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[This transcript represents a greatly abbreviated version of the sermon delivered by Mark Dankof in Chetek, Wisconsin on June 23rd, 2013 at the closing worship service in Christ Lutheran Church for the National Convention of the Lutheran Ministerium and Synod--USA.]
“But you are a Chosen People, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God: once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
I Peter 2: 9-10
It is good to see all of you again at this treasured annual gathering of a small segment of the remnant of the Chosen People of God in the closing days of the Church Age and the end of history itself as we approach the Second Advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As I open our very brief time together at our Convention’s closing worship service on this blessed Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, I’m blissfully reminded of three (3) things. First, each time I come back here, my earliest memories of the American Midwest and those that would follow over many years keep flooding back. The Middle West is where my roots are, having been born to parents from Southwest Iowa, who grew up in the years of the Great Depression in the run up to World War II. At the same time, being the son of a United States Air Force officer, there were no roots for me at all. I would travel all over our country, as well as Europe, Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and South Africa. Of all of these sojourns that God would grant me for reasons known only to Him, many of you know that Iran would be the place where many of my fondest memories of traveling the globe would reside. When I returned from South Africa last December, I wrote a brief essay on this insight. It is entitled, “A Reminder of God’s Existence From Long Ago.”
Secondly, when I come to these Conventions, my mind inevitably drifts back to the salad days of the formation of the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC) in 1987. This is where I would first encounter Pastors Ralph Spears and John Erickson, who have remained among my best friends in life. Can it really be over a quarter of a century ago that our journey began?
Finally, it is June 23rd today. Every June 23rd, my mind goes back to June 23rd, 1967 when my family was transferred from Hawaii the first time, and transported back to the Mainland on the S. S. Lurline bound for San Francisco. Last year, I shared this experience of 46 years ago at our National Convention with many of you. Incredibly enough, that was exactly one year ago today, on June 23rd, 2012, when my message to the gathered was entitled, “The Famine, The Watchman, and The Remnant.” Given that fact that we are now a year closer to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, I hope that presentation continues to encourage both you and me as the horizon of history continues to darken as storm clouds approach our position near Midnight.
Today’s message based on the classic text of I Peter 2: 9-10, familiar to so many of us who toiled as kids in the Lutheran Catechetical system a lifetime ago, has three applications to us today and to the entirety of the people of God throughout linear time. The text reads as follows:
“But you are a Chosen People, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God: once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
I Peter 2: 9-10
The first application Biblically is this: God chooses great people in history to minister to His saints in times of global oppression and evil. I was reminded of this only eight (8) days ago in Houston, Texas when privileged to see the Cyrus Cylinder at the Museum of Fine Art there, courtesy of a loan of the Cylinder to a series of America’s greatest museums courtesy of the British Museum.
What is the significance of Cyrus the Great, the first of the Achaemenid Kings of Ancient Persia, where the Old Testament is concerned? The Bible is absolutely explicit on this point. After the 70 year Captivity visited upon Ancient Judah courtesy of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, a Captivity which included the Temple Destruction of 586 B. C. [Tisha B'Av], God’s prophets underscore that this catastrophe brought upon Judah because of its own sin and rebellion against God (Jeremiah 25:1- 29:32) would be followed by a Deliverance and a Restoration. King Cyrus the Great would be the Chosen Instrument of God in this process, a prototype and forerunner of Jesus Christ, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (2 Chronicles 22-23; Ezra, chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; Isaiah, chapters 44 and 45; and Daniel, chapters 1, 6, 10).
Particularly striking are the words of Isaiah, who foretold the coming Persian King’s arrival in history 150 years in advance of his appearance, courtesy of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God:
“. . . [The Lord] who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my Shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, ‘Let it be rebuilt,’ and of the temple, ‘Let its foundations be laid. . . . I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.”
And Ezra tells us in chapter one that:
“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing. This is what Cyrus king of Persia says, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of His people among you–may his God be with Him, and let Him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. . . .’”
