Thursday, August 17, 2006

Shi'ite Cataclysm August 22?

I am part of an InJesus Group called Prohecy Connections. It is operated by Paula Yingst. I do not always agree with Paula, however she seems to have a knack for uncovering global conspiracy. In her most recent post entitled "Gut Feeling," she feels an uneasiness about the date of August 22. It is a day dear to Islamofascist Shi'ites in Iran.

Psycho President Ahmadinejad has said he will provide a response to the West's (i.e. the deficient U.N. Security Council) call for Iran to end its nuclear ambitions. The date Ahmadinejad said he would respond is August 22.

Many pundits that follow Ahmadinejad's and the Ayatollah's "Twelver" beliefs think the choice of that day is significant:

It is the anniversary of the supposed “night flight” by Mohammed from Saudi Arabia to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to heaven and back again. There is a worry that Ahmadinejad is planning some sort of apocalyptic attack as his ‘“response” on August 22. If so, time is short and the clock is ticking. (Joel C. Rosenberg -

Paula Yingst provides two sources to read in regard to this date: Rosenberg of the NRO and WorldNetDaily. Both articles refer to Bernard Lewis who is considered one of the West's most esteemed historian on all things Middle Eastern:

Now comes Lewis, who notes that the world must be concerned about a leader for whom the possibility of death is not a deterrent.

"In this context, mutual assured destruction, the deterrent that worked so well during the Cold War, would have no meaning," Lewis wrote. "At the end of time, there will be general destruction anyway. What will matter will be the final destination of the dead – hell for the infidels, and heaven for the believers.

"For people with this mindset, MAD is not a constraint, it is an inducement," he said.

Lewis noted that Ahmadinejad has referred to Aug. 22 several times, including when he rejected – until that date – United Nations requests for nuclear program information.

Lewis, joining several other Mideast experts who have expressed similar concerns, said Aug. 22 corresponds to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. (WND)

So when imminent scholars that are usually on the Appeasement track begin to issue cautious warnings, the West should pay attention.

For the "Twelvers" of Iran it is global Caliphate or bust. Their mindset of bust is paradise (70 virgins) for them and hell for the kafir (unbelievers). For these Shi'ites it is a win-win situation.

The West is in a situation of the old TV advertisement: pay me now (lesser problems) or pay me later (greater problems).

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