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July 31, 2006

Ahmadinejad's 'Apocolypse Now'

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives


Hezbollah's attack on Israel nearly two weeks ago was directed by the highest levels of the Iranian government due to Iran's official ideology that is based on a fundamentalist Shiite theology. Iran's Islamic theocratic doctrine calls for the complete annihilation of Israel and additional wave of attacks to establish global dominance of Shiite Islam. "Israel is merely a stepping stone to the West." In order to win the "global war on terror," which is more accurately described as a global war against fundamentalist Islam, the West must understand the enemy and their objectives.
If you've been wondering why Iran's mad mullahs and the Islamic regime's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad picked August 22 for their response to Western demands for cessation of their nuclear program, Al Bawaba offers a scary explanation:

The decision by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to respond to Western demands to a new proposal regarding the cessation of Iran's nuclear efforts on August 22, a seemingly arbitrary date, rather than the earlier date set by the West raises some interesting questions. Western demands for a response by mid-July have gone unheeded thus far, while August 22, which falls at the end of the corresponding Iranian month of Mordad, will likely be when Iran will voice its opinion of the controversial proposal, according to the Free Republic. An explanation as to why Ahmadinejad chose such a date may lie in the heart of Islamic tradition, while at the same time highlight the West's inability to understand the extent of the clash of civilizations at hand between the age-old Judeo-Christian tradition and that of their successor, Islam. According to the Shiite Muslim tradition, of which Ahmadinejad is a strong follower, the 12th imam, or the so-called "hidden" Imam Mahdi, has miraculously been kept alive since his disappearance in 874 AD. The revered Imam is set to return at a time of great global chaos, war and bloodshed, after which an era of Islamic justice will be ushered in. Some believe that Imam Mahdi will be returning some time this August, also the time some military experts predict that Iran will be ready to construct its first nuclear weapon. Also important to note is that fact that August 22 of the current year also corresponds with the Islamic date of Rajab 28. This day is the same day on which the great Saladin conquered and entered Jerusalem, further evidence of Ahmadinejad's belief in the regional importance of the date chosen by him to report to the West.
So, is August 22 Iran's day of terror for Jerusalem? Will Western powers move to stop Iran before it is too late?

Iran's Islamic regime is determined to try to bring about the end of the world and it is likely to begin in Jerusalem:

... the Night Journey has become firmly embedded in the Islamic consciousness, such that Muslims today celebrate it as one of the central events of Muhammad's life. And now, according to Ghadry, Ahmadinejad is planning an illumination of the night sky over Jerusalem to rival the one that greeted the Prophet of Islam on his journey. What the Iranian President, he says, is "promising the world by August 22 is the light in the sky over the Aqsa Mosque that took place the night before. That is his answer to the package of incentives the international community offered Iran on June 6."

Certainly a nuclear attack on Jerusalem or even an all-out conventional assault against Israel by Iran would be consistent with Ahmadinejad's oft-repeated denials of Israel's right to exist and recent predictions that its demise was at hand. He hinted at the use of nuclear weapons in his phrasing when he said that Israel "pushed the button of its own destruction" by finally retaliating against Hizballah's relentless rocket barrage from south Lebanon.

In The Bullpen notes that the Iranian-funded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has also repeatedly announced a surprise is on the way for Israel. Are the two messages connected?

As I shake my head from side to side in disbelief and dismay, I can't understand why it is that so many in the West have refused to recognize what Iran and Syria have been up to, and why we have allowed Iran to come this far. There is little doubt that the price for our ignorance and refusal to face the threat head-on and much soomer is going to be a worldwide unmitigated disaster. Ahmadinejad has been clear; according to him, just 6 days after becoming Iran's President, the wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.

Posted by Richard at July 31, 2006 12:30 PM

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