Now fast forward to I Peter 2: 9-10. What is the connection of the Apostle and his text to the events of the Sixth Century B. C. and an ancient Persian King?
I will say it again: The first application Biblically is this: God chooses great people in history to minister to His saints in times of global oppression and evil.
Peter is writing his Epistle to a group of churches in the part of Asia Minor north of the Taurus Mountains. The context is the approaching outburst of persecution directed at Christians by Nero (A. D. 54-68) in A. D. 64. The martyrdom of the Apostle Paul is just beyond the horizon. Peter’s horrific upside down crucifixion at Nero’s direction before the latter’s death in A. D. 68 is but a handful of years away (John 21: 18-19). The storm clouds that approached Ancient Judah after the death of King Josiah in 609 B. C. and culminated in Nebuchadnezzar’s temple destruction in 586 B. C., are gathering again for the people of God living under the Roman Caesar’s reign in the First Century A. D. But God does not desert His faithful. As Cyrus the Great made his Sixth Century B. C. appearance at a time of the Lord’s providential designation, so Paul and Peter have been commissioned to minister to the faithful in the midst of the exponential increase in evil in human history embodied by the Ancient Roman Empire. And the message and witness of these Apostles is clear: the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is the center of the plan of salvation designed before the foundation of the world for those who believe (I Peter 1: 3-5). And those who believe in the midst of a national culture centered in the things of the Beast (Revelation 13), will endure persecution and oppression at the hands of a majority who have rejected the Messiah, both in a First Century Judah nearing God’s judgment for its role in the rejection of the proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 24: 1-2), and in a Roman Empire moving toward the Emperor Worship Cultus of Domitian (81-96 A. D.) at the time of the writing of the Apocalypse of John (Revelation 13).
The same principle applies to Christians in a 21st century America and Western World which have largely abandoned the faith “that was once for all entrusted to the Saints (Jude, verse 3).” Peter warns us as he warned his contemporaries in Asia Minor that we are to be fully ready for this. In I Peter 4:12 he emphatically tells believers “. . . do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”
It is painful for many of us as lifelong denizens of an older American culture, especially in the Middle West and the Southern United States, to recognize how this nation has become a part of the same post-Christian culture of our European counterparts across the Atlantic Ocean. And how closely we are beginning to resemble the ethos of the Ancient Roman Empire. As the late Evangelical Francis Schaeffer observed in the aftermath of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, we are increasingly a Culture of Death. Abortion-On-Demand; every form and brand of sexual perversion; rampant violence and crime; the collapse of the family; the embrace of a Hollywood culture enshrouded in moral sewage; a staggering level of budgetary and national debt; a thoroughly corrupt political and banking system centered in fiat money, usury, and confiscatory taxation; and the overextension of our military presence globally, are the symptoms. but the root cause is fundamentally a rejection of the Gospel and of God’s Word on an individual and collective basis. Those who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13), either in the Rome of Nero and Domitian, or in the increasingly anti-Christian West of the 21st Century, may fully expect trial, tribulation, persecution, imprisonment, and ultimately martyrdom. As Peter has already told us, “. . . do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” This is the bottom line.
The second application of I Peter 2: 9-10 Biblically is this: God chooses to deliver on His promises, both those made to members of His Son’s Kingdom and those made to individuals and societies outside of the Kingdom of God in Christ.
Any reasonable interpretation of this text and of the New Testament throughout, tells us that the Chosen People of God according to the teachings of our Lord and His apostles, include all who believe in Jesus as Crucified and Risen Savior. Paul assures us in Romans 10:9 that if “you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” This too, is the bottom line.
