archbishop of canterbury speaks out against hegemony in iraq

archbishop of canterbury challenges christian zionism and current u.s. war policies

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Sarah Joseph, Times On Line

At one end of the spectrum you have Christian Zionism which is very interested in the Holy Land in ways which I find very strange, and not at all easy to accept.  At the other end of the spectrum you have Christians for whom the Holy Land is some distant theme park.”  He does however feel that a “growing number of Christians have become aware of the reality of the situation on the ground” and journeys there have helped “expose their minds and hearts to the realities.”  He wants to see those numbers growing.

Christian Zionists support the return of Jews to Israel because they believe the second coming of Jesus will not occur until all Jews are in Israel.  The Archbishop is scathing, accusing them of being connected to “the chosen nation myth of America, meaning that what happens to America is very much as the heart of God’s purpose for humanity.”

In today’s world it is easy to see why people would believe such an idea:  America seems so intrinsically involved in everything.  The Archbishop recognizes that “We have only one global hegemonic power at the moment.”  But, he propounds, “it is not  accumulating territory, it is trying to accumulate influence and control.  That’s not working.  “Far from seeing this positively he describes it as “the worst of all worlds,” saying, “It is one thing to take over a territory and then pour energy and resources into administering and normalizing it.  Rightly or wrongly, that’s what the British Empire did–in India for example.  It is another thing to go in on the assumption that a quick burst of violent action will somehow clear the decks and that you can move on and other people will put things  back together–Iraq,  for example” 

Wikipedia (non-Williams) hegemony quote:  recently, many scholars have argued that the complex events of September 11, 2001 were instantly and deliberately conflated with “The War on Terror,” a tool with which George W. Bush exploited nationalism, racism, Christianity, and fear so as to pursue corporate profiteering in the energy sector, pharmaceuticals, armaments, telecommunications, and other key sectors.[3]


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