Friday, May 06, 2011
The Return of the Hidden Imam
It was true. About two years ago there were vague suggestions in the Hebrew press that Ahmedenijad was a critical existential threat to Israel because of his membership in an esoteric sect of the Shia Islam - those actively working towards the return of the Hidden Imam with thunderous eschatological consequences. This return will occur shortly before the Final Judgement and the end of history. Imam Mahdi will return at the head of the forces of righteousness and do battle with the forces of evil in one, final, apocalyptic battle. When evil has been defeated once and for all, the Imam Mahdi will rule the world for several years under a perfect government and bring about a perfect spirituality among the peoples of the world.
Now it appears that those incredible speculations were absolutely true, and Iran's nuclear weapons program was (is?) in the hands of raging lunatics.
The Guardian writes that Khameney, head of the Supreme Religious Council of Iran, is accusing the President Ahmedenijad of using supernatural powers to further his policies. "Several people close to the president have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits)." Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".
Since religious fanatics reproduce more than balanced agnostics, I foresee that future wars will continue to be fought about the enigma of God's Trinity or whatever.