The New Testament and I Peter 2: 9-10 as a part of that corpus, explicit reject the notion that the Chosen People of God and the Kingdom of God itself, are rooted in notions of racial supremacy, racial identification, nationalism, military power, political power, or economic supremacy. Jesus makes this clear in his debate with the Pharisees in John 8: 31-58. Modern Christian Zionism, based in these false assumptions and in the 19th century eschatological inventions of John Nelson Darby and the Scofield Reference Bible [see charts in "The Famine, The Watchman, and The Remnant" regarding an alleged parenthesis between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel, chapter 9], has resurrected the very false teachings surrounding the Kingdom, the Covenants, Obedience, and Racial Identification that permeated the thinking of the Pharisees in John 8 and those who called for the release of Barabbas on the night of the Savior’s betrayal (Matthew 27:25). This was the thinking of Paul prior to his conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). It is an explicit denial of the core doctrine of Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ Alone known as the Material Principle of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.
This is why Peter uses 2: 9-10 to reiterate what Paul says in Ephesians 1:4 when he states that “. . . He [God the Father] chose us in Him [God the Son, Jesus Christ] before the foundation of the world . . .” Peter now tells believers in Christ who are racial Gentiles who were “once not a people” that they are “now the people of God” (I Peter 2: 10). He assures his audience that, “Once you [Gentiles] had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Peter now applies the terms and the concepts of Old Testament Judaism to Gentiles who believe in Jesus Christ (verse 9). They are now a “Chosen People.” They are now members of a Royal Priesthood [of all believers in Jesus Christ], and are a “Holy Nation” and a “People Belonging to God.” The Apostle’s application of these terms and concepts to Gentile Christians is fraught with impending spiritual and political irony. After Peter’s death by crucifixion in A. D. 68 in Rome, it would only be two years before the Romans would visit Jerusalem in a fashion reminiscent of Nebuchadnezzar in the Sixth Century B. C., and would destroy yet another Jewish Temple on Tisha B’Av (August 9th) in the year A. D. 70. The notion of National and Racial Judah as the Chosen People of God in the New Testament Era had come to a catastrophic end, never to be resurrected again (Matthew 21: 19 and Mark 11: 14).
As for the true Chosen People of God, it is critical that those “chosen” are also a People “called.” We are called “out of darkness.” We are called “into His wonderful light.” God’s call is to his “elect” (I Peter 1:1). The elect have been “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God,” (I Peter 1:2) which involves both divine mystery and grace linked to the blood of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:2).
The third and final application of Biblical principles using I Peter 2: 9-10 is as follows: You and I, as the Chosen People of God by his mysterious love and grace alone, have an inheritance (I Peter 1: 4) that is imperishable.
If we are living in the hour of history I sense we are, what are the implications of this for you and me? As we close this National Convention, what do you take from these last 3 days and from this sanctuary and the classrooms here at Christ Lutheran in Chetek? What do you return home with that will encourage you and empower you and your loved ones in trying times? Why do we continue in a faith that seems less appealing than ever in our dying culture, and in an America increasingly unrecognized by those of us of an earlier vintage?
In a nutshell, the answer is in a gift of God to you and me that involves mercy, rebirth, new beginnings, a new life, and an imperishable inheritance being kept in a Divine Repository for safe keeping until the right time. This is the final bottom line of which we speak on the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost in the year 2013. The Chosen People of God shall be the final winners at the end of history, and in the eternity to come, in a world without end.
I Peter 1: 3-5 serves as a marvelous companion to I Peter 2: 9-10 and our Chosen People theme for the 2013 National Convention of the Lutheran Ministerium and Synod–USA:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
As that last time draws ever closer, so does your salvation and the arrival of your long awaited and promised inheritance. For every ending there is a New Beginning. The best is yet to come for you, and for me, as we await the re-entry of the Logos into the time and space of this present cosmos. And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of God the Holy Spirit be with you now, and always. Amen.
Mark Dankof’s Final Word on Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment on Israel and the Assassination of JFK
I told an international television audience on Press TV/Iran this past Friday that Michael Collins Piper’s book, Final Judgment, on the Israeli Mossad links to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is absolutely compelling, not simply in terms of unraveling the truth about what happened to America’s 35th President, but seeing the bigger picture surrounding false flags, governmental and media corruption, and how a linear line of development may be clearly drawn from the USS Maine and Lusitania incidents, Pearl Harbor, and the Kennedy killing in Dallas in 1963, to the events a decade ago in New York City propagandized ad nauseam yesterday on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 by everyone from the American Legion to the National Football League.
