According to WND, Iran is heralding ‘Mahdi’ by springtime
“Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) will appear all of a sudden on the world scene with a voice from the skies announcing his reappearance at the holy Ka’ba in Mecca,” the message says.
The Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting website said in a program called “The World toward Illumination,” that the Mahdi will form an army to defeat the enemies of Islam in a series of apocalyptic battles, in which the Mahdi will overcome his archvillain in Jerusalem.
Iran is right in part only . There will be a “voice from the skies” but not the one he expects. American planes and missiles will roar from the skies.
Think of the Mahdi as the American Army set upon defeating Iran or at least delivering a strong message.
Pres Bush will shortly announce his new ME policy. I think actions taken to date have made such policy clear. Bush still has lots of fight left in him. The fact that he is arming Fatah to defeat Hamas is indicative of a wider policy. He wants to save Lebanon and Jordan. Thus it will be Israel’s job to destroy Hezbollah and teach Syria a lesson.
The US president has decided to shift John Negroponte out of the job of National Intelligence Director after 20 months and appoint him deputy secretary of state, as weighty backup for Condoleezza Rice. The USS John C. Stennis strike group will this month join the USS Dwight Eisenhower aircraft carrier group and USS Boxer strike force in the Persian Gulf â€œas a warning to Syria and Iranâ€ in face of acts seen as provocative, and to give commanders more flexibility in the region. Continuation of Iranâ€™s banned nuclear activities would come under the heading of â€œprovocative.â€
“The New York Times reported that the commander of US forces in Iraq Gen. John Casey was on his way out, accused of placing a policy of withdrawal ahead of winning the war.”
As for Baker’s recommendation that the US talk to Iran, Bush is going to take Baker’s advice except he believes “actions speaks louder than words”.
The political strategy has also begun to unfold. First came the early hanging of Saddam Hussein. This new strategy hinges “on the cooperation of two key national religious figures: the most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the Sunni cleric with the most influence on the Sunni Arab insurgency and the Baath, Sheik Hares al-Dari, head of the Sunna Scholars Council.”
Remember that Ali Sistani believes in separation of mosque and state and is against Iranian influence in Iraq.
The Kurds are also being pressured to let go of some of their ambitions and the oil revenue is to be shared equitably.
The US will accept nothing short of regime change in Iran. They learned their lesson with allowing Hussein to remain in power. This confirmed in a recent post US unit works quietly to counter Iranâ€™s sway, Backs dissidents, nearby nations