Last week, Drudge reported that Iran’s government approved a propaganda documentary blaming the current Middle East uprisings on prophecy of the coming “Imam” the Islamic Messiah. According to the video, entitled “The coming is upon us” Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei are specifically mentioned in prophecy as the leaders who will declare war, conquer Jerusalem and usher in the Imam.
The film portrays Iran as the prophetically destined country to take on the enemies of Islam, hastening the coming of the “Hidden Imam” also called the Mahdi whom Shi’a Muslims claim will rule the world.
Drudge’s headline linked to a CBN News article explaining the release of the video, details about what the film mentioned and quotes from New York Times bestselling fiction author and communications strategist Joel C. Rosenberg as well as Reza Kahlil, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who worked as a double agent for the C.I.A.
I thought both sources were excellent “go to” people to share thoughts and respond to such an apocalyptic and bloodcurdling video. Rosenberg has been writing and speaking about the dangers of the Iranian regime for years and just Last year published his latest book, The Twelfth Imam, a fictional futuristic novel based on the Islamic messiah’s appearance.
His novels have been described by reviewers as eerily prophetic, and his most recent is no exception.
CBN turned to an excellent source for a wealth of knowledge and experience when confronting Iran.
In the article, Kahlil said, “This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji – the Iranian paramilitary force, and in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office.”
Newsmax also covered the story, quoting Kahlil who said that the Iranian government’s intention “is to incite further uprisings with the hopes of motivating Arabs to overthrow U.S.-backed governments, with the final goal of the annihilation of Israel and Allah’s governance of the world."
After watching the video that blatantly tells Iranians to prepare for war with “the infidel” i.e. Israel and the United States, I was astonished to see its lack of coverage in the news.
One thing I have admired about The Drudge Report is the reporting of priorities. Recently, over 1000 people perished in the Ivory Coast and although such a story might not generate tons of clicks from the average American, Drudge sees that as important and newsworthy, and that is why the CBN article was linked to his headline.
As I continued to research, I discovered that when Iran tested a surface-to-air missile last August, the words “Ya Mahdi” were written on the side of the missile in reference to the coming Imam.
The CBN article covered the video, but I believe it could have gone more in depth on the history of Iran’s behavior as a country motivated not by geopolitics but by religion, and a dangerous theology at that. In order to hasten the coming of this Imam, Ahmadinejad believes he is destined to attack Israel and conquer Jerusalem. Ahmadinejad reportedly spent millions building roads leading to the Jamkaran Mosque, where the twelfth Imam was said to have appeared to a farmer who told him to build the mosque.
The New Republic asked where the outrage was on Iran's endemic brutality and kleptocratic theocracy. But The U.S. State Department has said that any changes to the Iranian regime must be decided upon by the Iranian people.
After 9-11, when people were asking why the CIA hadn’t connected the dots, Osama Bin Laden laid out in great detail what he believed, why he believed it and what he was going to do from embassy bombings in Africa to the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen, and the first twin towers attack in 1993.
If the United States or Israel were to experience an attack from Iran or one of its surrogates, would the world look back and say how did we miss this when we knew what they had been saying all along?
My biggest question surrounding this was why the media didn’t take the video seriously. Was it overlooked as propaganda from a western secular modern mindset or was it a lack of understanding?
The Obama administration has tried to diplomatically engage Iran to stop its apocalyptic intentions via economic sanctions and diplomacy, but the video re-enforces the idea that western geopolitical economic levers coming from a modern, relevant and secular mindset are not going to have an effect on a regime motivated by the fear of hell that truly believes they’re preparing the way for their messiah.
Clearly this isn’t stuff that Washington or the media is comfortable with, however, will it take a tragedy for it to capture their attention?