Iran – the world’s ‘role model and saviour’.
And Cranmer can hardly wait to bear witness to Iran’s grand soteriological scheme by which the world shall be saved – or is this salvation for Muslims only? Or, more specifically, Shi’a Muslims only? Or, even more particularly, the Shi’a Muslims who happen to put their trust in the political theology of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?
Now that voting has taken place, Cranmer received last night a word of prophecy that the conservatives will win. His Grace felt emboldened to share this after it was conformed that reformist opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were barred from running on the grounds of alleged ‘lack of loyalty to Islamic values’, and the turnout of his supporters was said to be ‘glorious’. Cranmer does not mind prophesying that President Ahmadinejad will triumph also in next the 2009 presidential poll.
What a marvellous surprise this must be for the Iranian people, and what a source of great joy to President Ahmadinejad. And what confirmation this must bring them all that the US is the ‘great satan’ and that other Western democracies are Iran's enemies.
There were around 1700 candidates barred from running in this election after they were screened by Iran's ‘Guardian Council’ - an unelected body of clerics and jurists that vets election candidates. This ‘Guardian Council’ has denied bias, so it is manifestly not biased.
The only manifesto pledges of the triumphant and victorious parties of which Cranmer is aware are concerned with the maintenance of ‘Islamic values’ and the drive to ‘go nuclear’ – and therein lie both national glory and eternal salvation. And we are not talking here of enriching uranium for some civilian energy programme, but the production of a bomb by which Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni may ‘wipe Israel off the map’, welcome the 12th Imam, and usher in the new Islamic era. And if readers and communicants wish to know more about those who fail to live up to these 'Islamic values', he commends the work of the Iran Liberty Association (but warns strongly that their videos are profoundly disturbing).
The most remarkable aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad's piety is his devotion to the Hidden Imam, the Messiah-like figure of Shi’a Islam, and the President's belief that his government must prepare the country for his return. All streams of Islam believe in a divine saviour, known as the Mahdi, who will appear at the End of Days in the company of Isa (Jesus). But President Ahmadinejad and his cabinet have pledged themselves to work for the return of the Mahdi. Indeed, his military involvement in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq is purposely designed to agitate against Israel to hasten the Last Day. Iran's dominant ‘Twelver’ sect believes the Mahdi will be Mohammed ibn Hasan, regarded as the 12th Imam and descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.
This election and Iran’s political agenda are not remotely democratic, but are driven by Shi’a theology which is guarded by clerics who ensure that all legislation complies with Islamic law. And when it comes to foreign policy, this can only mean one thing for Israel, for they hold to the divine promise made in the Al-Israa Sura (Sura 17) that they will liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the first 'Kaba' to the Muslims - and will enter it as they have entered it the first time (Sura 17, ayat 7). And the prophetic foundation is the message of Mohammad that Islam will enter every house and will spread over the entire world.
They are dedicated and pledged with their lives to the ‘liberation of Palestine’ - all of Palestine.
This is Iran’s final solution.