own borders. As the New York Times reports, he’s come to the Big Apple this week to spew yet more of his juvenile anti-Semitic rants (WebCite cached article):

Defying a warning by the United Nations secretary general against inflammatory remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said Monday that Israelis had no historical roots in the Middle East and that the existence of Israel was just a passing phase in the region’s long history. …

At the breakfast meeting, he said that the Israelis had been around the region for only 60 or 70 years, in contrast to the Iranians, whose civilization has existed for thousands of years.

“They have no roots there in history,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said of the Israelis, according to Reuters.

This is, of course, a lie. DNA studies have shown that modern Jews do, in fact, have Middle Eastern roots. I’m sure Iran’s cast-eyed freak — and pretty much every other anti-Semite on the planet — would dismiss these DNA studies as products of the pervasive and evil “Jewish cabal” that controls the planet … but paranoiac thinking like that is par for the course, for this childish crew, so one can hardly expect otherwise.

So this is hardly the first time he’s unleashed this kind of tantrum and it certainly won’t he the last. However, this little childish antic has been compounded by another episode of juvenile religionism, and that is, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s desire to nuke Iran because it appears they may have a slim chance of someday creating a workable nuclear weapon, as NPR reports (cached):

During a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Netanyahu expressed his frustration with how world powers are handling Iran and its nuclear program.

“The world tells Israel ‘wait, there’s still time’. And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel,” Netanyahu said.

It doesn’t matter to Bibi, I guess, that Iran’s nuclear program is, in a word, delicate … so delicate that cyberattacks like Stuxnet and Flame have been able to derail it. Oh no. The fact that Iran’s cast-eyed freak has been rattling his saber for the last few years, is all Bibi needs to tell him that his country is only 10 seconds away from nuclear extinction at Iran’s hands. That Bibi is motivated to nuke Iran, by militant religionists within his own country, is something he’d never admit to … even though it’s true.

Now, added to all of this tension — which all by itself is sufficient to ignite a war that no rational person should wish be fought — we have a third party intruding on it, scrapping for a fight at all costs. That would be America’s Right, which is absolutely enraged that President Barack Obama insolently chose not to meet with Bibi, presumably in order to get his blessing for Israel’s nuking of Iran (cached). (Memo to the Religious Right: No, Obama does not have to meet with Bibi just ’cause Bibi asked to meet with him. The leader of the free world gets to choose who he meets with, and when. He is at no one’s beck and call … not even the Israeli Prime Minister’s.)

Because of the R.R.’s sanctimonious outrage over this, Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate and current commander-in-chief of the Religious Right’s political arm, is also aching to start a war in the Middle East, as CNN reports (cached):

“Tonight on 60 Minutes, President Obama called Israel’s legitimate concern about the impact of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons ‘noise’ and referred to Israel as merely ‘one of our closest allies in the region,’” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

Saul continued in the statement: “This is just the latest evidence of his chronic disregard for the security of our closest ally in the Middle East. Governor Romney’s views stand in sharp contrast to the President’s. Governor Romney strongly believes that Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East and that support for Israel is essential to extending freedom, peace and democracy throughout the region. As president, Governor Romney will restore and protect the close alliance between our nation and the state of Israel.”

It’s not true that a war between Israel and Iran could ever be in the best interest of the U.S., and there’s no valid reason Americans should ever want one, so long as there are alternatives available (cached). But in order to appeal to the evangelical Christians here … who’ve been itching to ignite Armageddon and usher in the return of their precious Jesus … Romney is forced to agitate for a war he knows would be bad for the U.S.

What a fucking joke this all is. And it’s all useless and pointless. It’s only come about because of the militant religionism that comes from the Abrahamic faiths. There’s no rational reason for any of this tension.

Isn’t it time for the world’s leaders to just fucking grow the hell up already and get over their militant religionism? I’ve had enough of your goddamn infantile tantrums, fercryinoutloud.

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  • Robert

    For the Bible (Old Testament; Torah) to be invoked as a justification for European Jews relocating to Israel is contrary to their overwhelming agnosticism. What difference does it make that perhaps some distant hereditary forebears may have lived in the region of today's Israel? Sure, DNA typing shows commonalty between the Middle Eastern people and the European Jews. According to the Jewish encyclopedias (not some KKK-type websites) the European Jews are largely descended fro ma group of tribes from western central Asia, the Khazars (Chazars), a Turco-Mongol people who are a grand mixture of many kinds of people, even some Semitic Jews from the diasaporas of the Assyrians, the Babylonians. the Persians, the Ottomans, and others. To invoke what their own holy book says is to give credence to the supposedly supernatural prophecies therein contained. Then this is used as a justification for moving into a land that has been occupied by other Semitic-speaking, Semitic-heritage people for thousands of years and to push them out of the way is the reality.
    Does Mr. Netanyahu really believe that Israel of today is the ancient home of his ancestors? Well, perhaps, and the ancestral home of many other people who were already living there.
    Israel of today is a fact. People migrating and pushing others out of their way, assimilating some of them, and fighting with others, is the way of the world. Practically every kind of people has done the same and has had the same done to them, except perhaps the Inuit, the Lapps and the Tierra del Fuegans, who live in such inhospitable lands that others don't want it.
    America needs to get off the "God gave Abraham the land" stuff and act according to the interests of America and those who will ally with America. Even if the Abrahamic-Israelite-Jewish God did give the land to the descendants of Abraham, the Ishmaelites, who the Arabs of today claim as their ancestor, have been in the land for several thousand years.
    Also, if the Jewish holy book is to be invoked, it prophesies that if the Israelites-Jews are not faithful to their God that He would send other peoples in on them to kick them out, and that they would not be restored to the land until they showed national repentance and obedience to the laws of Moses.
    The Arabs are aware that the boundaries of the land described in the Bible as given to the posterity of Abraham via Isaac are from the Mediterranean to the Arabian desert, except for Ammon and Moab, from the Euphrates to the River of Egypt (probably a dried-up eastern branch of the Nile delta). This takes in a LOT more than the present-day Israel. Syrians, get out! Lebanese, get out! Jordanians, get out! Gazans, get out! Iraqis southwest of the Euphrates, get out! This certainly does not go over well with the non-Jewish people living in that broad area.

