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While Obama acknowledges the gravity of the Iranian threat, not only to Israel but to the United States’ vital security interests, he still thinks it is possible to reason with the mad mullahs and the megalomaniac Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Netanyahu is under no such illusions. He takes the mad mullahs and the megalomaniac Ahmadinejad at their word regarding their intentions to annihilate Little Satan, Israel, and then defeat the West, particularly Big Satan, the United States. Their pathological course is driven by their belief in the 12th Imam, the last Islamic “messiah,” and in their religious duty to hasten his return.
Destroying Israel is a necessary but not sufficient step to hasten the 12th Imam’s arrival. The Big Satan – the United States – must also be brought down. Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei believes he is the 12th Imam’s deputy on earth.
Here are a few samples of what these fanatical believers in the 12th Imam have declared:
On October 26, 2005, Ahmadinejad appearing at a conference entitled “A World without Zionism,” said:
They [ask]: “Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?” But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved.
In December 2009, Ahmadinejad accused the United States of doing all it could to prevent the return of the 12th Imam:
We have documented proof that they [U.S. leaders] believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts [the Middle East] and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world. They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the ground for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule.
Ayatollah Khamenei linked Israel and the United States together as the mortal enemies of the 12th Imam and declared through a spokesman in August 2009:
We have to train honest forces that can stop the obstacles that may hinder the coming of the Mahdi like the United States and Israel.
In response to street protests in Iran, Khamenei blamed the United States and Israel. As translated by MEMRI, he told his supporters on February 15, 2011:
We say to the Americans and to the Zionists that we consider them to be the real instigators of the fitna. We will never forget who the main enemy is. We continue to shout passionately: Death to America, death to Israel.
Last month, Khamenei told worshippers that Israel was a “cancerous tumour that should be cut and will be cut.”
Addressing a conference of youths in Tehran on the Arab Spring, Khamenei proclaimed:
In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated.
Iranian scientists working on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program share these beliefs. For example, the wife of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an important Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in Tehran, told the Fars News Agency in an interview published last month that “Mostafa’s ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel.”
Whether it is their threats against the United States, Israel, or their own people protesting for individual freedom, Iran’s leaders today are committed to removing all obstacles, by whatever means are necessary, to achieve their ultimate goal of paving the way for the 12th Imam’s return. Crazy as this is, that is what they truly believe. With nuclear weapons in their hands and in the hands of their terrorist surrogates, the world faces a very scary future. If Israel concludes that it must move forward on its own to stop this mortal threat, it will be doing the entire free world a huge favor.
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