Wednesday, August 09, 2006

8/22/2006: Will Iran Launch Strike?

From Drudge:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22," which this year corresponds "to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

"This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

You need to know (from Northeast Intelligence Network):

Meanwhile, Robert Spencer, a very well respected author and terrorism expert, cited the President of the Reform Party of Syria who offered a different perspective in his article dated July 27, 2006:

According to Mr. Spencer, Farid Ghadry, the president of the Reform Party of Syria, has offered a provocative explanation for the initially self-imposed delay until August 22, 2006 by the Iranian President. Ghadry asserts that the Supreme National Security Council of Iran chose the August 22 date “for a very precise reason. August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira’aj, the night Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca.…”


Certainly a nuclear attack on Jerusalem or even an all-out conventional assault against Israel by Iran would be consistent with Ahmadinejad’s oft-repeated denials of Israel’s right to exist and recent predictions that its demise was at hand. He hinted at the use of nuclear weapons in his phrasing when he said that Israel “pushed the button of its own destruction” by finally retaliating against Hezbollah’s relentless rocket barrage from south Lebanon.

I assume that "lighting up the sky" over Jerusalem has nothing to do with the kind of fireworks we see on the Fourth of July or Canada's Dominion Day. And I don't think Madman Ahmadinejad really cares to illuminate the night sky just for the fun of it. Oh, no. Indeed, the only thing I visualize happening, if anything, is something like this:

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I wonder, therefore, if this would perhaps be the time to blitz Iran's war-waging capabilities in order to prevent a nuclear apocalypse?

WWWCD? (What would Winston Churchill do?)