And as noted some years ago, Israeli nuclear dissident Mordechai Vanunu agrees with Piper’s thesis, and has said so publicly. Vanunu’s endorsement of the thesis may go a long way toward explaining his continued detention in Israel, perhaps more so than the revelations provided to the Sunday Times of London years ago about the Zionist State’s nuclear weaponry and operations at Dimona.
Three official endorsements of Final Judgment will suffice here as an indication of the quality of Michael Collins Piper’s research, his analysis, and the inexorable conclusions drawn from both.
Endorsement One (Dr. Herbert L. Calhoun, Ph. D., who retired as deputy division chief of the Policy, Plans, and Analysis Office of the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and who formerly served as a senior foreign affairs specialist for the U. S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was the American representative to the 1996 and 1998 United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Dated March 10, 2003):
“As one who has read over 200 books on the JFK assassination, and engaged in research both as an individual and as part of various teams, I can say without fear of contradiction that Piper’s book is now the definitive work on the JFK assassination. Final Judgment is the most thorough, most honest, most penetrating, most factual, and most analytically complete and systematic of all that I have read so far.”
Endorsement Two: (Colonel Donn De Grand Pre, who served as Deputy Chief of the International Division/Office of the Chief of Research and Development at the Pentagon. In 1967, Grand Pre was named as Director for Ground Weapons Systems in the newly-created office of International Logistics Negotiations, responsible for negotiating sales contracts with heads of foreign nations for military weapons systems. On September 30, 1979, The Washington Post Magazine wrote about Grand Pre, citing his expertise: “If you had been a Middle Eastern ruler in the 1970s in search of American weapons systems, you would have called Donn de Grand Pre, Pentagon arms peddler.”):
“Piper’s Final Judgment is brilliant. . . . Several high-level military officers believed that the killing of JFK was in fact a coup d’etat carried out by elements of the CIA working with the Israeli Mossad. Kennedy was attempting to halt the development of nuclear weapons by the Israelis, while simultaneously planning to disband the CIA and disengage our military troops from the Indo-China area. Read Final Judgment by Michael Collins Piper for more details. [Citing Final Judgment in Grand Pre's own book, Barbarians Inside the Gates]“
“Having read all of the major Kennedy Assassination literature from Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment and Josiah Thompson’s Six Seconds in Dallas to Anthony Summers’s Conspiracy, Jim Marrs’ Crossfire, and Gerald Posner’s Case Closed, I can say definitively that Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment is the Final Word on what happened to America’s 35th President.
“Piper’s magnum opus accomplishes many things at many levels. First, he studiously avoids tiresome repristination of ancient arguments about ballistics and the lone gunman controversy already covered in dozens of works on the Kennedy tragedy. Second, he demonstrates conclusively that David Ben Gurion and his agents in the American Jewish Lobby were in serious subterranean warfare with JFK over Dimona, the burgeoning Israeli militarization of their nuclear program, and the President’s insistence that the Zionist State submit to international inspection of both. In this regard Mr. Piper acquaints the reader with the copious research on this long-suppressed subject undertaken by Stephen Green in Taking Sides, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn in Dangerous Liaison, and Seymour Hersh in The Samson Option.
“Perhaps most critically, Piper takes the outstanding research of Anthony Summers in Conspiracy on the elements of the CIA, organized crime, and the anti-Castro Cuban exile movement demonstrably involved in the events of November of 1963 in Dealey Plaza, and proceeds to show how all of these groups, individuals, activities, and associations were in fact, involved, but under the direction of Israeli intelligence; Meyer Lansky, Jewish organized crime chieftain with a direct line to Ben Gurion and Israeli intelligence; PERMINDEX; and James Jesus Angleton, the longtime director of counterintelligence for the CIA who simultaneously served as CIA liaison chief to the Mossad. The incredible details of Final Judgment even include the Israeli Haganah gun running links of Oswald assassin Jack Ruby and Frank Sturgis, anti-Castro CIA operative with links to Watergate in the 1970, and the role of Jewish mobster Mickey Cohen in introducing Jack Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe–at the direction of Meyer Lansky and Menachem Begin. . . .
