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May 11, 2006

Iran's 'Final' Warning - A 'Declaration Of War'? (Updated)

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In an interesting follow-up to Debbie's post yesterday, Charles at LGF points to The New York Sun and says it may be the only mainstream newspaper in America that has figured out the real meaning of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush - Iran is declaring war with America:

(New York Sun) - President Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush, widely interpreted as a peaceful overture, is in fact a declaration of war. The key sentence in the letter is the closing salutation. In an eight-page text of the letter being circulated by the Council on Foreign Relations, it is left untranslated and rendered as "Vasalam Ala Man Ataba'al hoda." What this means is "Peace only unto those who follow the true path."

It is a phrase with historical significance in Islam, for, according to Islamic tradition, in year six of the Hejira - the late 620s - the prophet Mohammad sent letters to the Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor telling them to convert to the true faith of Islam or be conquered. The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing Islamic rule over infidels.

LGF noted earlier this week that Ahmadinejad's letter was a da'wa (a call to Islam) - with a nod to Robert Spencer's: Ahmadinejad Calls Bush to Islam.

On May 8, Laura Mansfield posited if Ahmadinejad's letter should be considered a last warning" of sorts, and said that the possibility that must be considered in any analysis of the letter. She offered that the letter was openly hostile and derisive of the US, claiming that the entire world has turned against America. Only minimal reference was made to the nuclear standoff, and no solutions were proposed, and that Islamic theology documents that no attack can be carried out in jihad without first offering the "unbelievers" the opportunity to "repent" and accept Islam. Only when that overture is rejected can an attack occur:

Al Qaeda has repeatedly issued warnings prior to attacks, although the warning are never specific enough for the West to recognize the exact target or timing of the attack. However, the warning is made.

The Qu'ran documents that Allah even is required to issue such warnings. The following three verses from the Qu'ran are representative of the many that do this.

Surah 50, ayat (verse) 14 of the Qu'ran says:

The Companions of the Wood, and the People of Tubba'; each one (of them) rejected the messengerss, and My warning was duly fulfilled (in them).

Surah 41, ayat (verse) 13 of the Qu'ran says:

If they turn away, then say, "I am warning you of a disaster like the disaster that annihilated `Aad and Thamoud."

Surah 41, ayat (verse) 17 of the Qu'ran says:

As for Thamoud, we provided them with guidance, but they preferred blindness over guidance. Consequently, the disastrous and shameful retribution annihilated them, because of what they earned.

The question must be asked: Is this letter to the Bush Administration from Iran a "final warning" to the United States?
Mansfield's closing paragraph to her piece serves as a warning we all need to hope Washington has heard: "With the internationally accepted belief that the Islamist rulers of Iran and their Al Qaeda partners in terror either already have or are on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, it is imperative that we answer that question".

Update: Hal Lindsey sees the Ahmadinejad letter the same way that Mansfield does, but offers an alternative - we could all just start learning the Quran (and by implication - that includes moderate Muslims getting ready for sharia in their daily lives):

(...) Indeed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brags that Iran has signed up tens of thousands of volunteer suicide bombers sworn to defend Iran (and, perhaps coincidentally, to keep the Iranian populace on their toes).

(...) Ahmadinejad is a fanatic who believes it is his destiny to start the global war that will bring about the emergence of the Islamic "Mahdi," which is their equivalent of the Messiah in Judeo-Christianity. The Islamic Mahdi will lead a victorious Islamic army in a global conquest of the world for Islam in the last days, according to Islamic prophecies. Their concept of this prophecy is based on the war of Armageddon from the book of Revelation in the New Testament. The difference is they believe the goal is to subject the whole world to submission to Allah, and to establish Sharia Law and the Quran as the rule of all people.

(...) Most secular analysts interpreted the letter as merely a stalling tactic designed to send the U.N. Security Council back to the debating table to give Iran more time to process uranium and develop its nuclear program. In reality, this is a letter from a devout believer in the Quran that is following the Quranic pattern to the letter. He believes that if the "gracious invitation" to submit to Allah and the Muslim religion is refused, then he is fully justified by the Quran to use all military means possible to subject the "pre-warned, obstinate infidels to either convert, subject or be killed."

[...- The United States officially dismissed the letter as a ploy that offered "no new insights." To view the letter in this way is to fail to understand the gravity it portends in the context of the religious views that created it. Viewed in the light of Ahmadinejad's fervent religious convictions, the letter shows us what is, in his view, our only option. This is what the Ahmadinejad letter stated in no uncertain terms.

He wrote:

Mr. President, according to divine verses, we have all been called upon to worship one God [Allah] and follow the teachings of the divine [Muslim] prophets. We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking toward a main focal point - that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: "Do you not want to join them?"

It is a matter of record that Ahmadinejad's goal is to use nuclear weapons to advance the spread of Islam, destroy Israel, hasten the return of the Mahdi, and bring about the glorious Islamic "End Days" in which all the world will live in their concept of an Islamic paradise.

But first, the Quran requires that an infidel be invited to voluntarily submit to Islam before an attack is justified.

Ahmadinejad's letter did precisely that - officially offering President Bush the chance to embrace Islam in front of the entire Islamic world.

Far from containing "nothing new," Ahmadinejad's letter is a religious ultimatum - submit to Islam, or face the consequences.

In the light of this letter, the West, and especially the United States, faces only two options - conventional war now ... or nuclear war in a few months.

If we do not have the courage to face the facts and act now, we had better start learning the Quran.

This leaves us with some very big questions: Does President Bush truly understand the significance of the letter, what does he want to do about it, and what will be done to STOP Iran now before it's too late - given the political climate in Washington and the very loud liberal Left that is all too happy to be nuked to oblivion!

Posted by Richard at May 11, 2006 11:12 AM

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