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I'm going to start today with a little pop quiz: What did Iran do this week?
You might have answered that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Iran will deliver a "telling blow" to global powers on February 11 (the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution). Yes, he did do that. But that's not the latest.
This week Iran successfully launched a rocket into space. The media yawned. The only thing they found interesting about the launch was that the rocket had a rat, two turtles and a worm on board. But they don't look any further than that.
But technically, if Iran can send a missile up into space and have it explode, it could shut down our electronics; that would do more damage to us than any conventional bomb ever could. Imagine the chaos if an EMP bomb took all of our computers, phones, TVs, lights and flipped them off? America would be out of business.
Look, they don't have the power to do this yet, but why would Iran want to do that? Hasn't President Obama's new approach to foreign policy mended all the wounds?
In March of last year, Obama called for "engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect" with Iran.
Mutual respect? Really?
The only reason you would even consider talking to Ahmadinejad is because you don't understand who he really is. He's called America the "Great Satan" and also said our friends in Israel must be "wiped off the map."
The media yawns when Ahmadinejad runs off with the mouth because — so far — that's all he's done; talk. They've been trained to ignore him: He's the boy who cried wolf. They don't think he's serious. But that's because they haven't bothered to look into what he believes.
There's another thing that Ahmadinejad says that no one pays attention to. I mean, how many times have you heard the media say: Aren't you concerned about Glenn Beck's language? That you with your tea party sign might cause some kind of global catastrophe. But the guy that wants to vaporize Israel, they don't put any importance on that — you need to watch this:
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IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD (through translator): Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, and peace and blessings upon our masters and prophet Mohammed and his pure household and his noble companions. Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory, and make us his followers and those who attest to his rightfulness.
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"Hasten the return of Imam al-Mahdi." What's he talking about? He's talking about the 12th Imam. He's a "12er." What is that? If journalists weren't so busy trying to land jobs with the Obama administration (14 to be exact), they'd look into that.
The "12ers" believe that the Mahdi, or 12th Imam, will soon return. This is end times, stuff. They are different than most Muslims because they believe that the return needs to be hastened. It's not a good idea to hasten the return of the Chosen One, because to do that, the world has to be in chaos, carnage and even genocide — so the Messiah comes and brings peace.
"12ers" are so dangerous that at one point the Ayatollah Khomeini banned them.
So when President Ahmadinejad says he wants to vaporize Israel, he's not just trying to trick people; it's not a power bluff. He thinks he's fulfilling prophesy by doing that. He thinks he's the John the Baptist for the coming of the Messiah.
Christians believe that the antichrist is a person; "12ers" believe we — the U.S. — are the antichrist. The "12ers" believe they have to wash the world in blood to hasten the return of the promised one. And when the Mahdi comes, he will set up a global government in Babylon with one religion and they will kill non-believers.
Let's try reversing it: Think of Christians how Rosie O'Donnell thinks of Christians. Abortion doctor killing nut-jobs who think the antichrist is roaming the Earth right now — "radical" Christians. Let's let her explain:
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ROSIE O'DONNELL: Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.
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Got it? Dangerous! Now, imagine those crazy Christians are running a country and think the antichrist is alive. And they are sure of who he is and they want to hasten the return of Jesus. And they are currently engaged in a new nuclear program and they are launching missiles every other month; do you think Rosie might be worried?
The other volatile piece of this puzzle is Israel. Think of this if you are a leader in Israel. Iran wants to wipe you off the map. Can you blame Israel for being a little sensitive on rhetoric like this? I mean, they literally had a regime try to kill every single Jewish person on the planet. It's not exactly a far fetched idea.
Now you have some guy, who not only believes in the Mahdi but he believes there will be a global government and he has to destroy America and Israel.
To that, add this: Whose side were the Iranians on back in World War II? Oh, the right, Germany's side.
Did you know that one of guys who helped mold Ahmadinejad's beliefs was German philosopher Martin Heidegger who was a big intellectual and also an anti-Semite and anti-American.
Ahmadinejad predicted a telling blow on February 11. Will anything happen? I don't know. He's made a lot of threats. But the launch of the latest rocket should be a huge concern, because it is another stepping stone.
Do you believe Ahmadinejad? And do you believe Obama understands Ahmadinejad? And do you believe that Israel is willing to roll the dice that this time Iran doesn't really mean it?
By the way, do you know what "Iran" means in Farsi? Aryan.
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