Iran vs. America …Two Paths To Peace?
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. (Rev.
What looked like a way for Iran
to avoid being referred to the UN Security Council for sanctions, while
depriving the US and Israel of
justification for a pre-emptive strike, has apparently hit the skids. The plan was for Russia
to operate Iran's nuclear
fuel enrichment program in Russian territory with spent fuel rods being
returned to Russia to insure
no weapons grade enrichment took place in Iran. Iran agreed to part of the plan but
has refused to stop its own enrichment program.
This is a deal breaker, so the EU 3 are meeting with Iran once more in a last ditch effort to avoid the UN referral.
has consistently said that its nuclear program is intended for peaceful
purposes only, so why not take advantage of this opportunity resolve the issue?
The answer lies in Shiite Islam's definition of peace. To them it's a condition that will exist only
and Islam's other enemies are destroyed and all the
world is brought under submission. Only
then can the Moslem Messiah, al Mahdi, establish the
world wide Islamic rule that brings peace.
According to Moslem oral traditions (not written in the
Koran) al Mahdi, who they believe disappeared in
941AD, will return to Earth when conditions have become so chaotic and
desperate that he alone can save us. Iranian President Ahmadinejad believes he has
been brought to power specifically to hasten al Mahdi's
return by plunging the world into such a state, and he believes he can
accomplish this within 2 years.
He's also said that
the US is the major obstacle
to this plan, even going so far as accusing the US of trying to usurp al Mahdi's role by imposing its own brand of peace upon the
So What's The
President says he wants peace, he
really means that he wants to bring the world to the brink of disaster by
wiping Israel off the map
and destroying the US
so he can accelerate al Mahdis' return to establish
the world wide Islamic rule that brings lasting peace to Earth. Accepting Russia's solution to his enrichment
problems would have the opposite effect, so he can't do it.
US President Bush says he wants peace too. But what he really means is that he wants to
facilitate regime changes (start revolutions) in certain Middle Eastern
countries, unseating their oppressive governments. He believes that given the alternative, the
newly liberated people in these countries would choose democracy, and that the
increased personal freedom and economic opportunity that a democratic form of
government brings would foster a climate of lasting peace.
While these two
strategies appear to have the same ultimate goal in view, and while both
presidents have alluded to divine purpose in their lives (obviously from
different sources), their approaches to achieving that goal couldn't possibly
be more incompatible. Islamic rule is
not democratic, and a democracy can't tolerate an all powerful clergy imposing
problem, Western mentality says that when two parties with similar goals
disagree over implementation they sit down to negotiate and compromise until
their differences are resolved. In Islam
the only condition under which compromise is acceptable is when it buys the
Moslem party enough time to gain the strength necessary to destroy the
non-Moslem. So while the EU 3 has been
working with US support to negotiate a compromise to accommodate Iran's nuclear aspirations, Iran has been
using the time to secretly gain the strength it will need to succeed in
imposing its will on the world. Sooner or later this dance has to end as the
parties' real intentions become known.
That time may soon
be upon us. Even the multi-culturally
minded Europeans can only be pushed so far and the recent "cartoon
Jihad" might have been the last straw.
of speech is not up for negotiation," declared Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso, summing up a consensus that has only
grown stronger as the cries of outrage from the Muslim world grow louder.
demand a new social contract," says Jan Wolter Wabeke, High Court Judge in The Hague. "We no longer accept that
people don't learn our language, we require that they send their daughters to
school, and we demand they stop bringing in young brides from the desert and
locking them up in third-floor apartments." It's finally dawning on
Europeans that multi-culturalism is not part of the
Before long it will
become obvious even in diplomatic circles that Iran is intent on fomenting an
international crisis, and that no amount of appeasement will put them off the
Déjà vu All Over Again
We all witnessed
these tactics on a slightly smaller scale a few years ago when Yasser Arafat turned down the best deal Israel could
ever offer in the land for peace negotiations.
Bill Clinton was desperate to end his presidency with a victory big
enough to overshadow his disgraceful behavior while in office, and he saw
Middle East Peace as his ticket to redemption.
pressure from Clinton,
Israeli PM Ehud Barak
offered Arafat everything he could ever have hoped for, and more. But like he'd been saying to all who would
listen right from the start, Arafat didn't want peace. He wanted Israel destroyed, and was only
buying time till he was strong enough to do it.
So he turned down the deal, went home and started the Intifada. When he
later told Clinton what a great man he was, Clinton replied, "I
am a failure, and you have made me one."
My God Is Bigger Than Yours
If President Ahmadinejad really is the religious zealot he appears to
be, then for him bringing the world to the brink of disaster is a matter of
religious integrity. It's the
fulfillment of his calling, an act of obedience to his god. No amount of negotiation, appeasement or
compromise will deter him.
And if that's true,
it's well past time for the rest of us to realize that no strategy of man can
prevail against him. If the US or Israel launches
a pre-emptive attack, he's won. If we
give in to his demands, he'll just keep upping the ante until someone does
strike. His goal is chaos, and anything
short of that means failing his god.
As Christians we
know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephes. 6:12).
The world is not used to thinking in these terms, but in this next few
months we may well see a lot more than just a test of will between two powerful
nations. We just might be witnessing the
run-up to war in the heavenlies. If you listen carefully you can almost hear
the footsteps of the Messiah. 03-02-06