Monday, February 06, 2006

Later Than We Think 

Arnaud de Borchgrave has a chilling opinion piece at the Washington Times online site. He says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad professes devout belief in the imminent return of the Twelfth Imam, called the Mahdi, who will rule the world in absolute peace and justice following a time of war, pestilence and chaos reminiscent of the Judeo-Christian prophecy of Armageddon. What's more, Ahmadinijad sympathizes with, if not being a member of, the Hojjatieh Society, which believes that the return of the Mahdi can be hastened by human action to create chaos on earth. This man is not one who can be depended upon to act rationally, as we in the West understand the term. Having his finger on the nuclear trigger, which will occur if the rest of the world doesn't act to prevent it and may occur in any event, is not good.

This is kind of old news for someone who's been paying attention, but when someone with de Borchgrave's reputation highlights it, it tends to make one sit up and take notice. For your convenience, a short bio of de Borchgrave is here.

Go read the whole thing. You need to know what kind of man is leading Iran.

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