According to Robert Naiman of Common Dreams, Christians United for Israel (CUI), led in part by Pastor John Hagee, is holding its third annual Washington-Israel summit in Washington DC. Hagee is a firm supporter of AIPAC and John McCain—however, McCain rejected his endorsement when it was revealed that Hagee claimed that Adolf Hitler was fulfilling God’s will by hastening the desire of Jews to return to Israel in accordance with biblical prophesy.
The CUI website is now calling Iran’s president the “new Hitler,” and continues with a few more spurious charges:
There is a new Hitler in the Middle East –President Ahmadinejad of Iran — who has threatened to wipe out Israel and America and is rapidly acquiring the nuclear technology to make good on his threat. If we learned anything from the Holocaust, it is that when a madman threatens genocide we must take him seriously.
The schedule of the summit includes appearances and presentations by neoconservative speakers like Daniel Pipes, William Kristol, Patrick Clawson, Clifford May and Frank Gaffney—others in attendance include Representative Mike Pence, a cosponsor of the Iran Blockade Resolution (HR362, which is facing opposition now by others like Rep. Robert Wexler) . As noted by Naimon:
CUFI sessions include “Iran: Eye Of The Storm” and “How to Stop Funding the Enemy: Divestment, Sanctions and Boycotts.” Wednesday, July 23 will be “Christians United For Israel Day On Capitol Hill, in which “Registered attendees will meet with their elected officials throughout the day and present the Biblical positions of our support of the nation of Israel.” It’s a safe bet that promoting confrontation with Iran will be high on the agenda. Of CUFI’s “Examples of Past Rapid Response Action Alerts,” two of them concern Israel and Palestine (”Urge President Bush Not to Pressure Israel to Make Territorial Concessions”) and three concern Iran.
United for Peace and Justice has issued a Call to Action for events nationwide against war with Iran on July 19-21. This would be a great opportunity to put CUFI’s advocacy of confrontation with Iran on the radar of the media.
The CUI website also mentions:
The Bible commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), to speak out for Zion’s sake (Isaiah 62:1), to be watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6) and to bless the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3). These and so many other verses of the Bible that have one overriding message– as Christians we have a Biblical obligation to defend Israel and the Jewish people in their time of need.
With this quote in mind, it is worth considering that many of the major speakers appearing at the summit regularly conjure up the notion of an Iranian theocracy as justification to start another war. For example, in an article coauthored by Patrick Clawson and Daniel Pipes, (where they argue for removing the MEK off the list of recognized terrorist groups and using them to spy on Iran) they claim:
Can the MEK liberate Iran? No. Its strategy of invasion by an army can’t work. The foul theocracy in Tehran will come to an end when the democratic forces in Iran finally manage to push it aside.
In this article, William Kristol, calls Iran a “fascist theocracy.” And both here and here, Frank Gaffney accuses the Iranian theocrats of various nefarious acts (and introduces a new word: “theo-political-military doctrine”).
Irancove @ July 12, 2008