More insight into the Thug-In-Chief’s apocalyptic fantasies. Toward the end of the article we hear that Ahmadinejad isn’t really interested in religion at all, which I find highly doubtful (particularly since it coalesces so perfectly with what many Westerners, including Sydney Morning Herald reporters, would like to believe, since that makes him a man like them, someone they can deal with). Still, there is some interesting information here. From the Sydney Morning Herald, with thanks to JE:
THE key to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline policies may not be hidden in his revolutionary past, or in any of the nuclear facilities dispersed across Iran, but in a small farming village near the holy city of Qom.
Here, in what was until only a few years ago a shabby local mosque, Iran’s new radical Muslim leader has become the chief sponsor of a messianic cult whose massed followers pray each week for the end of the world as we know it.
Since coming to power last year Mr Ahmadinejad has given a reported $US20 million ($26 million) and personal supervision to turning the tiny Jamkaran mosque into a massive complex of prayer halls, minarets, car parks and ablutions. Once completed, it will cater in comfort to the tens of thousands of worshippers who flock here every Tuesday night, hoping for the reappearance of the Mahdi or “Hidden Imam”, Shiite Islam’s equivalent of the Messiah.
When Mr Ahmadinejad sent an 18-page letter to the White House last week lecturing the President, George Bush, on religion and morality, many questioned whether the Iranian President was a religious fanatic, a megalomaniac, or merely playing to an Islamic gallery. Jamkaran is a place to start looking for answers.
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