JAN. 26, 07. Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an evil man. But he is not a stupid man.
Indeed, he is smart and fastidious. He understands power and how to get it.
And he understands that the purpose of a nation's foreign policy is to sell
ideas and messages and to build coalitions that enable a state to achieve
its national aims. Due to his understanding and his abilities, Ahmadinejad
has achieved significant success in advancing his policy aims of defeating
the United States, destroying the State of Israel, and acquiring nuclear
The source of his
frenetic motivation for destruction is his deep-seated and fanatical desire
to hearken the arrival of the Shiite messiah - the twelfth imam or the Mahdi.
Ahmadinejad promises that the arrival of the Mahdi will signal the enduring
defeat of liberal democracy and the notion of human freedom and the
eradication of Christianity and Judaism. All will be replaced by the "pure"
Islam of the Mahdi, of Ahmadinejad and of the late Ayatollah Khomeini.
Over the past week
evidence of Ahmadinejad's success was legion. In late January, London's
Daily Telegraph reported that Iranian-North Korean nuclear collaboration has
reached new heights. Not only were Iranian scientists present at North
Korea's nuclear test last October, according to the Telegraph, North Korean
nuclear scientists are in Iran today assisting their Iranian counterparts in
preparing a nuclear test that could take place by the end of the year.
This new information means that the timeline for Iranian acquisition of
nuclear bombs has been shortened dramatically.
If just months ago US
intelligence officials claimed that Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons
until 2011, and if just six weeks ago Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the
Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Iran needed two years
to acquire the bomb, the report that Iran could test a nuclear weapon by the
end of 2007 means that there is reason to fear that Iran will have the means
to launch a nuclear attack against Israel next year.
Moreover, recently there
have been several reports that all Iran's nuclear facilities are working at
full strength to increase uranium enrichment. Iranian Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki's announcement Monday that 38 predominantly Western UN
nuclear inspectors would be barred from returning to the country is yet
another sign that Iran's nuclear efforts are being stepped up. As well,
Iran's acquisition last month of advanced Russian Tor M-1 anti-aircraft
missiles demonstrates that with Russian assistance, Iran is preparing
seriously for war.