Quote of the Day

Matthew Yglesias on pastor John Hagee expressing support for Israel by hoping for an apocalyptic war in the Middle East:

“Israel, as you may have heard, is actually located in the Middle East and populated by Jews. Thus, it’s not obvious in which sense envisioning a blood-soaked Middle East clash that leads to the return of Jesus Christ constitutes support for Israel.”

I’m frankly tired of so many premillennialists being this flat out reckless. Take something, anything, tear it out of the Bible and use it as a reason to provoke war in the hope that such a war will touch off some kind of Armageddon? Great, that’s great, it’s a free pass on any scholarship concerning the history of the region or geopolitics or anything else actually useful in understanding the Middle East.