“Final Judgment even indicates what is behind much of the disinformation on the assassination disseminated in film and books, including the ominous implications of Mossad agent and Israel arms merchant, Arnon Milchan, being the financial angel of Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK.
“After reading Final Judgment, no American will ever look at the American-Israeli relationship in the same way again, or fail to see the implications of the events in Dallas almost 50 years ago for the present tragedy of the Israeli-driven American military involvements in the Middle East; Israeli infiltration of the American media, Congress, and National Security State; or the insanity of the Zionist State’s attempts to involve the United States in an unjustifiable war with Iran.
“It begs yet another question: What was Israel’s real involvement in 9-11?”
The clock is ticking. Decent Americans, Iranians and all indigenous peoples of the Middle East and Central Asia, and people everywhere who oppose the New World Order must unite while we still can.
And action presupposes the assimilation of the correct information and the will to act upon it. That process begins with acquiring and reading Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment. That is my Final Word today.
Mark Dankof’ s biography for the Robert Stark Show on the Voice of Reason Broadcast Network:
Mark Dankof joins Mark Glenn as a radio voice for “The Ugly Truth.” Mr. Dankof’s most recent broadcast for that network dealt with the alleged Israeli connection to the Coptic church bombing on New Year’s in Alexandria, Egypt. His most recent op-ed is entitled, “Joseph Lieberman, MEK Murder in Iran, and the Mythology of a Righteous, Almighty America.”
Mark Dankof is occasionally seen on Press TV in Iran. He is the former 36th Legislative District Chairman of the Republican Party in King County, Seattle, and the U. S. Senate candidate in 2000 in Delaware for the Constitution Party. His web sites include Mark Dankof’s America at WordPress and Mark Dankof’s America.
Access Robert Stark’s one hour conversation with Mark Dankof on the Voice of Reason radio network here.
- Mark’s history of political activism in the conservative and patriot movements and his former talk show on RBN;
- The economic and foreign policy co-option of these movements;
- The Israeli Lobby & the push for war with Iran, and possible outcomes;
- The terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt;
- Mark’s experiences while living in Iran.
“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus Christ in the Olivet Discourse, The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 13, Verses 9-11.
There is now a new site on Word Press, entitled JHate.
The site is aptly named. It is surely about Hate.
But the site’s correct description of itself is incomplete. It is also about Cowardice.
Hate and Cowardice have capital letters in this case, for justifiable reasons.
Browsers need to know that the individual (s) behind this site post anonymously. They also refuse to post fair and thoughtful comments by those who have been subjected to libelous characterizations and ad hominem attacks. The most recent victims have been Press TV of Iran, Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote of Cal State Fullerton University, and yours truly. We have all been tagged with the false, predictable, and shopworn charge of “anti-Semitism.”
Three succinct observations are in order. The first comes courtesy of Mark Weber of the Institute of Historical Review. He aptly notes in a letter to Dr. Foote that, “Being attacked by an outfit like this is a badge of honor. You’re on the right side of history and humanity.”
The second observation was made to me by Dr. Foote himself, regarding these odious and demonic attacks. The good professor notes that the character of these baseless assaults clearly indicates that the presence of mainstream American conservative critics of Zionism and Israel on Press TV is having a positive effect for truth around the world generally, and in the United States specifically. The Hasbara Project crowd at Mossad headquarters predictably doesn’t like it. The folks who brought you the Sabra and Shatila massacres, the utilization of white phosphorus and depleted uranium shells against civilian populations in the Middle East, the murder of unarmed human rights activists on the Mavi Marmara Freedom Flotilla, and recent terror bombings in Iranian Azerbaijan and Sistan-Balochistan provinces, are now blind siding the critics of these policies on the World Wide Net.
