August 8, 2006
Iranian cataclysm forecast Aug. 22Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Iran has promised to respond to a plan for a Western aid package in return for an end to Iran's uranium enrichment program on August 22nd. As noted at Global Politician, Ahmadinejad is a significant proponent of symbolism, so why has Ahmadinejad chosen August 22nd? That is the day of Lailat Al-Israa when, the Prophet Mohammed purportedly ascended to heaven from modern-day Jerusalem. One can only imagine what sort of event Ahmadinejad plans to commemorate on that day, and attempt to solidify his image as a holy warrior in the final days.
Now a top expert on the Mideast says it is possible Iran could pick Aug. 22, the anniversary of one of Islam's holiest events, for a cataclysm Shiite Muslims believe will forever resolve the battle between "good" and "evil."
Princeton's Bernard Lewis has written an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal advising that the rest of the world would be wise to bear in mind that for those who believe the end of the world is imminent and good, there is no deterrent even to nuclear warfare.Read more at WorldNetDaily...
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged his people to prepare for the coming of an Islamic "messiah," raising concerns a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.
He's also said, in a WND report, that Islam and its followers must prepare to rule the world, because it is a "universal ideology that leads the world to justice."
Now comes Lewis, who notes that the world must be concerned about a leader for whom the possibility of death is not a deterrent.
"In this context, mutual assured destruction, the deterrent that worked so well during the Cold War, would have no meaning," Lewis wrote. "At the end of time, there will be general destruction anyway. What will matter will be the final destination of the dead - hell for the infidels, and heaven for the believers.
"For people with this mindset, MAD is not a constraint, it is an inducement," he said.
I was curious what journalists from the region were saying and came across a Gulf Times piece by Farshid Motahari, who included an ominous quote in his article: ""It is clear that not only the current government, but also the Ahmadinejad opposition, cannot give in to an ultimatum and would eventually prefer a confrontation to losing face and national pride."
To Iran, It's about pride, power, and a radical Islamic ideology. For Ahmadinejad and the mullahs, a martyr's heaven - sparked by an Islamic-induced apocalypse, is undoubtedly coming, sooner or later. Whether it happens on August 22 or not, if Iran is allowed to go nuclear, it will be very soon thereafter. In the meantime - count on the present conflict in Lebanon to be just a warmup.
Author Jerome Corsi wrote in his book, "Atomic Iran,":
"The anticipation is that when the Mahdi returns, Islam will triumph over all other religions such that an Iranian-style Shiite Islamic theocracy will replace every other government on the face of the Earth. The belief in the Second Coming of the Mahdi is similar to the belief of many evangelical Christians who anticipate the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Yet there is an important difference. The cult of the Mahdi holds that the world must experience an Apocalypse before the Mahdi comes back."Via WorldNetDaily, in the updated edition of "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," Corsi reveals new predictions and analysis about an Iran marching toward destructive nuclear power and related Middle East events.
Corsi was ahead of the fray when "Atomic Iran" was first released last year, having forecasted many of Iran's disturbing developments before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly pronounced them this year.
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