    • Re: "For the Bible (Old Testament; Torah) to be invoked as a justification for European Jews relocating to Israel is contrary to their overwhelming agnosticism."

      If you want me to believe European Jews were/are "overwhelmingly agnostic," you'll have to demonstrate that first. But even if you could, you'd still have to admit that they have very strong and rational reasons, aside from their religion, to want their own country. Christians historically, and Muslims from about the latter half of the 20th century on, have wanted to exterminate them.

      Re: "… the European Jews are largely descended fro ma group of tribes from western central Asia, the Khazars (Chazars) …"

      The "Khazar theory" is complete bullshit, a product of Anglo-Israelism, recently repurposed into American-Israelism (by Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God, among many others).

      Re: "Does Mr. Netanyahu really believe that Israel of today is the ancient home of his ancestors? Well, perhaps, and the ancestral home of many other people who were already living there."

      Yes, and … your point is … what, exactly?

      Re: "America needs to get off the "God gave Abraham the land" stuff and act according to the interests of America and those who will ally with America."

      Actually, at the moment, it serves America's interests to have Israel where it is, as a small but powerful state juxtaposed among several other powerful Middle Eastern states (e.g. Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia) keeping each other off-balance and preventing any of them from becoming dominant over the region.

      Re: "This certainly does not go over well with the non-Jewish people living in that broad area."

      Of course it doesn't. But they have their own religiously-based reasons for considering themselves masters of what is now Israel. Which of them should be awarded the region? Whichever can take it, and then hold it.

      My main concern is not that Israel is where it is. As I explained already, Jews have very powerful, non-religious, and very rational, reasons of their own to want their own state. And if they had the chance to establish it in the Levant, then I suppose that's where it should be. The concern I have is that American Christians are actively agitating for Israel to attack Iran in order to trigger an Iranian counter-attack which, many of them believe, will in turn trigger Jesus' return at the Battle of Armageddon. That is a purely religious impulse with no conceivable rational motivation.

  • Robert

    As soon as the Iranians toss their first operational A-bomb they will find out what a whole swarm of H-bombs riding Israeli IRBMs mean. A "small" H-bomb of, say, 500 Kt, yields 25 times as much blast force as a Nagasaki-style "Fat Man" A-bomb. After losing one city to an Iranian A-bomb the Israelis will exercise extreme restraint by eradicating Iranian military targets only. That Iranian military targets are located near cities will be just tough.
    A small country like Israel cannot afford to waste its resources on A-bombs. H-bombs are the only practical form of nuclear weapon for them. Jews were the primary inventors of both A-bombs and H-bombs, so to imagine that Israel doesn't have plenty of them ready and available is dreaming. The rest of the Arab-Muslim countries will want nothing but to stay out of the way and hope the Israelis won't go all out.
    What will the Iranian population think of a regime that has brought such total hell down on them? I wager that most Iranians are in no hurry to collect their 72 or 76 or whatever virgin houris in Muslim Paradise.
    "There’s no rational reason for any of this tension."
    Answer: Follow The Money. Who is profiting from all this misery dumped on the common peoples of each of these countries?

    • Re: "As soon as the Iranians toss their first operational A-bomb they will find out what a whole swarm of H-bombs riding Israeli IRBMs mean. A 'small' H-bomb of, say, 500 Kt, yields 25 times as much blast force as a Nagasaki-style 'Fat Man' A-bomb."

      So your answer to the threat of Iranian nuclear power is, a "my bomb can beat up your bomb" threat? How mature.

      Re: "That Iranian military targets are located near cities will be just tough."

      A lot of them are also deep underground and might not be very easily destroyed. But you've got the bigger bomb, so please, by all means, impress us with your military prowess.

      Re: "What will the Iranian population think of a regime that has brought such total hell down on them?"

      I have no idea. Nor do I care. Nor, I suspect, does Iran's ruling regime, to be honest with you.

      Re: "'There’s no rational reason for any of this tension.' Answer: Follow The Money. Who is profiting from all this misery dumped on the common peoples of each of these countries?"

      OK, smart guy. If you know who's behind it, how about you disclosing this person's identity? I dare you.