Tuesday, August 22, 2006
August 22, 2006: Surfing Into The Apocalypse
If you want to have good relations with the Iranian people in the future, you should acknowledge the right and the might of the Iranian people, and you should bow and surrender to the might of the Iranian people. If you do not accept this, the Iranian people will force you to bow and surrender.
The above verbose words are from everyone's favorite Messianic leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, of whom, Joel C. Rosenberg informs us in the National Review is:
a devout Shiite Muslim...telling colleagues in Tehran that he believes the end of the world is rapidly approaching. He also believes that the way to hasten the coming of the Islamic Messiah known as the "Hidden Imam" or the "Mahdi" is to launch a catastrophic global jihad, first against Israel (the "little Satan") and then against the U.S. (the "Great Satan").
Certainly, Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Religious Theocracy are challenging the West with their rhetoric, their continuing quest to become a nuclear power, their long term involvement in state sponsored terrorism, most recently seen with Hezb'allah's actions in Lebanon, and their continued threats to wipe Israel off the map and in to the sea.
And now it is August 22, the day of destiny, which Robert Spencer writing at Front Page Magazine notes:
is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira'a and Miira'aj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca.…"
The Night Journey, or Miraj, is central to Islam's claim to Jerusalem as an Islamic holy city. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad was carried on a Buraq, a miraculous horse with a human head, from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he ascended into heaven and met the other prophets.
Therefor, it was assumed that if Iran carried out any sort of strike especially against Jerusalem or Israel, today August 22nd would be a propitious date to engage in such malevolent tomfoolery. And the theories abounded, over what Ahmadinejad and the Mad Mullahs might do. Yet, not much has happened to indicate any sort of apocalypse.
True, Israeli Radio has broadcast that Minister Eitan has said, Prepare bomb-shelters for possible confrontation with Iran., and the Iranians have fired upon and captured a Romanian oil platform in the Persian Gulf. Perhaps of a more ominous nature, the Iraninans are confiscating large numbers of satellite dishes from their citizenry, and Iran's military is conducting Operation "Zolfaghar Blow", named after the two-point sword of Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed which involves Twelve army divisions along with air and naval forces and missile units...
Ahhh Twelve, there's that magic number again, and not surprising since, it is the Twelfth Imam that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is desperately trying to re-incarnate from his hiding place in the well at the Iranian holy city of Qom, or perhaps the Mahdi is located in Iraq:
In this context, you can realise the significance of the bombing of the Askari shrine in Samarra last February for the Shia masses, especially if you know that the basement adjacent to the shrine is where Imam Al-Mahdi was known to have disappeared during the 9th century, and is where he is believed to rise again.
Wherever the Mahdi is located these days in his occulted state, it's clear the Iranians are stalling for time to complete their nuclear program.
And we hold the following truths to be self-evident, Iran can not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. If they do, we will see a massive hyperproliferation of nukes in the Middle East.
The Saudis, frightened out of their wits by a Shia Regime seeking to usurp their authority in the Kingdom and Mecca will cut a deal with Pakistan for nuclear technology; Syria meanwhile will receive whatever nuclear largesse Iran can spare; the Yemenis are completely insane, God knows what they'll do; the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will scream like dervishes on fire in demand for weapons to take out the hated Jews.
And the terrorist groups! Imagine Hezb'allah or Hamas with nukes. And could anyone trust the Saudis not to deliver such weapons to al Qaeda, since the Royal Family is populated with a plethora of princes and princesses sympathetic and supportive of Wahabbiest Terrorism?
Truly, then, we really will be surfing in to the apocalypse.