-IRAN: “Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic vision”

EDITORIAL COMMENT

 

Turning Iran into a nuclear state

JANUARY 27, 2008 –   A new book has just been published by the French journalist Michel Taubmann. La bombe et le coran is regarded as the first actual biography on the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjed.

In a recent interview with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), Taubmann says Ahmadinejad “was selected as president in 2005, because he is the man in the confrontation with democracies and the fight for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

nuclear-photoHe describes Ahmadinejad as having an apocalyptic vision that must be taken seriously. Democracies have everything to fear from the belligerent intentions of this man. “He grew up in deprived areas of the southern suburbs of Tehran where religion was ‘the opium of the people’. As a teenager, he was indoctrinated by Mullahs that propogate the most retrograde of Shiite Islam. He is close to ‘messianiac’ sects that are totally in favour of religious politics and who consider, contrary to the traditional version of Islam, that Shiite political action can hasten the coming of the Mahdi, the XIIth Imam of the Shia tradition which, according to this tradition, the world will convert to Islam.”

Taubmann goes on to explain about the new revelations that have now come to light on Ahmadinejad’s role as an officer of the Iranian secret service in the 1980s and 1990s where he organised or participated directly in terrorist acts outside of the terrority of his country. “A terrorist President? A President toturer?” he remarks.

As to his ambitions to turn Iran into a nuclear state. Taubmann says that there must be “full transparency on its nuclear programme and abandoned terrorism, then they will have access to civilian nuclear energy and also, for example, to the World Trade Organization, with the economic benefits that will accrue to the Iranian people. If they do not, they will suffer the consequences.

“Ahmadinejad is ready to transform the Iranian people into martyrs. I think we should really consider the war with Iran as the last end, the least desirable. But we must remember that the ball is now in the court of the Iranian leaders. They need to prove that they have no military secret nuclear project.  They need to abandon the rhetoric against their neighbours, and not only against Israel,” he adds.

Taubmann makes it very clear, if the Islamic Republic of Iran cherishes the dream of acquiring nuclear weapons, it is with the idea to use it for expansion, to spread the Islamic revolution to the whole world.

The complete text of Taubmann’s comments can be read at:  http://www.crif.org

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