Ahmadinejad’s Messianic Vision

Posted: February 7, 2006 in International, Politics

Arnaud de Bourgrave has an interesting take on Iran:

 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
    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


This is a very forboding thought. De Bourchgrave is talking about a man who sees chaos as benefiting his plans, a man in the mode of John Brown, of American Civil War fame, who thought that a Slave insurrection would, eventually free the slaves. Such messianic visionaries rarely succeed in their goals, but they cause lots of trouble before they can be killed. John Brown caused the Civil War…what will Mr. Ahmadinejad’s contribution to world peace be?


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