Princeton scholar Bernard Lewis has written a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed warning us to be aware of Muslim holy days when considering what actions might be taken by the Holocaust-denying, genocide-praising President Ahmadinejad of Iran. The DrudgeReport has a summary. Godwin’s law certainly does not apply when comparing Ahmadinejad to Hitler, for the comparison is valid, even appropriate, considering Ahmadinejad’s constant charge that Israel must be erased from the map. Lewis writes
“[The long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil] may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22,” which this year corresponds “to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to ‘the farthest mosque,’ usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).
Unfortunately, given Ahmadinejad’s past harsh statements, the possibility of him taking genocidal action against Israel is a constant reality.
Although I personally feel there is little evidence that Iran will erase Israel from the map on August 22 this year, when we think that Ahmadinejad is willing to commit genocide against Israel for a twisted end-game purpose, we must realize that there is a real problem, and it stems squarely from within Iran and other failed systems hungrily seeking relevance (and not from the fact that some people in America are rich and comfortable). If Israel pulled out of Lebanon this instant, it would have no effect whatsoever on Iran’s desire to destroy Israel and drive its inhabitants, including the very bones of their dead, into the sea. This has long been the stated goal of Iran’s Ayatollahs and has been voiced repeatedly recently by Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.