Iran's Ticking Bomb

[History News Network] Moshe Dann - Dr. Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at the Institute for Policy and Strategy of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, is an expert on Iran and Islam, with over 30 years experience working with Israel's intelligence community. According to Bar, forget everything you know about reason and logic when it comes to Iran. There is a little man in Tehran who talks to "the hidden Imam" - a mystical messianic-like figure. "It's not only, or necessarily Ahmadinejad who speaks to the Imam," Bar says. "There's a whole new second generation elite of the Revolutionary Guard who indoctrinate their troops with the belief in the need to hasten the advent of the Imam. This has also spread to Hizbullah in Lebanon." Ahmadinejad "is not Hitler," Bar insists. "He represents a larger elite and wider trend. Hence he is more dangerous, since even if he were to disappear through elections or other means, the trend he represents would remain strong. This is in contrast to Hitler who, had he disappeared even as late as 1939, there is great doubt that World War II would have occurred." "The need for the Imam's loyalists to have the strategic upper hand is a necessary condition for his appearance. The upper hand can only be achieved through possession of nuclear weapons."

2008-08-19 08:00:00

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