|By: John G. Weldon, Ph.D., DMin.; ©March 20, 2011|
|I have thought many times that Iran isn't merely the most dangerous terrorist nation on earth -- it is the most dangerous nation on earth, period. No other nation believes what Iran does in terms of its "end times" eschatology and no other nation is sacrificing so much to bring it about.|
I have thought many times that Iran isn't merely the most dangerous terrorist nation on earth -- it is the most dangerous nation on earth, period. No other nation believes what Iran does in terms of its "end times" eschatology and no other nation is sacrificing so much to bring it about. For example, “Iran's parliament (Majlis) Sunday, Nov. 8 , granted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unlimited control of an estimated $30-50 billion of national treasure under legislation empowering him to cancel government subsidies on food and fuel. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that the president demanded the transfer of subsidy funding to the nation's nuclear and missile programs, preparations for war and measures to offset international sanctions.”
Iran is governed today by a number of leaders who exhibit one or more of the following beliefs and/or characteristics. They: #have no love for rational thinking and may make critical decisions on the basis of pure, irrational superstition,
Even if we tried, it would be difficult to find a more potent expression of Pandora's Box. It seems evident that Ahmadinejad’s group desires that their Islamic and nuclear wrath be unleashed upon Israel, America and the West, and in fact most of the world, all in order to secure the global rule of (Shi’ite) Islam. And yet the leader of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood apparently has similar views of the Madhi, which may explain in part why Iran is so interested in assisting the Sunni terror group in Egypt and probably elsewhere.
Unfortunately, even after a devastating conventional attack by Israel (unless a pulse bomb were employed), Iran, potentially, could continue to remain the most dangerous nation on the planet -- but not because of its copious history of murderous terrorist activities and trouble-making around the world ever since the Islamic revolution of 1979. It is because of what its leaders believe -- in an ultimate sense -- and what they expect to (not hope to) finally accomplish. Nuclear weapons gift wrap that expectation to perfection, and no one knows if Iran has unknown hidden nuclear sites that would be impervious to any attack by Israel, short of an all out nuclear attack, thus fulfilling the frightening Israeli “Samson Option.” :<nowiki>[In the last days Jesus declared:] "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. …. There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:11, 25, 26-28, emphasis added)
No one should mistake Iranian intentions:
But Iran believes the same about the West generally, e.g., remember, according to Iran (and much other Islam as well) Israel is only “the small Satan’ but America is “the great Satan.” For now, consider that many experts agree as to the ultimate danger of Iran. According to an interview with former CIA director Porter Goss, Iran is "an extraordinarily serious threat to US national security" with the seven leading (external) threats to America today being, in order:
Daniel Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister observed that: "Iran is the most serious threat today to the peace of the world and its security." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu further referred to Iran as "Unbelievably dangerous"; "... there's no reason to believe that the militant Shiites, once they have atomic weapons, will not be suicidal." Israel just recently seized major “game-changing” weapons bound for Gaza from Iran (e.g., surface to sea missles) and other nations have further seized nuclear components bound for Iran itself. Israel already allegedly patrols the Iranian coast with a small fleet of German-made submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles.
Besides being the center of terror in the world, there are a whole host of additional problems posed by the Iranian regime. To cite an example, with its vast oil wealth, Bahrain lies just off the coast of Saudi Arabia. It has been one of the key targets of Iran's exportation of its Islamic Revolution, which places the functionality of the US fifth Fleet at risk. The fifth Fleet has its main base in Bahrain. Remember, Iran is a virtually 100% Shiite, not a Sunni Islamic nation. Although Bahrain has Sunni Arab rulers, it also has a 70-80% Shiite majority population. Should a Shiite government assume power, one of the first orders of business would be to get rid of the US fifth Fleet. This could result in a strategic shift in the balance of power in the Middle East.
Assuming continued Iranian leadership based in its unique Shi’ite eschatology, what power on earth is going to stop Iran from eventually securing nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction? In regards to Iran and much else, the UN is largely corrupt and impotent; Europe is largely irrelevant or cowardly and America withers under a radical, inept, corrupt and anti-Israel Obama administration (See Note) that lacks the philosophical or moral will to intervene decisively. As far as can be outwardly determined, the Obama administration has no coherent strategy toward Iran, to the contrary, and its foreign-policy is in shambles. While there are clearly activities going on behind the scenes, they are occurring with a seriously deficient worldview that will tend to hamper success; only a military strike of sufficient power and/or a change of American and Iranian administrations could prevent a nuclear Iran. But President Obama is averse to such an attack, unless virtually forced into it somehow. Only the Israelis will remain a threat until there is a new and conservative American president willing to do what’s necessary, or a major ideological regime change in Iran. In my opinion, it would be much better for the US and the world if the US attacked Iran, but the Obama administration seems too blinded by its romantic idealism and simply too weak philosophically. Obama is so adverse to using force against Iran that America apparently hasn't made the preparations it should have, something that would have significantly altered potential subsequent events. And with involvement in 3 wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, now Libya) and the situation in Japan, America currently seems in no position to attack Iran even if it wanted.
