Forty-seven years ago this month, a television ad—aired only once—became the most famous political commercial of all time. During the 1964 U.S. presidential race, Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran the “daisy” ad. A young girl—perhaps 4 years old—plucks petals off a daisy while attempting to count: “5, 7, 6, 6, 8, 9.” Her voice fades, overridden by a man’s voice counting down a missile launch. Zooming in on the little girl’s iris, the camera cuts to a nuclear mushroom cloud. President Johnson then says, “We must either love each other or we must die.” The narrator ends with, “Vote for President Johnson on November 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home.” Having its intended shock value, the ad served to create voter concerns Republican challenger Barry Goldwater advocated reckless nuclear testing.
For the 2012 campaign, Republicans might consider a variation of the commercial. Based on today’s “kumbaya” foreign policy embracing enemies committed to our destruction—such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran—it could run Barack Obama voicing Johnson’s message to “love each other.” And, with Tehran well on its way to developing nuclear weapons, the countdown to the missile launch would be in Farsi—Iran’s native language.
There should be no doubt, absent a regime change that tosses both its clerics and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad out of power, Tehran’s nuclear program will continue until the mullahs possess a weapon of mass destruction. There should be no doubt, there is no diplomatic action that will cause Tehran to voluntarily suspend this program. There should be no doubt, had there ever been a chance for diplomacy to work, it no longer does, as Tehran fears NATO’s actions in Libya to topple an Arab tyrant may be applied to topple a Persian one. And there should be no doubt, based on the cultist beliefs of Iran’s clerics and president, once Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, these men will not hesitate to use it in fulfillment of their self-proclaimed destiny to prepare for the 12th Imam’s return.
Born in the ninth century, the 12th Imam disappeared at the age of five and supposedly exists in a state of occultation, destined to return to Earth in the future. He will establish a global caliphate, making all other religions submissive to Islam. The 12th Imam’s return will occur only as the world is embroiled in chaos. But it is here the Iranian leadership’s beliefs differ from the vast majority of Muslims. While most believe that world chaos must evolve naturally, Iran’s leadership believes man can trigger it. No wonder, then, Tehran is fanatically committed to acquiring nuclear weapons.
Next year is shaping up as the year Ahmadinejad intends to create that chaos:
First, according to an expert on the subject, the belief is the 12th Imam will not return in an odd-numbered year.
Second, Ahmadinejad reportedly told other Middle East leaders the 12th Imam will return while he is still president. Ahmadinejad’s second term in office ends in August 2013. As he is limited to serving two terms, Ahmadinejad would have 15 months—if the required chaos is to occur in an even-numbered year—to initiate the process. (Note: Ultimate authority in Iran lies with the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He stole the 2009 presidential election from the Iranian people by ruling Ahmadinejad had won what he had lost. That raises the possibility Khamenei could also decide next year that Ahmadinejad is eligible to run for a third term, thus targeting either 2014 or 2016 for the 12th Imam’s return. However, since his reelection, Ahmadinejad—perhaps feeling he is personally ordained to usher in the 12th Imam—has tested Khamenei’s patience through a lack of submissiveness to the supreme leader’s decisions. Accordingly, he knows his days are numbered.
Third, the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities last year severely damaged its nuclear program, causing major delays. Absent an initiative to recover from this, Tehran will be hard-pressed to develop a nuclear weapon by the end of 2012. That initiative has now been launched as Iran has doubled its efforts to produce enriched weapons-grade uranium.
Fourth, Tehran is concerned the West recognizes it is heading down the “homestretch” in developing this capability and may finally realize it will never abandon the program, and will launch a strike against its nuclear facilities. For this reason, Iran has been moving essential parts of the production process deep underground.
The Mayan Indian civilization left an archeological mark on Earth before simply disappearing. It left behind a 5,125-year-long cycle calendar ending December 21, 2012. Historians debate what that date means, but one interpretation is it prophesies an end-of-world, cataclysmic event. As such, Ahmadinejad may see this as yet another sign the occultation of the 12th Imam is to end and his reign begin—all triggered by the world chaos he will initiate with the flash of a mushroom cloud.