I posted on this a couple of days ago, but it’s of such importance that I have to return to it.
Just imagine what we would be thinking now, if we had video footage of a group of Westerners in a TV broadcast from the 1930’s, deriding someone for speaking out and warning against the fanaticism of Nazi Germany.
There are countless references, in books, articles and scholarly journals, to the grip of the ‘Twelver’ sect — the most extreme proponents of the Mahdi belief — on the Iranian ruling elite. Here are just a few.
A former Iranian diplomat who defected to Norway in 2010 warned:
‘ “If Iran is given more time, it will acquire the knowledge necessary to build a nuclear bomb within a year.” Asked whether it would use the bomb against Israel, he said: “If Iran gets to the point where it has an atomic bomb, it will certainly use it, against Israel or any other [enemy] country.”
‘…“They are busying themselves with ideological preparations for the arrival of the hidden Imam and are preparing the ground for that in a practical way; for this purpose, they are willing to spill much blood and destroy many countries.”’
The grip of ‘Twelver’ fanaticism on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is described here:
‘Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, whose journal deals with the return of the Mahdi; in 2005 it wrote that the Koran calls on Muslims “to wage war against the unbelievers and prepare the way for the advent of the Mahdi.” A Yazdi disciple has given the religious justification for the use of nuclear weapons. Yazdi was a teacher at the Haqqani School which trained senior officers in the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence services. He continues to appear in various events sponsored by the Revolutionary Guards.’