But apparently he's not the only one. I've read nothing about such inclinations held by Nazrallah, leader of the Black Hand gang, a.k.a. Hezbollah and hider-in-a-cave (or the Iranian embassy), while encourging all and sundry to 'martyr' themselves for his (and his masters) ambitions. But Omar of Iraq the Model has some ominous observations with regard to Muqtada al Sadr and his Mehdi army in Iraq. Al Sadr might be contemplating getting a piece of the action in south Lebanon.
[B]oth Ahmedinejad and Sadr are devout believers in the 'Savior Imam' of Shia Islam who is the 12th grandson of prophet Mohammed, also known by the name 'Imam Mehdi' hence the name of Sadr's militias 'the Mehdi Army'.Omar continues describing the banners, the slogans the carry and the context of these slogans, concluding that
I must point out though that some factions of Sunni Islam also believe in the rise of the Imam but they have their own different version of the story.
Both Ahmedinejad and Sadr believe it is their duty to pave the way and prepare the ground for the rise of the Imam whose rise, according to their branch of Shia Islam, requires certain conditions and a sequence of certain events; the story is too long to discuss in one post so I'll just move on to offer my observations…
We are seeing some signs here that make us think that Iran and its tools in Iraq are trying to provoke the rise of the imam through forcing the signs they believe should be associated with that rise. One of the things that do not feel right is the sudden appearance of new banners and writings on the walls carrying religious messages talking specifically of imam Mehdi. These messages are getting abundant in Baghdad and in particular in the eastern part of the capital where Sadr militias are dominant and a special number can be seen in the area of the interior ministry complex.
The interesting part is that these banners appeared within less than 24 hours after Hizbollah kidnapped the Israeli soldiers. Coincidence? I don't think so.
Those banners above represent an ominous sign and I'd like to say again that one should prepare for the worst from the very unstable mixture of religion and policy.And while not subscribing to the grandiose visions of the Mumahidoon (pavers of the way for the 12th Imam) himself, Omar isn't all that sure they're 'just' relious fanatics:
Of course religion had a role too but now religion is going to push Arabism aside and be the dominant element in Iran's planned war because of the failure of pan-nationalism to retain its influence in the region after a long history of failures.There's a lot more, all of it a bit alarming.
Iran's dreams in exporting the Islamic revolution were stopped by the once strong pan-nationalism in last quarter of the 20th century but today we're facing a renewed project of exporting the Islamic revolution in an attempt to fill-and taking advantage of-the vacuum left by the fading pan Arab nationalism... And with liberalism still not strong enough to face such a challenge, I think the future of the region is in big danger.