The past seven years have attracted a new breed of evangelicals: Armageddon Christians. The neo-conservative foreign policy combined with George Bush’s personal born-again experience has been the perfect combination for Evangelicals, who fell prey to the crusade-like policies of the current presidency.
Since evangelicals in the late 70’s were duped into thinking that born-again Jimmy Carter cared about their concerns, one would think they would learn from their mistakes. However, the most consistent characteristic of Armageddon evangelicals is that they are consistently willing to try the same error more than once. For them, the world divides into two categories: Us vs. Jihadists. There is no attempt to look contextually into the reasons Muslims attack us; there is no attempt to understand the legitimate theory of blowback explained by Chalmers Johnson. Thus saith George Bush. But this is the same George Bush who said that Islam and Christianity pray to the same god. One has to wonder why the evangelical mind is so naive in matters of foreign affairs. After seven years of “holy war” blunders, it is conceivable that some Armageddon evangelicals will abandon their ways and embrace a more sober foreign policy. A sober view of foreign policy means abrogating any dream of managing history through the barrel of a gun.