Donnerstag, Februar 16, 2006

A further message to the clueless...

Well, how many messages are we supposed to get before we finally understand what is going on?

MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, is an excellent source of information. They simply document media articles in the Arab/Middle Eastern press, radio and TV.

This translation of an article is both chilling and illuminating.

Here's the key paragraph:

"The spiritual leaders of the ultra-conservatives [in Iran] have accepted the use of nuclear weapons as lawful in the eyes of the shari'a. Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of [Ayatollah] Mesbah Yazdi [who is Iranian President Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor], has spoken for the first time of using nuclear weapons as a counter-measure. He stated that 'in terms of the shari'a, it all depends on the goal.'

The key point here is that it all depends on the goal. While he speaks of counter-measures - but does not define them - this is the first justification of nuclear weapon usage by Iranian clergy: the chap in question is a disciple of the Ayatollah Zaydi, and we're not dealing with a loose cannon, here, but rather part of the conservative establishment.

Further, his words are NOT being commented upon by the mainstream religious leadership. This doesn't necessarily mean that they agree with him, but it is important: they have also NOT jumped up and down on him, as they would have if he dared to challenge the orthodoxy.

This means that they are seeking justification for using nuclear weapons in their religion.

Great. At what point do government wake up? At what point does preventing a war come before crass commercial interests (Germans need not answer, we know that answer already)?

We're sliding on a slippery slope and no one is even listening to the loons to see what they are planning.

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