Apocalypse, August 22?

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.



  1. Do you think Iran subscribes to the M.A.D. doctrine? Any (nuclear) action taken against Israel will meet with an equal and opposite reaction. Or does Ahmadinejad wish Iran to go up in my smoke, considering it a worthwhile sacrifice just so long as Israel is destroyed too? Can’t speak for him, but none of the Iranians I’ve met are that crazy.


  2. I do not think that M.A.D. would be a deterrent for Iran. It was a deterrent for the Soveit Union during the Cold War because the Soviet Union, for all its tyranny and hypocrisy, was a rational actor on the world stage. The threat of mutually assured destruction actually mattered to Soviet leaders and prevented them from nuking us, which noone can deny they would have gladly done absent such a deterrent. Iran is not such a rational actor. Its regime is driven by radical Islamicist ideology. Ahmadinejad is not saying anything different than the Ayatollahs in Iran, and they are the ones who hold sway in the “Islamic Revolution”. In the face of mutual assured destruction, Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah merely look to martyrdom doctrine and say “God’s Will Be Done”.


  3. […] Over the weekends, I get a lot less caught up in current events and the news as it makes the rounds of the blogosphere. Besides which, the news reported on TV seems to have quieted down a lot from the furor of the past few weeks. One might even think that the rest of the summer will be calmer than the bulk of July. That is, unless the apocalypse begins on August 22nd. Of course, that theory has seen so much promotion by now that each new article about it makes me think it is less possible. These things tend to be unexpected. (So say I from my vast experience with the beginnings of apocalypse.) […]


  4. No, the world ended last night and we have now been transported to an alternate reality. We are now all in pods, our brains hooked up to the Matrix.


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