Christian Zionist Joel C. Rosenberg and the new media attack on Iran
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In August of 2006, alternative radio talk show host Alex Jones interviewed Joel C. Rosenberg, the author of a series of apocalyptic novels dealing with alleged Muslim plots to destroy Israel and America and ultimately bring about the destruction of the world. In light of Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergence as the winner of the Israeli elections, I have decided to post this interview to give you a perspective on the revived media push to bring the subject of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program back into the mainstream.
Rosenberg, who is a leading figure in the Christian Zionist movement, regularly appears on all the network news outlets to promote his books. He writes for several conservative and neoconservative websites like the influential National Review (read his fearmongering article entitled Apocalypse Now?) and he is also a guest speaker in churches around the US and the world to promote the dangerous relationship between Christians and the state of Israel.
While Rosenberg is a well known figure, there is scant information about him on the internet. Popular figures in media and politics will generally have a Wikipedia page with a short bio, and although Rosenberg has such a page, it doesn’t state his date and place of birth nor does it name any of his relatives or next of kin. His web page has a similar bio with a little more general information, but not much with regards to his background or past history.
The only thing that can be said about Rosenberg was that he worked as an aid to influential leaders in Israel such as former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rosenberg claims to be “a failed political consultant,” so I find it very puzzling as to how an American with no documented political or military background, who is a Christian no less, acquire a seemingly random opportunuity to work for hard line Zionist extremists from Israel’s Likud party.
On January 13, 2009, Rosenberg, along with a host of neoconservative columnist and bloggers, was able to sit in on a 25 minute conference call with Netanyhu to get the Israeli version of the IDF’s incursion into Gaza, presumably for future propaganda purposes. Here are some of Netanyahu’s statements:
This is a classic case of justice pitted against injustice, against the forces of darkness.
Our fight with Hamas is with terrorists who have backers in Iran and have shown the willingness to use any methods including firing rockets on innocent civilians….Israel is now the front line in the battle between militant Islam and the rest of the world – witness what has happened [in terms of terrorist attacks in recent years] in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mumbai, New York, Washington….and there are enormous global consequences. Does Iran have a victory in one of its two forward outposts?
You may recall that back in late 2007 the IAEA reported that while Iran did have a nuclear weapons program, the program was disbanded and as of 2003, there was no evidence that Iran had restarted the program. And just like Iraq’s fictitious WMD program, that didn’t stop the Bush administration from continuing to lie about Iran’s weapons program even though the White House was briefed that such a weapons program was non existent.
On February 19, 2009, the headlines blared, “Iran holds enough uranium for one bomb” , and as usual, the focus was not on the fact that there is still no evidence that Iran has an actual nuclear weapon’s program.
UN officials emphasise that to produce fissile material Iran would have to reconfigure its Natanz plant to produce high enriched uranium rather than low enriched uranium – a highly visible step that would take months – or to shift its stockpile to a clandestine site.
No such sites have been proved to exist, although for decades Iran concealed evidence of its nuclear programme.
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