When you read the list of Islamic prophecies below it is going to sound silly. Unfortunately, this tends to lower peoples’ guard. It is clearly the result of a cult mentality amongst the leadership in Iran. They are getting themselves comfortable with ordering a showdown with America that will result in the sure destruction of their own people. They yearn for the age of Mohammed and the world will look more like Mohammed’s world after the destruction of a nuclear war. They don’t aspire to the comforts of civlization and freedom, as they see Mohammed’s world as a utopia.
After we dropped nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945, Japan did not surrender to US terms right away. They balked. But that show of strength seemed to greatly impress the Russians because they declared war on Japan soon after. As soon as Russia did this, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. We need to show the Russians, who are working with the Iranians currently to develop nuclear capacities, that they have to choose between us and the Iranians. We have to show strength to Russia and show them how they can become stronger by aggressively opposing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. We need to communicate to them that if we have have a war with Iran, we will win and we will pose a greater threat to Russia. Russia will then be ‘surrounded’ with threats on almost all sides. If Russia aligns with US interests in Iran, Iran may not feel so bold.
If you look at the beliefs of the Nazis, they also look ridiculous. The Russians suffered greatly as a result of the the cultish Nazis. We ought to perhaps reminds the Russians of this, especially after their troubles in Chechnya with Moslem militants.
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Several hadiths (statements by Prophet Mohammed and his successors/descendants) compiled by Islamic scholars form the ideology of radicals most faithful to Mahdaviat. This belief currently rules every aspect of the Iranian government, and its members believe that it is their sacred duty to prepare for the reappearance of Mahdi, the 12th Shi’ite imam. The coming of Mahdi only awaits the last sign, as all of the following events have already taken place:
A Seyyed rising to power in the land of Fars (Fars is the original homeland of the Persian people) carrying the flag of Allah: Ayatollah Khomeini, a Seyyed (descendant of Prophet Mohammed), came to power by the revolution in Iran establishing the Islamic Republic in 1979.
A major war between the Fars and Arabs in which God will deny both a victory: Time and place in this hadith refer to the Iran and Iraq war in the 1980s; neither side won.
Storming the Ka’bah and the subsequent bloodshed: In 1987, Khomeini ordered a clash during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca to bring about Mahdi’s return. I informed the CIA beforehand. This bloody incident (402 people were killed, mostly Iranian pilgrims) bore a close resemblance to the climate described in the relevant hadith.
A light in the sky striking the enemy in the name of Allah: The hadith speaks of an event in which a thunderous light from the sky strikes the enemy of Islam in praise of Allah. The mullahs believe the September 11, 2001, suicide attacks by al-Qaeda in the United States relate to this hadith.
The occupation of Afghanistan: This hadith refers to the invasion of Afghanistan, now underway, before the reappearance of Mahdi.
The sky over Iraq becoming red from the bloodshed: This hadith reveals a war in Iraq where many men, women, and children are slaughtered by the enemies of Islam. Shi’ites believe the occupation of Iraq by the United States is the subject of this hadith.
Economic meltdown: This hadith reveals that before the end of time and the coming of Mahdi, the world will experience extreme hardship; people will suffer economically and will not be able to make ends meet. Trade will come to a standstill. Strife will multiply. Both Iran and al-Qaeda take credit for the current global economic crisis. Al-Qaeda calls the 9/11 attacks the onset of this crisis and Iran takes credit for having the American forces tied up in Iraq. The mullahs in Iran had already done an evaluation of a prolonged war in Iraq and how it would hurt the U.S. financially.
A black man gaining power in the West and ruling the largest army on Earth: This hadith, relating to Imam Ali, the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law and the most revered figure in Shi’ite Islam, says: “Before the return of Mahdi, a tall black man will rule the West and the largest army on Earth. He will carry a ‘clear sign’ from my son, Hussein Ibn Ali [the third Shi’ite imam].” Shi’ites believe Barack Obama, with his middle name Hussein, is this man.
And the last sign before the coming of Mahdi:
Chaos, famine, and havoc will engulf the Earth. Major wars with dark clouds (atomic wars) will burn the Earth. One-third of the Earth’s population will be killed and the rest will suffer hunger and lawlessness: The mullahs believe it is their responsibility to bring about an atomic war, which will fulfill the last sign and facilitate the coming of Mahdi.
It is hard for the West to understand this ideology or to even consider such a ridiculous belief. However, one needs only to look back at 9/11 and think of why they did what they did. Was it just hatred for what America stands for or what the West has done to them? Or is it a belief — a self-sacrifice to bring glory to Islam?
Barack Obama and his administration must not fall prey to another Iranian tactic of mixed signals in negotiations. He must realize what every administration before his has failed to understand: the ideology of the mullahs is deeply rooted in a fanatical belief and time is running out. Radical Islamists are earnest in their dedication to their cause. I know. I spent years in the foxholes with them.
“Jihad on infidels, killing them until there are no more sinners on Earth and all are believers of Allah.” (Quran: Sura 2:192)
Can President Obama dissuade Iran from destabilizing the world and prevent it from launching Armageddon? I pray for his success.
“Reza Kahlili” is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy whose code name is “Wally.” Currently residing in the United States, he is writing a book about his experiences as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.