The third observation is my own. JHate didn’t publish my letter of response to them. I would like decent people around the world, including international viewers of Press TV, to see it. The complete text is as follows:
Mark Dankof to JHate
It’s nice to know that I am considered to be in the same company as Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote, whose education, professional and military credentials, and basic human decency are beyond dispute.
As for the predictable charge of “anti-Semitism,” the methodology of demonizing honest critics of Israel’s criminal policies isn’t going to wash this time. Too many people around the world, thanks to Internet technology, are now aware of Deir Yassin; the bombing of the King David Hotel by Mr. Begin and Company; the Lavon Affair; Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in June of 1967; and the myriad number of Israeli espionage operations against the United States, including the theft of American nuclear raw materials at Pennsylvania’s NUMEC plant, the PROMIS affair, and the Jonathan Pollard and AIPAC spy scandals.
As Americans find out what our $10 billion a year “ally” has been up to since 1947, new dawning awareness of the implications of Israel’s policies in Palestine and Gaza is also beginning to invade the American consciousness. Tolerance of atrocities like the Rachel Corrie murder and the slaughter of innocents on the Mavi Marmara Freedom Flotilla will end. And as American manpower and money continue to go down the proverbial drain, courtesy of the United States’ assumption of its role as both the chief enforcer of Zionist policies in the Middle East and the developing New World Order globally, patience will also evaporate with the role of the Israeli Lobby in the American domestic political scene.
As Daniel said to Belshazzar of Babylon, “. . . God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end (Daniel 5: 26).” The perverse and racist ideology of modern Zionism will also come to an end in the Biblical God’s good time.
What may we predict of Israel’s actions as its moral bankruptcy and political unsustainability become progressively more obvious?
This is an absolute cinch: Hasbara Project attacks against decent writers, thinkers, and human rights activists on the Internet, coupled with a false flag incident designed to provoke a war with Iran that is totally unjustified, preventable, and in the interest of no one, save the psychotics in the Netanyahu regime.
And Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp will lead the corporate media consortium charge to sell this tragic travesty to the American public. By way of comparison, I will join Paul Sheldon Foote, Paul Craig Roberts, and George Galloway in appearing on Press TV anytime.
Let’s face it. You folks are running scared.
I conclude in reiteration: “. . . God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end. (Daniel 5: 26)”
In Christ Jesus,
The Ugly Truth: Dankof, Glenn, Tourney, and al-Tayr on Israel’s Criminal Attack on the Freedom Flotilla
Ex-Republican and Constitution Party activist Mark Dankof joins Mark Glenn, USS Liberty survivor Phil Tourney, and Mantiq al-Tayr to discuss last night’s attack by Israel on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters. The panelists will also discuss Israel’s coming criminal attack on Iran and how to mobilize opposition to it.
Click here to listen.
Mark Dankof’s latest op-ed, entitled “Lindsey Graham and Jack Kemp: Has the Tribe Protected Them?” is now on Al Jazeerah.info at
Mantiq al-Tayr’s coverage of the attack may be accessed at
Mantiq al-Tayr’s review of “What I Saw That Day,” the new book on Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS Liberty, by Phil Tourney and Mark Glenn, may be accessed at http://mantiqaltayr.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/a-ship-too-far/
(Sunday Times of London: Israel stations nuclear subs off Iran)
(Times of London: latest on Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R.-S. C.) is demonstrably a warmonger when it comes to Zionist interests. His sickening sycophancy in March at the American Israeli Political Action Committee dinner, chronicled by David Corn of Mother Jones, tells the tale of the all-too-familiar tape when it comes to what is routinely purchased from American politicians by the Israeli lobby. It has something to do with the world’s oldest profession, if you know what I mean. Want to know what Graham’s hourly fees are for such speeches? Hugh Galford of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs can quote you the specific numbers.
