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Friday, December 16, 2005

Iran - The Nuclear Storm Continues To Gather II

Perhaps there are some cool heads in Iran. I really hope so. Charles Krauthammer today gives an account of the megalomaniac president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that is chilling in the least. Much like Hitler did, he either seems to be able to persuade more and more of his own people to believe his rhetoric or they already have embraced it and Ahmadinejad is the natural extension of their national aspirations. Either way, the following statements by Krauthammer about Ahmadinejad should send a disturbing and chilling message to everyone.

But it gets worse. The president of a country about to go nuclear is a confirmed believer in the coming apocalypse. Like Judaism and Christianity, Shiite Islam has its own version of the messianic return -- the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam. The more devout believers in Iran pray at the Jamkaran mosque, which houses a well from which, some believe, he will emerge.

When Ahmadinejad unexpectedly won the presidential elections, he immediately gave $17 million of government funds to the shrine. Last month Ahmadinejad said publicly that the main mission of the Islamic Revolution is to pave the way for the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam.

And as in some versions of fundamentalist Christianity, the second coming will be accompanied by the usual trials and tribulations, death and destruction. Iranian journalist Hossein Bastani reported Ahmadinejad saying in official meetings that the hidden imam will reappear in two years.

It gets worse. After his U.N. speech in September, Ahmadinejad was caught on videotape telling a cleric that during the speech an aura, a halo, appeared around his head right on the podium of the General Assembly. "I felt the atmosphere suddenly change. And for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. . . . It seemed as if a hand was holding them there, and it opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic Republic."

Read the whole story here. It may sound alarmist but the real threat of nuclear war based on religious ideology is frightening. You cannot reason with that kind of logic.

The nuclear storm is coming folks. Even if there is no mushroom cloud, the spectre of having to deal with rogue nations that have nukes is real and the world becomes a much more dangerous place. Don't be surprised if North Korea tests one about the same time that Iran does in order to prove to the United States the will is there to use it.

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