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August 22, 2006
Why Do We Keep Buying Into Ahmadinejad's Millenialism?

If you're reading this, you know that the world has not ended, despite the best efforts of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

While no extra safeguards are in place, U.S. law enforcement are not ignoring the possible significance of tomorrow's date, August 22, a date that marks an important historic event on the Islamic calendar.

Internet websites have been full of speculation that it could be a target date for terrorists in commemoration of the return of the 12th imam, a supposed day of reckoning for Shiites. ...

This year, August 22 marks the holy day on the Islamic calendar that is the day of reckoning for Shiites. Some Shiite sects believe that August 22 could correspond to the end of the world. And just today, after much hype, Iran has announced that it will continue to develop its nuclear program. To followers of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, this is a well-timed affront to Israel, the United States and the world. The United Nations had given Iran until the end of the month to respond, but Ahmadinejad had made it clear to all Iranians and the world that he intended to respond on the eve of August 22.

Whether or not this announcement is the end of Ahmadinejad's plans for August 22, one expert says we will have to wait and watch.

Maybe we can buy popcorn and take some pictures, too, but who would develop them later?

Seriously, the fact that this tabloidy speculation gained such breathless coverage should embarrass the Western media and blogosphere. Ahmadinejad will spend today laughing up his sleeve at the shakes some commentators appeared to have over this propaganda -- and he will know that the West still has something to learn about resolve.

Ahmadinejad may want to try to bring the 12th Imam out on his timetable to speed up the end of the world as we know it. We still have the ability to end Ahmadinejad's world in a hell of a hurry, and that a thousand times over. The 12th Imam won't even have climbed aboard his winged horse before we can turn Teheran into a glass farm. Why don't we recall that we are not helpless children in the face of Islamic millenial nonsense?

UPDATE: Some commenters make the argument that the British sky plot may have been targeted for today, and so we should take this millenialism seriously. Perhaps, but it's important to remember that al-Qaeda is a Wahhabist group, and they reject the Shi'a as much as they do the West, if not more so. Ahmadinejad is a Shi'ite, and the 12th Imam is strictly a Shi'a expectation.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 22, 2006 5:53 AM

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