Watching Iran

 Al Arabiya reports that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claim ing that the West, and the United States in particular, is preventing the coming of the Islamic messiah, known as the "hidden imam." 

Here is Ahmadinejad’s statement: “They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Ira nian nations the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule."  

Before you dismiss Ahmadinejad’s state ment as the rantings of a madman, it is vital to understand the context.   

In Ahmadinejad’s Shiite fundamentalist mind, it is his job to prepare the world for the coming of the hidden imam through an apocalyptic confrontation with the enemies of Islam (that’s us).  

If he believes we are preventing the com ing of the Islamic messiah, then anything he does to hasten that coming is justified. That could mean unleashing a new wave of terrorist attacks around the world or even developing and using a nuclear weapon against America or Israel.   

As bizarre as Ahmadinejad’s statement is, what is even stranger is the continued insistence of the Obama Administration on negotiating with this lunatic as if he were behaving rationally. He is not.   

There is nothing we can offer that would dissuade him from pursuing Armageddon. With each passing day, our delay in con fronting this growing threat makes us less safe.  

Gary Bauer