Richard Edmondson in his own words:  “I am a novelist, poet, journalist, and peace activist. My latest book is The Memoirs of Saint John: When the Sandstone Crumbles, part two in the Memoirs of St. John series. The book provides a fictional account of the life of John the disciple in the years after the crucifixion of Christ. Click here for more information. In this blog much of my focus is on the Middle East, particularly the occupation of Palestine and events as they are now playing out in Syria. While I am a Christian, I am not a Christian Zionist.  The founding of Israel in 1948 was not the fulfillment of God’s prophecy Christian Zionists believe it to be (apartheid and endless occupation are not part of the divine plan), but if you read the second chapter of II Thessalonians you will notice Saint Paul foretelling the coming of a “powerful delusion”–and certainly Israel and its supporters in the mainstream media, to the extent that Paul’s prediction applies here, have practiced the art of deception to a rather stunning degree.”