• Path to Armageddon

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Tue Jan 10 01:07:28 2006
    Iran's theocracy paves the path to Armageddon

    On Dec. 17, President Bush admitted that he authorized ''at least 30
    times'' a program for spying on Americans in the United States without
    a warrant. Whether or not this is a crime, an impeachable offense or
    merely another example of contempt for the Constitution doesn't really
    matter, for one thing is clear: right now Americans don't care.

    One day we will look back in horror and find it very hard to
    understand how, in the name of freedom, we came to publicly accept
    torture of prisoners, indefinite detention, secret jails and
    warrantless searches of our fellow citizens. Just as hard will be the
    invasion of Iraq, a secular country that posed no threat to the United
    States, which precipitated a civil war that handed power to the
    religious leadership and an alignment with Iran. For it is in Iran
    that we find a real threat to our interests and that of our allies,
    especially Israel. And just as Americans are sick and tired of a $2
    billion a week exercise in futiliy to remake Iraq in our image, we
    move inexhorably closer to a miltary confrontation with Iran.

    What will an unchecked Iran do?

    Threaten Israeli, U.S., and European security.

    Harden Arab positions in any future peace negotiations.

    Increase militancy and embolden hard-liners.

    Destabilize the Gulf area.

    Encourage other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, to follow.


    As The Washington Post's Charles Krauthhammer recently pointed out on
    these pages, the new Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has
    called for Israel's destruction and denies the existence of the
    Holocaust as a ''myth'' and a ''legend,'' believes in an impending
    apocalypse. Instead of a Jewish First Coming of the Messiah or a
    Christian Second Coming of the Messiah, Shiite Islam has the Second
    Coming of the Twelfth Imam, also known as the Mahdi (''rightly guided
    one''). As you may have guessed, death and destruction will accompany
    his reappearance.

    The Mahdi, who will save humankind, was born in 868 but has been
    hidden by God since age 6, an event known as the ''occultation.'' His re-emergence will bring, after horrible warfare and chaos, absolute
    peace and justice throughout the world by establishing Islam as the
    global religion.


    The following is an excerpt of a speech given last September by
    Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly: ''From the
    beginning of time, humanity has longed for the day when justice,
    peace, equality and compassion envelop the world. All of us can
    contribute to the establishment of such a world. When that day comes,
    the ultimate promise of all divine religions will be fulfilled with
    the emergence of a perfect human being who is heir to all prophets
    and pious men. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace.
    O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last
    repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being,
    the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.''

    From these sentiments, Armageddon will come.

    David Vaida is an attorney in Allentown.

    Copyright - 2006, The Morning Call


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    Cheers, Steve..

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