Ever wonder why fundies in the US have such a woody for Israel? Puzzled that the Bible belt indigent elected a rich boy to 2 terms? Someone asked me this question and I finally found the answer, so I wrote it here.
The following is a timeline of events, each followed by a passage of the Bible which fundamentalists link with the modern day event. As you read the following timeline, remember that Fundamentalist Christians believe in an all-powerful God who does not always pal it up with mankind. They do not interpret the following as pure chance.
1947-1991 - US supports Israel during Cold War. US grows prosperous as depression and rationing end. In contrast, rationing begins in Bloc nations supporting the Arab nations about Israel. "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3"
August, 1991 - Soviet Union collapses in coup
Oct 30, 1991 - President George H. Bush crafts and signs the Oslo Accord. The Accord required Israel to award land to the Palestinians in exchange for peace.
Oct 31, 1991 - The Perfect Storm rages over the Atlantic, rides into Kennebunkport, Maine and demolishes Bush's house. "They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance... So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Psalms 83:4, 15"
Aug 23, 1992 - President Bush again tries to sell the Oslo Accord.
Aug 23, 1992 - Hurricane Andrew hits Florida, at the time the worst natural disaster to hit the US.
Jan 16, 1994 - President Clinton meets with Syria President Assad to discuss divestiture of Golan Heights
Jan 17, 1994 - 6.9 mag earthquake hits California, at the time the second most destructive disaster to hit the US.
Sep 28, 1998 - Sec State Albright finalizes land-for-peace agreement. US President Clinton meets with PLO Leader Arafat and Israeli President Netanyahu to sign it. Arafat addresses UN pledging a Palestinian homeland by 1999.
Sep 28, 1998 - Hurricane George hits Gulf Coast. "For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Joel 3:1-2"
Oct 15, 1998 - Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland to discuss Israel giving up land.
Oct 17, 1998 - Tornadoes hit Texas. Rain and floods continue for 5 days. "O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. Psalm 83:13"
Nov 30, 1998 - Arafat meets with Clinton to raise money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. 42 nations agree to donate 3 billion dollars each.
Nov 30, 1998 - Financial disaster. Dow drops 216 points, market capital is wiped out.
May 3, 1998 - Arafat schedules press conference to announce Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital.
May 3, 1998 - The most powerful US tornado storm on record hits the Midwest. Winds clocked at 316 mph, fastest ever.
June 8, 2001 - President George W. Bush sends Sec Tenet to pursue the Oslo accord.
June 8, 2001 - Tropical Storm Allison hits Texas and closes the George Bush airport for 2 days. Storm continues over the area until Tenet leaves 5 days later.
Aug 23, 2001 - Via CNN, President Bush tells Arafat to put 100% effort into stopping terrorism if he wants Israel to negotiate. Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah recalls Ambassador Bandar from the US in retaliation.
Aug 27, 2001 - Bandar meets with Sec Rice and threatens to withhold oil because of the comments. Pres Bush writes an apology letter to Bandar stating that Palestinian people have the right to live in their own state in their own homeland.
Sept 7, 2001 - Bandar returns to US. With the President he announces the creation of a Palestinian State. Negotiations continue until Sept 9.
Sep 10, 2001 - The negotiations are complete. Bandar calls Saudi Arabia to inform the Crown Prince.
Sep 11, 2001 - Terrorists destroy the World Trade Center and damage the Pentagon, killing thousands.
Aug 23, 2005 - Under threats of economic action from President Bush, Israel evicts settlers from the disputed territories and gives them to the Palestinians, as per Bush's "Roadmap For Peace".
Aug 23, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina forms in the Carribean.
Aug 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina evicts thousands from New Orleans.