Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
You seriously think Iran would invite the nukes of Israel on itself? Ain't gonna happen, despite our current administration's best attempts to engineer imminent Armageddon.
Yes. And there is a very good reason to believe that Iran would invite the nukes of Israel on itself. Believe it or not, it's not Bush that welcomes the end of the world, it's Iran which has maneuvered the world into this position and welcomes the prospect of Armageddon.
Ahmadinejad, as well as most of the population of Iran (including the ruling Mullahs) are "Twelvers."
Twelver Shiasm (اثنا عشرية Ithnāˤashariyyah), is the largest denomination within the Shi'ite sect of the Islamic faith. An adherent of Twelver Shi'ism is most commonly referred to as a Twelver, which has been derived from their belief in twelve divinely ordained leaders, or Imams. Approximately 80% of Shi'a are Twelvers, representing the largest school of thought in Shi'a Islam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelvers
"Twelvers" Branch of Shi'i Islam, distinguished by their adherence to 12 succeeding imams, ending with Muhammad al Mahdi in the 10th century. Twelvers are by far the largest group of Shi'is, making up around 80% of the total Shi'is. Twelvers represent the majority of Muslims in Iran, Iraq and Bahrain. They also make up large communities in Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia. The alleged Shi'is of Turkey, are not Muslims, but Alevis.
Those who believe that the third son was the rightful ruler of Islam are called the "Twelvers", because they believe that there were 12 Imams. The last one is still alive, according to the Twelvers, and has been hiding in a cave for the last more than one thousand years. They hold that the twelfth Imam (Muhammad) who disappeared about 874 is still living. He will come out and resume his rule soon, the Twelvers say. http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...hna-ashari.htm
And the return of the 12th Imam is what Iran's actions are all about.
Ahmadinejad and the rulers of Iran are eagerly awaiting the return of the 12th Imam or the Mahdi so that the world will come to a fiery end and Allah will claim all to be his. Life on Earth would cease to exist. And the Twelvers who see this as a real event to come are looking at it the way you would eagerly await Christmas. But more than just looking forward to it, the Iranian leaders believe they can prompt him to return by bringing about a fiery worldwide calamity.
The problem with that is that they can't be the ones who are seen as having 'started' the war. So they must provoke an attack.
And that explains their actions with regard to the development of a nuclear weapons program.
If they get close to achieving a successful device the West would have to attack because otherwise the Iranians could always use the nuke to intimidate the other countries in the region and Israel would never know if their continued existence hung on their clamping down on terrorists in Gaza or attacking Hezbollah commando units or whatever they might construe as being an offense to Islam and justification for a retaliatory Iranian nuclear attack which would trigger the end of the world scenario.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at the United Nations in October 2005. At the conclusion of his discourse, he called upon Allah to quickly usher in the re-emergence of the "Twelfth" or "Hidden Imam," sometimes referred to as the "Mahdi."
The fanatical leader later claimed that while he spoke to that august body, he was surrounded by a halo of light. Mr. Ahmadinejad regaled a local ayatollah with the story of how "The leaders of the world" stared at him during the time he spoke. He further claimed that they were unable to blink or turn away, as though some unseen force held them in a trance-like state. "When I say they didn't bat an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating, because I was looking at them," intoned Ahmadinejad.
But just who is this "Mahdi," this Hidden Imam? Some thought it was the Ayatollah Khomeini. In fact, when he returned to Iran in February 1979 following the overthrow of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, the roads leading into Tehran were lined with nearly 2 million Shia Muslims screaming "al-Muntazar." The grand ayatollah was quick to deny that he was "al-Muntazar," one of the names given to the Hidden Imam. In other words, many thought Khomeini was the awakened Mahdi. Khomeini did, however, explain to his followers that he was the forerunner, the one who had come to open the way for the Hidden Imam to make his reappearance.
The Hidden Imam, upon his unveiling, will, according Iran's constitution, assume leadership in the Islamic republic. All will acquiesce to his authority in what is essentially an end-time paradigm based on what some call the Muslim messiah. Ahmadinejad's belief in this Hidden Imam is so compelling that he may well be persuaded to go to any lengths, including a nuclear attack on Israel and/or the United States, to precipitate an apocalyptic event, a means to an end.
Initially, Ahmadinejad's threats seemed but the idle ranting of a megalomaniac. But now, armed with the capability to produce nuclear weapons, Iran will be a menace with which to be reckoned. The spirit of the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini lives on in Iran. This is the same Khomeini who said in 1981, "I say let Iran go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=50065
Basically, it's this. Iran believes they will bring back the Mahdi if the Western world attacks them and triggers a fiery global Holy War. End result: Islam wins. Or if we don't attack before they complete building a device they will use the implied threat of the nuke to help spread Islam and defeat non-Shraiah ruled governments. And should ANY nation do ANYTHING that can be construed as an attack on Islam the nuclear devices can be used to bring about the return of the Magi and the end of the world. End result: Islam wins.
How do you fight a foe who loves death?
And every American needs to understand this stuff.