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Novelist Walt Gragg just published The Chosen One, a new apocalyptic Mideast war novel. It envisions a US war against a self-styled Mahdi’s military attempt to unite the Arab world under an Islamic theocracy.

Gragg’s take on Islamic eschatology is, to say the least, problematic:

“For fourteen hundred years the prophecy had remained unfulfilled. Islam had yet to complete its conquest. Each day two billion voices prayed for Allah to give them a sign. Each evening they searched the heavens for the Mahdi’s arrival. At last their prayers had been answered…their guide, the Chosen One, had shown himself. The time had come for Islam to conquer. The time had come for the world to end.” (p.51) (If only all two billion Muslims on earth really were that fervent in their prayers for the Mahdi to come and help the one and only true Messiah, Jesus Christ, establish peace, truth, and justice!)

Gragg’s “Mahdi” tells an interviewer: “I’m the one who Allah, in his infinite wisdom, has selected to destroy the nonbelievers. I’m the one the prophecy foretold would lead Islam in its conquest of the world and to prepare the pious for the end of time.” (That’s only slightly better than the anthrax letters’ “Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great”—which as Graeme MacQueen writes “is as if someone had tried to frame Native Americans for the crime by inserting a note in the letters, ‘White man in heap big trouble.’)

The interviewer asks whether the term “nonbelievers” includes Christians. The “Mahdi” says “Christians are also considered nonbelievers by those who love the sacred teachings of the Qur’an…it’s not just Christians, Miss Wells. Unbelievers also include all non-Islamic religions and those Arabs whose belief in Islam is not as it should be.”

So Gragg’s “Mahdi” plans to kill everyone who doesn’t agree with his bizarre ideas. He sounds like a Takfiri-Wahhabi…a tiny, inconsequential, heretical sect that would not even exist today if it hadn’t been massively funded and weaponized by the British and later the Americans and Zionists. (ISIS, of course, was created at Camp Bucca as part of a US-Zionist psy-op against Islam.)

In fact, all Islamic authorities agree that the Mahdi will return to defeat Antichrist (Dajjal) and help Jesus Christ establish peace, truth, and justice on Earth. But good luck interesting a US publisher in a war novel truthfully depicting such things. The military novel reading public probably isn’t ready for a book explaining “we’ve met the Antichrist and he is US!”

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A retired attorney and former state prosecutor, Walt Gragg is a Vietnam veteran who served at United States European Headquarters in Germany, where the idea for his first novel The Red Line took shape.

(Republished from Truth Jihad by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, Islamism, Middle East 
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  1. Sean says:

    So Gragg’s “Mahdi” plans to kill everyone who doesn’t agree with his bizarre ideas. He sounds like a Takfiri-Wahhabi…a tiny, inconsequential, heretical sect that would not even exist today if it hadn’t been massively funded and weaponized by the British and later the Americans and Zionists. (ISIS, of course, was created at Camp Bucca as part of a US-Zionist psy-op against Islam.)

    I suppose you are talking about Saudi Arabia. The Saudis vociferously complain about the treatment of the Arab minority in Iran even though that minority is Shia. Arabs and Persians have been fighting throughout recorded history.

    From 1983 onward, Saddam got $40 billion from Saudi Arabia for his war against Iran. Now the Iranians think they are winning, but just as the invasion of Iraq was to make the Saud family dictatorship secure against domestic opposition (Osama) to the US army in Saudi Arabia that Saddam’s regieme across the border made necessary (by removing Saddam so the US army could withdraw from Saudi Arabia) the US will be forced to destroy Iran.

  2. One of the incongruous elements of Gragg’s novel is that the forces of his self-styled Mahdi act like Wahhabi-takfiris but have their main base in the Shia majority countries Iraq and Iran.

    I think he basically took the British accounts of the 19th century Sudanese Mahdi uprising and stamped that template on today’s Middle East, where it doesn’t fit. Those British accounts were, of course, extremely self serving, as victors’ history always is, demonizing and dehumanizing the heroes who fought against a massively superior force that was invading and looting their country.

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  3. Gall says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    “One of the incongruous elements of Gragg’s novel is that the forces of his self-styled Mahdi act like Wahhabi-takfiris but have their main base in the Shia majority countries Iraq and Iran.”

    Well it’s much like many of these second cold war “thrillers” (agitprop) comparing Putin to Stalin. A ridiculously absurd or absurdly ridiculous comparison. I look at them as more potboilers for the masses and the basis for another Ziowood movie.

    Personally I thought the following quote was pretty funny:

    “Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great”—which as Graeme MacQueen writes “is as if someone had tried to frame Native Americans for the crime by inserting a note in the letters, ‘White man in heap big trouble.’“

    Another factor is the fact that only six percent of terrorism in America is perpetrated by Islamic Fundamentalists while seven percent is assigned to Jewish Terrorists like for example the J “D” L while most of it is carried out by various political factions on both the left and right of the political spectrum.

    Yet because of the USG’s Israelicentric policies they want the public to falsely believe that “Islamic Terrorism” is the problem. Actually if one looks at the definition of Terrorism as defined in the Oxford American as “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” then it turns out that the US and their little buddy Israel are the biggest purveyors of Terrorism.

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