Nazi IranI have long warned that Iran was a greater world threat than Iraq, and that before we worried about Iraq's potential for weapons of mass destruction, the Free World needed to be concerned about Iran's potential for nuclear weapons, as well as the repressive nature of the regime there.
We now learn that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes in a certain strain of Islamic eschatology that says that a 12th Shi'a Imam would return before the end of time. This Imam is the Mahdi, considered by both Shiites and Sunni Muslims to be the ultimate saviour of humanity. Mr. Mahmoud apparently believes that the Mahdi can only return if he is brought back to lead a mighty army to defeat infidels. Ahmadinejad believes it is his job to bring about this final battle. Oh joy!
Many people may not realize this, but Iran has a pretty sizable Christian community. Iran also has many Jews who are ethnic Persians or who are partly of Hebrew origin left over from the days of the Babylonian Captivity. There are also small numbers of Zoroastrians remaining from pre-Islamic and pre-Christian times.
The Iranian Parliament has approved a law that now requires Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians to each dress in distinctive clothing to distinguish them from the rest of the population.
This is a country developing nuclear weapons, leaders that want to bring about the end of the world, and now they are "marking" religious minorities. The last time the world dealt with a regime like that, there was a World War.
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Cross posted from Where I Stand