Graham’s AIPAC schtick was as predictable as it was outlandish. Stating that Israel is “our best friend in the world,” the South Carolina pol conveniently forgot to mention the Lavon Affair, the Kennedy assassination, the attack on the USS Liberty, the Pollard spy case, and the Israeli-Communist China pilfering of American nuclear secrets at Los Alamos in the PROMIS catastrophe, among many others. In regard to this last episode, one can only guess at what the late John Tower (R.-TX) and John Heinz (R.-PA) may have known. If only they hadn’t died in aviation accidents in separate parts of the country, only 24 hours apart. What a tragic coincidence.
What Graham did mention was his wholehearted support of the mass murder of Iranians by preemptive military strike. Apparently for him, and sidekick John McCain, constant impingement on Iranian air space; black operations in Azerbaijan, Khuzestan, and Balochistan provinces; and covert American support for the Jundallah–MEK sponsored acts of terrorism and subversion within Iranian borders is not enough. Now we need to be carrying out a massive, overt military strike on that country, despite what our own National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) says about the nuclear weapons program they don’t have. And with an “ally” that is a non-signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the leading nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons power in the entire region. Got it? Philip Giraldi can brief us. A simple Google search on his name and Iran will tell you more than you may really want to know.
Here’s something else you may not really want to know. According to William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), a past guest on my radio show, Graham is not only a pro-Zionist warmonger but a homosexual. Arianna Huffington and good friend, Victor Thorn of the American Free Press, have provided us this week with the blow-by-blow account, if you will.
For purposes of this discussion, Graham’s alleged queer orientation is less significant than the possible implications of why the ugly rumors of his personal life have remained subterranean in Washington for as long as they have. Could it have something to do with who owns the major American media consortiums, and the militantly pro-Zionist agenda they universally support? Why have we not put Senator Graham under Rupert Murdoch’s microscope at Fox News?
Simply read Giraldi’s “Shaping the Story on Iran” and his recently published “Timetable for War.” Then go ahead and connect the subsequent dots when it comes to the Senator from South Carolina. Does a good AIPAC speech to the bloodthirsty Talmudic faithful really do as well as the old fashioned protection money racket?
The Lindsey Graham saga is more than eerily reminiscent of the life and career of the late Jack Kemp (R.-N.Y.). To this day no one is talking about the Penthouse magazine expose on Kemp’s personal life and alleged bi-sexuality that sank the Buffalo congressman’s place on George Herbert Walker Bush’s Presidential ticket in the fall of 1988. In that sordid piece, the long suppressed rumors about Mr. Kemp found their way into print with attachment to specific names and places. Most ominously, queer Jewish lawyer for Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, alleged in Penthouse that Kemp was introduced to the clandestine homosexual network operating in Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial mansion in California in the 1960s, by Mr. Cohn himself.
That story, and the rest of Penthouse’s allegations on Jack Kemp, were suppressed by the mainstream media’s gentleman’s agreement in 1996, that bought Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and Kemp absolute protection from media discussion of their personal lives and sexual peccadilloes. The Washington Post admitted their own complicity in this media consortium agreement, on page one—the day after the 1996 Presidential election on the first Tuesday in November.
And back to Roy Cohn. If he indeed introduced Jack Kemp into a sordid, clandestine sexual underworld of the American Right, did he also serve as a conduit for the ex-Buffalo Bills star’s introduction into the Jewish infiltration of that movement, chronicled by Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars in an expose of the Zionist infiltration and financing of William F. Buckley’s National Review?
We may never know. Kemp’s obituary at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) does make for interesting reading and reflection.
But four things are for sure.
Israel will get its war with Iran.
William Gheen of ALIPAC will find out first-hand what the Israeli Lobby can dish out on folks who dare to touch their assets.
Israeli-Firsters and Neo-Conservatives in this country will find out how tough and resilent the Iranian people are when attacked.
And John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio will have to confine his political hand-holding with Lindsey Graham to private moments.
Mark Dankof adds to his radio gigs by becoming a regular on Mark Glenn’s Friday edition of The Ugly Truth Podcast available online. See the show description below:
The Mujahedin-e-Khalq: The Peril of Paradox in American Middle East Policy
by Mark Dankof
One thing is abundantly clear about American policy in the Middle East–it is based on a series of paradoxical, internally contradictory goals and alliances which typically end in tragic results for friend and foe alike.
