Tipping Points

February 12, 2006

Understanding Ahmadinejad

Filed under: Islam,Middle East,War — thricearmed @ 5:05 am

Iranian President and ex-terrorist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems, to the rational person, to be tickling a sleeping tiger. He is trying his level best to bring the wrath of the most powerful countries in the world down on his head. Why? Just to bolster his self-esteem? No, the reason seems very clear. He thinks, or wants Muslims to think, that he is the Mahdi. He believes that with the entire Muslim world at his back he can have world conquest and final destruction of the infidels. He wants power, money, fame. He is a megalomaniac. And if he gets nuclear weapons, he may very well be able to terrorize half the world into joining the ranks of the conquered.

If we do not fight, with the pen and with the dollar, then he has an excellent chance. Bloggers, investors, government officials, fight, fight for the liberty and happiness of millions. Fight for the memories of those we are too late to save. Fight for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

 New on February 12, 2006 @ 05:05

Sean Hackbarth at the American Mind has a different take, which seems just as likely, and shows just as much likelihood of war:

 

Iran’s location along with its vast energy supply make it an ever-growing power in its region. With India’s and China’s economies showing no end to their growth they will look more and more to Iran’s oil and natural gas supplies. Simply because of that it will remain an important world player. Part of the reason Iran wants the nuclear bomb is to counter Israel’s known but not admitted arsenal. That would seem reasonable except that Iran has a history of supporting terrorism to advance its national interests. Even worse they have a man in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who thinks he has the power to bring about the Shia version of the Apocolypse. Arnaud de Borchgrave writes,

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Shi’ite creed has convinced him lesser mortals can not only influence but hasten the awaited return of the 12th Imam, known as the Mahdi. Iran’s dominant “Twelver” sect holds this will be Muhammad ibn Hasan, the righteous descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He is said to have gone into “occlusion” in the 9th century, at age 5. His return will be preceded by cosmic chaos, war, bloodshed and pestilence. After this cataclysmic confrontation between the forces of good and evil, the Mahdi will lead the world to an era of universal peace.
“The ultimate promise of all Divine religions,” says Ahmadinejad, “will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being [the 12th Imam], who is heir to all prophets. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace. Oh mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one.” He reckons the return of the Imam, AWOL for 11 centuries, is only two years away.
Mr. Ahmadinejad is close to the messianic Hojjatieh Society, which is governed by the conviction the 12th Imam’s return will be hastened by “the creation of chaos on Earth.” He has fired Iran’s most experienced diplomats and scores of other officials, presumably those who don’t share his belief in apocalyptic conflagration.
The Iranian leader’s finger on a nuclear trigger would be disquieting under any circumstances. Positively alarming would be a nuclear weapon in the hands of a man who badgers Israel, the U.S. and the European Union in belief a pre-emptive aerial attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities will hasten the return of the missing Mahdi. Such an attack presumably would trigger anti-Western mayhem throughout the Middle East.

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