Did you know Iranian President Ahmadinejad has promoted himself from mere hostage-taker (see yesterday's post) to full-on Islamist Messiah? Yes, it dawned upon him during his speech to the UN, which is recounted here via Dr. Sanity:
World leaders had expected a conciliatory proposal to defuse the nuclear crisis after Teheran had restarted another part of its nuclear programme in August.
Instead, they heard the president speak in apocalyptic terms of Iran struggling against an evil West that sought to promote "state terrorism", impose "the logic of the dark ages" and divide the world into "light and dark countries".
The speech ended with the messianic appeal to God to "hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace".
In a video distributed by an Iranian web site in November, Mr Ahmadinejad described how one of his Iranian colleagues had claimed to have seen a glow of light around the president as he began his speech to the UN.
"I felt it myself too," Mr Ahmadinejad recounts. "I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there. And for 27-28 minutes all the leaders did not blink…It's not an exaggeration, because I was looking." They were astonished, as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."
Western officials said the real reason for any open-eyed stares from delegates was that "they couldn't believe what they were hearing from Ahmadinejad".
Their sneaking suspicion is that Iran's president actually relishes a clash with the West in the conviction that it would rekindle the spirit of the Islamic revolution and - who knows - speed up the arrival of the Hidden Imam.
The good Doctor adds:
Some have even suggested that he thinks he is the 12th Imam. Certainly his religious ecstasy during the UN speech has given him reason to believe that he may be the vessel in which the Imam returns to rule.
Don't believe it? Charles Krauthammer does:
So a Holocaust-denying, virulently anti-Semitic, aspiring genocidist, on the verge of acquiring weapons of the apocalypse, believes that the end is not only near but nearer than the next American presidential election. (Pity the Democrats. They cannot catch a break.) This kind of man would have, to put it gently, less inhibition about starting Armageddon than a normal person. Indeed, with millennial bliss pending, he would have positive incentive to, as they say in Jewish eschatology, hasten the end.
We have called Ahmadinejad "Hitler in a headress" before; but the bloggers at Gates of Vienna quantify pretty well the similarities between these two tyrants. They start with Mein Kampf (the pre-history of WWII that no one decided to take seriously), and then spin the wheel of time:
Now fast-forward eighty years. Watch Kristallnacht, D-Day, Auschwitz, the Berlin Wall, Vietnam, and 9-11 fly by in a blur. Hit “play” as soon as you see the face of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making his infamous speech this past October:
The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world… The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land.
As the Imam [Khomeini] said, Israel must be wiped off the map.
The Islamic umma will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland.
It is as if the President of Iran were eerily channeling the Reichskanzler of the 1930s. President Ahmadinejad elaborated on the same topic when he denied the existence of Herr Hitler’s most notorious accomplishment:
They have fabricated a legend under the name “Massacre of the Jews”, and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.
Mr. Ahmadinejad has no doubt of his mission; he has made that mission blindingly clear on numerous occasions. He is here to prepare the way for the appearance of the Twelfth Imam, which will usher in the Islamic version of the Apocalypse.
And what does almighty Europe do against this threat? In1938, France and Britian tried to buy off Adolf with a few countries as tribute. Of course, if any of Hitler's early advances - into the Rhineland, into Austria - had been met with any type of force, the world would have been spared tens of millions of deaths. So fast forward almost seventy years, and the best Europe can offer is to attempt to put together an agreement to put Iran in front of the Security Council? Where it is already known, as a fact, that both China and Russia will veto any sanctions placed upon Iran? It's a charade to buy some time, much like the appeasement of Munich, in the hopes that someone else will have to bear the burden of their cowardice.
What will appeasement bring us in 2006? Nukes flying arount the Middle East, with much of Isreal and Iran burnt to a cinder, uninhabitable for centuries. An offensive in Iraq, to keep American forces tied down. Islamist uprisings all throughout Europe, with impotent PC governments falling one by one. China, taking opportunity of the chaos to reclaim Tawain, while the gangsters that control Russia get into all types of mischief, most likely involving re-intergrating some of those pesky former provinces. Watch as leftist South America and Mexico declare for Iran, and the United States is forced to engage at its southern border, while its last supply of oil is cut. All this, as the UN seeks to proclaim "peace in our time".
I wonder...what is the meaning of "never again"? If one swaps out a swastika for a headress, are all bets off? Isreal knows better, but they cannot win this war alone.
Every day we wait brings us closer to Ahmadinejad's dream of apocalypse...every day we wait, the death toll of the future is rising.
Have we truly learned nothing?
Gates of Vienna here: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2005/12/ahmadinejads-kampf.html
Dr. Sanity here: http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/01/believe-it.html
"Yesterday's post" here: http://jerseynut.blogspot.com/2006/01/25-years-ago-today.html