Iran and the Final Grand Jihad

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The documentary produced by Ahmadinejad’s office makes it clear that the Iranian regime sees itself as religiously-commanded to lead a united Arab coalition to destroy Israel in the near future. Interestingly, it said that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, though it is Sunni, is “in accordance with the Hadith.” The uprisings in the region are being seen as a green light for a new offensive to begin in the Middle East and Islamist forces are moving quickly to maximize their gains.

The immediate flashpoint in this new jihad is in Bahrain. The population is 70 percent Shiite but is ruled by a pro-American, Sunni Royal Family. Massive protests threatened to topple the regime that were responded to with deadly violence condemned by Iran. The Bahraini regime was forced to ask for intervention by the Gulf Cooperation Council and about 1,200 soldiers from Saudi Arabia and 800 from the United Arab Emirates came to its rescue. The Shiite opposition in Bahrain considers these forces to be an “occupation.” The leader of the hardline Haq opposition group flatly stated that the Saudi intervention gives the opposition “the right to appeal for help from Iran.” It is happy to oblige.

Hezbollah has offered support to the Shiite uprising in Bahrain and a website registered by the Iranian government is signing up volunteers to wage jihad against the GCC forces, including “martyrdom” operations that will be assigned via email. The website says that the fighters will be divinely guided by “the redeemer” who is behind the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Egypt and will lead the war against Israel, the U.S. and the enemy Arab governments. It is not clear who this “redeemer” is, but it is further proof that the Iranian regime believes it is fulfilling the commandments of Allah. The website says that a total of 1,858 volunteers have signed up, 60 percent of which are from Iran and 18 percent are from Bahrain. This isn’t just talk. Qatar has seized two Iranian ships near Bahrain loaded with weapons.

At the same time, there are relatively small but consistent protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, which is a Shiite majority area where most of the country’s oil resides. A successful Shiite uprising in nearby Bahrain would escalate the situation and the Iranian regime has repeatedly condemned the Saudi treatment of its Shiite minority. The aforementioned documentary produced by Ahmadinejad’s office states that the death of Saudi King Abdullah, either by natural causes or assassination (as called for in the film), is foretold in the Hadith as a sign that this final grand jihad is to begin. King Abdullah is 86 years old and is in very poor health.

It is not difficult to sense the fear instilled in the Saudi Royal Family. It has gone on a massive spending binge to appease its population. It announced a $36 billion aid package earlier this year and just announced a significant larger budget to finance projects around the country, including the upgrading of mosques; new offices for the religious police; the hiring of 60,000 more security personnel; bonuses for government workers; the creation of an anti-corruption agency; the construction of low-income apartments and much more. To Iran, this is more proof that it is about to fulfill prophetic destiny.

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  • davarino

    And O helped Iran's crazies stay in power by not siding with the rebels there. Thanks O.

    Now maybe Donald Trumps efforts will be fruitful in making O cough up his "birth" certificate. It only takes an hour or so to get you BC. Where is it O?

    He does not care about America's interests. He is taking this country apart one piece at a time.

  • RiverFred

    Do you think Obozo will stop Iran from acquiring nukes?

  • wileycayote

    The Muslim Brotherhood has a friend in the White House.

    • al Kidya

      Ahmadinejad also has a friend in the Whitehouse.

  • jaythehistorian

    I know Iran's leadership is quite insane . But why would they want to see their country obliterated from the face of the earth which will happen if Iran has a war with Israel. Israel can shut off Iran's radar and air defense systems long enough to turn Iran into the largest sheet of glass in world history.

  • john gerard

    "to turn Iran into the largest sheet of glass in world history".

    that's beautifully put. I wish i'd thought of that…

  • Wesley69

    A wonder that more people haven't commented on this important article. It may be that most readers don’t believe any government could be so committed to national suicide.

    The ineptitude of Obama's Mideast policy and the aggressive nature of the Iranian regime will plunge this world into another World War. As Radical Islam springs up in place of the hoped for democracies, as Iran moves closer to possessing a nuclear capacity , it will be the hatred of Israel that will unite Sunni and Shia.

    Call it a Caliphate or whatever, but it is not simply a dictatorship. It is a government based upon a religious ideology that there can be only one. With such a government there is no compromise. What Obama and the West have tried is appeasement, which has only emboldened the fanatics. As smart as they claim to be, Obama and other Western leaders refuse, out of arrogance, to learn the lessons of history when one tries to appease a dictator.

    Maybe they truly believe that once Israel disappears, the forces of Islam will suddenly become model citizens of the world. Maybe they truly believe there is a Never-Never Land.