Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Straight from the Drudge Report

WSJ: Scholar Warns Iran's Ahmadinejad May Have 'Cataclysmic Events' In Mind For August 22Tue Aug 08 2006 10:22:35 ET

In a WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed Tuesday, Princeton's Bernard Lewis writes: "There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran's present rulers."

"In Islam as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time -- Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22," which this year corresponds "to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

"This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Developing...

7 comments:

Bushwack said...

That is interesting. I wonder if Israel is willing to wait for that to happen.

ABFreedom said...

August 22 eh ... I'll have to keep that date in mind ...

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Kind of creepy. Now, I don't know the validity of this but hey, we should at least be prepared.

If it did happen, then we'd have complete justification.

Gayle said...

Better safe than sorry, Mr. Tastic! Arrrgh. That's the day I probably will be returning home from Arizona. I believe I'm glad I'm driving!

Got your blogroll up, by the way. :)

A suggestion: Maybe it would be wise to leave the blogroll thingy up top for awhile, with the message to scroll down for any new posts. That way, all who come in here will see it!

Syntax said...

Yeah...another idiot who believes he's being led by a "higher power". Ain't it just grand?!?!?

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

08 13 06

Hey Neocon:
I agree that this is scary and think that we need to be exceedingly vigilant. I also feel as though we need to be investigating the Indian links to Al Qaeda as well. At some point, we may have to completely seal our borders, but such drastic action may be needed in crazy times like this. God help us all!

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Mandhisa and Syntax:

Amen!