May 12, 2011

EXCEPT THAT IF HE ISN'T MAD THEN HE IS THE MAHDI:

Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs (Jed Babbin, 5/12/11, Real Clear Politics)

For at least two months, Ahmadinejad is reportedly saying that the uprisings in many Arab states are a sign that the Mahdi's reappearance is imminent. The Mahdi is the mythic "twelfth imam" whose return to earth is supposed to be brought about by an apocalyptic event and result in an all- Islamic paradise on earth.

A cult of personality has grown around Ahmadinejad. [...]

Ahmadinejad may be arrogant and overly-ambitious, but he's not mad. It's hard to see why he would think he could succeed in a political fight against Khamenei.


It's only hard to see if you misunderstand your own reporting.

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Posted by at May 12, 2011 5:50 AM
  

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