Nowhere is this conundrum clearer than in the present U. S. quandary over the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), or People’s Holy Warriors, as chronicled by Ed Blanche, Beirut correspondent for The Middle East, in that publication’s June 2009 issue.
As Blanche capably summarizes what is known of the MEK, the organization was formed in Iran in 1965 by leftist students, subsequently adopting a “bizarre ideology that embraced both Islam and Marxism.” The ideology soon became linked to urban revolutionary guerrilla violence. In the final years of Pahlavi Iran, the MEK conducted a series of attacks and assassinations on American military and diplomatic personnel, as it sought the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
The MEK joined forces with Khomeini’s revolutionaries in this ultimately successful effort, only to be expelled by the IRI regime itself in Tehran once its usefulness had expired after the Shah’s departure. The MEK began to conduct guerrilla operations against the Mullahs as they had against the monarchy previously, with considerable success. But the Mullahs applied a level of retaliatory force the “Islamic-Marxists” could not endure. They fled to France, and later joined forces with Saddam Hussein against Iran in the 1980-1988 war between the Gulf rivals.
The shifting paradoxes would continue, as the MEK established a headquarters at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, largely under American and Israeli protection. The one-time adversaries of both Persian monarchy and its American military and intelligence allies, had now become a tool of the United States and the Europeans against the Islamic theocratic regime they helped to usher in 3 decades ago.
And the ultimate paradoxes are these: First, Mr. Bush’s Operation Iraqi Freedom has resulted in the installation of a central government in Baghdad largely sympathetic to the IRI regime in Tehran, and with identical animosity to the MEK’s presence within its borders. Second, while Ed Blanche notes that it “was the MEK that disclosed the existence of Iran’s nuclear program in August 2002, stunning the U. S. intelligence and military establishments,” he fails to note credible information provided by Barry O’Connell and IPS’s Gareth Porter that the MEK’s role in “disclosing the existence of Iran’s nuclear program,” has been to serve as a clandestine conduit of information on the subject supplied by the Israeli intelligence community. Hello, Mossad, meet your new allies in the “Islamic-Marxist” network worldwide.
There you have it. The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), or People’s Holy Warriors, is an “Islamic-Marxist” terror organization, which assisted in implementing the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979; was subsequently involved in guerrilla warfare operations against the very Iranian Mullahs they helped to bring to power; fought on the side of Saddam Hussein for 8 years in the Iran-Iraq war between 1980-1988; and now, according to Barry O’Connell and Gareth Porter, is working with Jewish neo-conservatives and Israeli intelligence in planting false “intelligence” on Iran’s nuclear program with the American National Security State and Western news media, itching for a confrontation between Tehran and Tel Aviv—even as it now possesses an adversarial role with the very regime in Baghdad installed by Mr. Bush’s War. Confused?
You should be. The global international establishment can’t figure out what its position on the MEK is supposed to be, either. Hence, according to Blanche, Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate is trying to find the organization a new place to live; the U. S. State Department continues to maintain a place for the MEK on its terrorism blacklist, as does the European Union; American and Jewish neo-conservatives in the defense and intelligence communities of the United States advocate an alliance with the MEK against Tehran; even as Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled in May of 2008 that the MEK “should not be deemed a terrorist organization.”
Oh, yes. One other thing. Even as Israeli intelligence and the Pentagon pursue an anti-Tehran alliance with the MEK, Tehran, according to Blanche, offered the United States in December of 2003 several senior Al Qaeda operatives in exchange for MEK commanders under U. S. control at Camp Ashraf. The U. S. could have had Saif Al Adel and Mahfouz Ould Walid (Abu Hafs the Mauritanian), even as it avenged the deaths of murdered American personnel from the days of Pahlavi Iran in the 1970s.
Why was there no deal?
Better ask the Mossad, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Kenneth R. Timmerman, and the Project for the New American Century crowd.
Isn’t paradox wonderful?