“Mad Dog” Gaddafi ‘s evil regime may now be toppling in Libya, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still in power in Teheran.
It is easy for Westerners to forget, and even easier to dismiss as scaremongering, the fact that Ahmadinejad believes that the central purpose of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to prepare the way – with brimstone and fire – for the return of the Mahdi, or Twelfth Imam, who according to Shia tradition was born over 1000 years ago, is not dead but in hiding, and will one day reveal himself and rule the world.
"Today, we should define our economic, cultural and political policies based on the policy of Imam Mahdi's return," the Iranian president has said.
"We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return."
"They [Western nations] have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule."According to Shia tradition, the return, and subsequent rule,of the Twelfth Imam will be preceded by turbulence and destruction of apocalyptic proportions. A mighty cataclysm must occur to effect his arrival.
Calls for Israel’s extirpation, and denying the Holocaust, are endemic to Islamism elsewhere in the Middle East – we can see such statements on videos featuring the Egyptian Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi (the one who yesterday issued a fatwa against Gaddafi, incidentally) as well as many other Islamic extremists – but the fact remains that only Ahmadinejad’s Iran is on the threshold of acquiring The Bomb, which as the Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer has observed,
“could do in one afternoon what it took Hitler six years to do: destroy an entire Jewish civilization and extinguish 6 million souls.
Everyone knows where Iran's nuclear weapons will be aimed. Everyone knows they will be put on Shahab rockets, which have been modified so that they can reach Israel. And everyone knows that if the button is ever pushed, it will be the end of Israel.
But it gets worse. The president of a country about to go nuclear is a confirmed believer in the coming apocalypse.... The more devout believers in Iran pray at the Jamkaran mosque, which houses a well from which, some believe, he will emerge.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/15/AR2005121501428.htmlAs Ariel Sharon warned, the Mahdi, in the view of Ahmadinejad and other radical Iranian Shi’ites
"needs a war. He cannot come into this world without an Armageddon. He wants an Armageddon. The earlier we understand this the better. Ahmadinejad wants nuclear weapons for this!"There are many who warn of this, but the warnings seem often to fall on deaf ears:
The Mahdi has handmaidens:
The Jerusalem Post (17 January 2011) featured an interview with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. The exact date when Iran will acquire nuclear weapons is “a moving target,” and “all we know is that this year they will not have a nuclear weapon,” he’s quoted as saying.
“However, in order to ensure that they will not have the weapons in 2014 or 2015, we must not let up. We must continue and not stop the momentum. There is a momentum where the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Iranian government, is now in the crosshairs of the international community.”
The ex-pat Iranian political analyst and human rights campaigner Jahanshah Rashidian has warned that despite Ahmadinejad's nuttiness it is a mistake not to take him seriously:
‘His repeated comments suggesting that Israel be "wiped off the map" is stirring international ire, and they even caused some Iranian officials to play down his remarks, saying that Ahmadinejad did not mean to speak in such sharp terms.
Ahmadinejad's bellicose remarks, at a moment when Iran is under increasing world scrutiny for its nuclear programme, suggest that the man does not care about war and catastrophe for his people. His threatening words mirror the similar methods of the unpopular [Islamic Republic of Iran] IRI by creating the shadow of an external threat in order to keep control over its own people. Ahmadinejad serves the survival of the regime, no matter how weird he is, and no matter how he has failed to rally the majority of people. In the absence of democracy, he gains more blind adherents, more Islamist followers in the world, and more apologists for the regime.
Ahmadinejad is putting forward IRI's vision for global Islamic domination. The vision of Islamic domination cannot coexist in any manner with peaceful rhetoric. Ahmadinejad's words are the direct consequences of the regime’s world view, and as such, he is supported by the Leader of the IRI, ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the Hojattyeh-sect and some international Islamists, despite his weird attitudes and uncontrolled speeches....
Ahmadinejad needs to seek refuge in his unreal world. He views himself the direct vassal of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, of Shi’ites, for whom he prepares the reappearance after more than a thousand years of occultation. He propagates the idea that he is in permanent contact with him and receives advice from him.
Whatever one may think of Ahmadinejad, any perceived insanity or instability can be best explained by his unshakeable belief in the ethos of the Shiite sect – with a messianic idea of world catastrophe leading to the coming of the Twelfth Imam and Islamic rule over the world. If one analyses this religious belief, his words make perfect sense but only within the strict context of this belief system. When he believes the Mahdi protects him with a "halo of light", then his words must mirror this belief.
The belief in the imminent return of the Mahdi has not only influenced Ahmadinejad's words and attitudes, but also driven his foreign policy brinksmanship. According to him, "a historic war between the oppressor, non-Muslims, and the world of Islam" is under way, and the IRI is on the front lines. Thus, as Ahmadinejad told a closed-door session of the "Majles" (Iranian parliament) foreign policy and national security committee in January 2006, Iran must abandon its decade-and-a-half-old policy of "detente" with the West in favour of confrontation.’http://wwwdamavandsafa.blogspot.com/
See also: http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2010/09/ahmadinejad-bomb-and-twelfth-imam.html