Hillary and Obliterating Iran

Last Wednesday Iran’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi, lodged a formal protest with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the United Nations Security Council against…Hillary Clinton.

Hillary aroused Danesh-Yazdi’s ire with her remarks about what she would do if Iran nuked Israel while she was President. “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

In his protest, the Iranian ambassador said this kind of talk was “provocative, unwarranted and irresponsible.” He declared: “I wish to reiterate my government’s position that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention to attack any other nation,” but “Iran would not hesitate to act in self-defense to respond to any attack against the Iranian nation and to take appropriate defensive measures to protect itself.”

You’d think Hillary had called for nuking Iran just so she could watch the pretty mushroom cloud. She might be forgiven for thinking that Iran had designs against Israel, given the fact that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has crowed that “the annihilation of the Zionist regime will come.” Ahmadinejad has urged Palestinians to keep up the pressure on Israel, in order to bring about “the destruction and the downfall of the Zionist regime.” He has declared that “the Zionist regime is counterfeit and illegitimate and cannot survive.”

Nor is Ahmadinejad the only Iranian official who drops to sleep at night and dreams sweet dreams of a rubble-filled, corpse-strewn Tel Aviv. Yahya Raheem Safavi, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander, declared on July 30, 2006, as Israeli forces clashed with Hizballah in Lebanon: “In light of the Zionists’ crimes and oppression, I ask God to hasten the years when this regime will no longer exist….The Zionists are hastening their own death through their foul deeds, since Hizbullah and the Lebanese people are undefeated. There is a need to topple the phony Zionist regime, this cancerous growth [called] Israel, which was founded in order to plunder the Muslims’ resources and wealth.”

It’s even more ironic that Iran would complain to the UN about Hillary when a former President of the country, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has boasted that “the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything,” while a retaliation will “only harm the Islamic world.” He even added: “It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.”

Not irrational? Really? Such aspirations to murder on a grand scale may be rational from the perspective of the Shi’ite apocalyticism to which Ahmadinejad and other high-placed Iranians adhere. They not only await the return of the Imam Mahdi, the Shi’ite savior figure, the twelfth Imam who disappeared late in the ninth century and will return in the latter days to Islamize the world – they also believe that he will return at a time of great suffering for the Muslims.

This suffering, however, would not be outside the Muslims’ control, as terror analyst Patrick Poole notes: “But unlike the biblical apocalypse, where the return of Jesus is preceded by waves of divinely decreed natural disasters, the summoning of the Mahdi through chaos and violence is wholly in the realm of human action.” That is, “it is entirely in the power of believers to affect the Mahdi’s reappearance, the institution of Islamic government worldwide, and the destruction of all competing faiths.” The believers could thus affect the Mahdi’s reappearance by bringing chaos and violence upon the Muslims – not inconceivably in the form of a retaliatory nuclear attack. Such an attack, as Rafsanjani said, would “only harm the Islamic world,” and hasten the Mahdi’s return.

This peculiar ideology sets up a win-win situation for Iran. The mullahs know well how to play the game at the UN, using Hillary’s remark to rally international opinion against the United States once again, around the fantastic claim that they have no designs on any other nation. But at home they still push a genocidal ideology of hatred for Israel and love of death, wrapped around the promise of the return of the Mahdi – who will set right all the chaos that the mullahs have loosed on the world. What Hillary Clinton doesn’t realize is that a threat to “obliterate” Iran will do nothing to stop their plans, because they don’t fear obliteration. When the Iranian ambassador calls Hillary’s statement “provocative, unwarranted and irresponsible,” he should apply his words to himself and to this sinister ideological brew – which, no matter who ends up in the Oval Office, threatens to unleash death and disaster upon the world on an unprecedented scale.

Unless, of course, some Western leader has the guts and vision to do what is necessary to prevent this.