Category Archives: Iran

Running with the footmen

The Middle East is in flames. Scenes reminiscent of a second Vietnam flicker on the TV screens of the world.  Jihadi forces that Israel has been combating for nearly a century are swarming like zombies over the walls and borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan – colonial boundaries established by Britain and France at the […]

Rumble in Nineveh

This past week has seen the collapse of central U.S. strategies in the Middle East. Ayatollah Khomeini’s fateful plane ride from Paris to Tehran in 1979 generated a spiritual earthquake in the region. Current events in Iraq are a similar major shock. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS – a group spiritually connected […]

Does anybody really know what time it is?

In the late Sixties the rock group Chicago recorded a lovely jazz-swing hit. The song asks if people are truly aware of what is happening in the world around them: “As I was walking down the street one day, being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock…People runnin’ everywhere, don’t know where […]

The Hanukkah Turkey

The United States of America is about to experience an unusual event – the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. Though this may not be the most significant world event this month (try the collapse of Western and UN resolve in the P5+1 accord with Iran), it […]

Munich on 44th Street

The German philosopher Hegel once remarked that great historical patterns seem to appear in human history twice, in a repeating configuration. Karl Marx added that, though great historical patterns may appear twice, they appear first as tragedy, and the second time as farce (www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/18th-brumaire). Marx’s take on human history was tinged with great cynicism, and […]

When the Middle Eastern pot boils over

The Middle East is a violently boiling cauldron. So many changes are happening so quickly, and the media does not grasp the complexity and intractability of the present situation.  What follows is a brief summation of the current state of affairs, and scriptural guidelines on how to pray for each country. Syria – the history […]

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