Saturday in July
And here is Senator Sam Brownback explaining our "special relationship" with Israel:
"You cannot know the honor this is for me to be here addressing you. Since my earliest memories growing up on a farm in Kansas in the heartland of America, I have read and studied and been taught about you, the people of Israel. I was raised and steeped in the Bible while growing up. Ancient Israel was, and is, a living reality in my home. Its spirituality, wisdom, poetry, its majesty inspired and encouraged me all my life. You have helped form my soul and I thank you for it."
"The bedrock of support for Israel in America today is comprised of Christians, like myself, who were raised on the Bible, and who see in the Jews of Israel today the inheritors of the tradition of ancient Israel. I've had the great joy of seeing modem Israel, the living spirit of its past. Israel's chain of history and its will to survive with purpose and meaning is a true miracle. "I have been to Israel several times. The last time I was in Israel, I looked out the window of my hotel and saw the flag of Israel with the Star of David and the thought entered my mind, 'God does keep His promises!' That flag which had been absent in this land for nearly 2,000 years was now flying again. What an awesome God we serve..."
"As a member of the United States Senate, my message to you today is to be encouraged. We are with you. We are with you as your allies in this war against terrorism. We are with you in the United Nations. We are with you as your friends as a wave of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric is once again on the rise... "Our past and our present and our futures are intertwined together. So, in my parting, I pray for Israel. That in this season of ingathering you will be a blessing to all nations. That you will be a Holy Nation. A nation of the righteous leading the world in righteousness. It is your duty and destiny. And when you do your duty, the rest of us will be blessed and able to do ours. Thank you and God bless you."
Brownback says, "What an awesome God we serve." Has Sam converted to Judaism? Have Knesset members bent the knee to Christ? What then is he talking about?
Brownback then goes on to repent for Christians everywhere: "As a Christian, I deeply, deeply apologize for the pain and bloodshed and deafness to suffering that we have hoisted upon you and your ancestors."
As an American Christian, let me simply put forward my view on the Israeli/Palestinian issue. If I were an Israeli, I would be doing what the Israelis are doing. Were I a Palestinian, I would do what the Palestinians are doing. Since I am American, I would like to mind my own business. Guess it's too late for that.
More conservative confusion. Former National Review publisher William Rusher joins former NR editor William Buckley in concluding that the Iraq invasion was stupid and unjustified. However, Rusher than unloads with this nonsense:
"But it is only fair to ask what we would have expected an American president to do if confronted with the information on which the world's intelligence services agreed in 2003? If Al Gore had been elected, he would no doubt have dithered ineffectually and Saddam would still, for better or worse, be in power. Bush took his oath to defend this country more seriously, and acted, on the basis of the best information available, to protect it while there was still time. Saddam was ousted, and we are in the second year of a painful process whereby Iraq is being cleansed of jihadists and set on the road to democracy. "
Rusher concludes that Bush was not wrong to invade Iraq (huh?) and then quotes that paragon of virtue Bill Clinton to buttress his case. Rusher says that Bush has "learned his lesson," which is of course why the administration keeps rumbling about destabilzing Iran. There is a reason that Sam Francis refers to conservatives as "The Stupid Party," and this is just one more example of the intellectual and moral confusion pervading the "right."