I read your first nonsense post and decided to let it go... (There ARE worse things than was, William.)
But this one, no it has to be answered. ANYONE who thinks that deterrence will work with Iran is an idjit who known nothing about Iran, Ahmadinejad, the Twelfth Imam, or what the government of Iran is prepared to do to prepare the way for his return.
Ahmadinejad belongs to the mainstream of Shia Islam, known as Twelvers, an article posted at www.kairosjournal.org stated. They recognize a historical succession of Imams, connected by family ties, commencing with Muhammad and concluding with the 12th Imam.
The 12th Imam was born around 868 A.D. at a time of great persecution of Shiites, the journal explained, and in order to protect him, his father, the 11th Imam, sent him into hiding. He appeared in public briefly at the age of 6 when his father died but then went back into obscurity. Shiites believe he continues to guide Muslims, and they expect his messianic return to bring order from chaos and righteousness from unbelief, Kairos said.
President Ahmadinejad seems to think that the time is ripe for the 12th Imams reappearance and that, as president, he should play a role in opening the way for his return, the journal said. He is reported to have said in one of his cabinet sessions, We have to turn Iran into a modern and divine country to be the model for all nations, and which will also serve as the basis for the return of the 12th Imam.
Like Bernard Lewis of Princeton, the Kairos authors said Ahmadinejad seems to believe that the hand of God is guiding him to trigger a series of cataclysmic events which could precipitate the return of the 12th Imam. Only time will tell if this is his true conviction; but if he does hold such a view, his possession of nuclear weapons is a particularly scary prospect.
(There ARE worse things than was, William.)
I’m a reaganite. He beat out enemies through deterrence and containment, not war. You’re obviously a Bushite, big on looking for excuses to invade and blow trillions of dollars, and send thousands of Americans to their graves. How’s that Iraq war working out for you? And the Afghanistan war — a real success!