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February 2, 2007

More Ahmadinejad: News Chirac Must Have Missed

Topics: Iran

CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey2.gifIn yesterday's "For Jacques Chirac, Nuclear Iran Is No Problem At All," we said that apparently Chirac, and perhaps many of our European allies as well, think that the old Soviet era concept of mutually assured destruction works for radical Islamists and an Islamic regime that prays for armageddon. Why else would he say something so outlandishly insane as, "If Iran had one or two nuclear weapons, it would not pose a big danger, and that if Iran were to launch a nuclear weapon against a country like Israel, it would lead to the immediate destruction of Tehran."?

As we said in the same post, Chirac has once again exposed his absolute naiveté of radical Islam and especially Iran's radical Islamic regime. In an overnight comment to the post on Freedom's Zone, a reader pointed to an article at Crusade Media (a somewhat inflamatory name that doesn't exactly breed credibility in ME minds) that's worthy of mention: Iran: Israel, US will soon die (Ahmadinejad: Be assured that the US and Israel will soon end lives):

iranmessiah.jpg8th January 2007

Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria's foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a report. Iran's official FARS news agency also reported the comments. These are official comments coming from Iran, so the liberal blog press who say Iran didn't say that - read it for yourself.

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

The Iranian president also directly tied events in Lebanon to a wider plan aimed at Israel's destruction. He called on "regional countries" to "support the Islamic resistance of the Lebanese people and strive to enhance solidarity and unity among the different Palestinian groups in a bid to pave the ground for the undermining of the Zionist regime whose demise is, of course, imminent."

Ahmadinejad has threatened the State of Israel with annihilation several times in recent months, and has recently added the US and Britain to the list of countries he says will be destroyed.

... Syria's Foreign Minister, Wailed Mualem, accused the US of attempting to carry out a "massacre of Muslims" and of sowing "discord among Islamic faiths in the region."

Since France isn't included in the nations to be destroyed, we can only assume that Chirac believes France is secure. Silly French!

Just one day earlier came the news, "Iran prepares people for 'messiah miracles'": Government broadcasts series on imminent appearance of apocalyptic Islamic 'Mahdi':

Official Iranian radio has completed broadcasting a lengthy series on the imminent appearance of a messianic figure who will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic Shiite rule over the entire world - even speculating on specific dates the so-called "Mahdi" will be revealed.

"Be joyous my heart, miracles of the Messiah will soon be here," reads a poem used to conclude the first broadcast. "The scent of breaths of the One we know comes from near. Grieve not of sorrow and melancholy, as assured I was ... last night that a Savior will come, it's clear."

After the coming of the 12th imam, or Mahdi, "liberal democratic civilization" will be found only in "history museums," explained the program.

Contrary to the views of western theoreticians, who usually depict an ambiguous and dark future for mankind, Muslim experts believe human history, despite its many ups and downs, has a very auspicious fate," explained the program. "Muslims believe (sic) hopes for the realization of such a happy ending for the world are called 'Awaiting Redemption,' and means waiting for man's problems to be solved by the Savior at the end of time. This awaiting influences many, and inspired them with activity and enthusiasm in confronting darkness and oppression for changing the existing situation. ..."

This messianic figure will be a direct descendant of Muhammad, according to the broadcasts.

"In short, when he reappears, peace, justice and security will overcome oppression and deceit and one global government, the most perfect ever, will be established," it said.

The Mahdi will appear suddenly, according to the report, in Mecca. Though no one can know the day, Shiites believe, the report actually suggests possibilities in the Muslim calendar.

The Mahdi will lead a cataclysmic battle against a descendant of Muhammad's archenemy, Abu Sofyan, culminating in the cities of Kufa and Najaf. His enemy, though, is destroyed later in Jerusalem.

... Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of the Mahdi is raising concerns that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.

Looking at only the bold text, the rest being commentary rather than news, what does Chirac think is meant by, "The imminent appearance of a messianic figure who will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic Shiite rule over the entire world"? I guess Chirac fools himself in believing that all those riots in France's Muslim community were simply 'boys being boys."

As for the rest of us, let's hope we aren't so naive.

Related: Iran President Vows to Push Nuke Program: Ahmadinejad's remarks Thursday signaled that Iran would begin the installation before Feb. 11 - the final day of nationwide celebrations in memory of the Islamic revolution. He has also called people to the streets that day to show support for the nuclear program.

Posted by Richard at February 2, 2007 5:51 AM

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