Isralert, a Jewish news service run out of Texas by Harvey Weiner published an analysis from the Sunday Telegraph called "The Frightening Truth of Why Iran Wants a Bomb". In essence, the explanation given by writer Amir Taheri is that the Iranian president has indeed met and is in consultation with the Mahdi, the mysterious Twelfth Imam of the Shia.
The Mahdi is a messianic figure for the Shia, analogous to the Jewish messiah and to Jesus of Nazareth. Put simply, according to Tajeri, it is no longer a matter of ‚Äúwhen will the Mahdi return?‚ÄĚ He has returned. It is now a matter of ‚Äúhow to make the world ready for his appearance.‚ÄĚ This is messianic politics with a uranium coating.
The article details what President Ahmadinejad must do, and the strategy he must follow to accomplish this goal. Harv Weiner picked out the key point made by Taheri in the article
‚ÄúIran is now the strongest presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, after the US. It has turned Syria and Lebanon into its outer defenses, which means that, for the first time since the 7th century, Iran is militarily present on the coast of the Mediterranean. In a massive political jamboree in Teheran last week, Ahmadinejad also assumed control of the "Jerusalem Cause", which includes annihilating Israel "in one storm", while launching a take-over bid for the cash-starved Hamas government in the West Bank and Gaza.‚ÄĚ
This evening, the Voice of Israel carried the story in Hungarian, French, Spanish, English, Amharic, and presumably Hebrew that the Iranian government had donated $50 million to the cash-starved Palestinian Authority.
In case anybody in Israel had trouble mistaking the intent of the Iranian president, Scotland on Sunday carried this lead-in pair of paragraphs in its own article covering the same basic story.
‚ÄúPRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was at pains to make sure he had not been misunderstood. He wanted the west, particularly the United States, to understand that he was not joking when he had called last year for Israel to be ‚Äėwiped off the map‚Äô....