Whatever damage may be done to Iran's nuclear program and facilities in an attack by Israel, Iran could still be able to build nuclear weapons, perhaps in just a few years, as experts have noted. This is also why we assume Iran could remain a nuclear threat to the world, especially coupled with Russian help. Again, if it can’t build its own weapons, it may be able to secure them by other means, such as from North Korea or Pakistan.
In 2009 we were at the point of no return, and that's where we will remain until the current Iranian leaders and their specific Shiite eschatology are permanently removed from office – apart from divine intervention, this alone appears as the only valid solution to eventual massive war, even nuclear war. As Israeli vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon, the former Israeli Defense Forces' chief of staff pointed out: "Without defeating the Iranian regime - not the people, but the regime - there is no way to bring peace and stability to the region."
But unfortunately, Iranian eschatology isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and the people largely support the Iranian regime (though many also oppose it). And even if the Iranian leadership were successfully removed, the same potential threat remains from Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist groups and potential new terrorist states, such as Egypt a year from now. Or, if Afghanistan were lost to the Taliban, a possibility, Pakistan would be at serious risk. Pakistan isn’t simply a nation in the world where both Al Qaeda and the Taliban are concentrated. Pakistan, with plenty of nuclear weapons, is now the headquarters for both Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Then there is also North Korea. Indeed North Africa and the Middle East generally are now increasingly unstable and at risk for Islamic revolution, and the world itself has entered a momentous period of change and instability, economic and otherwise. All this plays into Iranian hands. (E.g., Iranians believe the Madhi will return at a time when the Muslim world is increasingly unstable and chaotic. The current situation in the Mideast and North Africa could perhaps be seen by some Iranian leaders as the requisite “trigger” for proactively bringing about an Iranian Armageddon, assuming they already have nuclear bombs – and while unlikely, no one can be certain they don’t have them. As if to make a point, Ahmadinejad has recently declared that the Madhi himself is in control of the uprisings in North Africa and the Mideast.) Indeed, given the turmoil in the region, Israel might end up facing several Irans -- look at what happened to Lebannon, and Saudi forces recently moved into Bahrain to prevent a possible Iranian-assisted Shi’ite takeover. It is also important to recognize that those who begin revolutions (if they aren't stopped) usually don't end them. After the uprisings are over, it's usually the most organized and brutal who end up in power – and in some or many cases it could easily be the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. For example, some of the original pro-democracy demonstrators in both Tunisia and Egypt are now complaining that their revolutions are being co-opted.
Nevertheless, it should also be pointed out that Iran and Israel are both key players in the biblical "end times," and according to biblical prophecy both exist as functioning nations in the “last days” of Israel. This means that Iran, at least, can't nuke Israel out of existence, nor the opposite. So if we are approaching the last days of Israel, it seems there won't be an all out nuclear attack by either nation, regardless of obvious Iranian intentions. However some attack or maneuver by Israel is a virtual certainty, barring an improbable Iranian regime change. There could be a limited nuclear strike specifically upon the Iranian nuclear facilities and/or a conventional military attack. Or, perhaps a limited pulse bomb or additional cyber attacks (as with Stuxnet)/assassinations of scientists and other sabotage. Because of State suppression, it's virtually impossible there could be a successful more or less Democratic uprising to overthrow the evil Iranian regime, especially since most of the people of Iran support the regime.
Indeed, because God Himself will protect Israel from annihilation through His faithfulness to the Abrahamic covenant (E.g., Genesis 15:6-20) and what is declared in the book of Romans (Romans 11:1-2, 11-32), something will occur -- whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from securing and/or using atomic weapons against Israel to wipe out the Jewish state. To be sure, Iran is actually ripe for divine judgment, and God Himself could become the solution. Israel’s Iranian enemies will sooner or later meet the same fate as they unexpectedly met in the book of Esther. For all we know, a 9.0 earthquake (or larger) could destroy much of Iran just as it recently destroyed much of Japan. (See note)
However, if the return of Christ is perhaps many decades or longer in the future, then a more powerful nuclear strike or pulse bomb attack on Iran becomes conceivable. This could disable Iran for decades.
Regardless, the advice of the apostle Paul to the churches at Philippi and Ephesus remains appropriate: