Iran will be a nuclear power ‘by the grace of God’
But this is not a moment for hermeneutical levity.
President Ahmadinejad appears to be talking about something rather more significant than a nuclear power station. He is intent on enriching uranium to a much higher level than that required to produce electricity, and ‘experts’ are persuaded that he is ‘on the road to making the material needed to arm a warhead within months’.
The President is doing nothing to allay the concerns. He said: “I declare here that with the grace of God, the Iranian nation will produce 20 percent fuel and anything it needs itself."
The ‘and anything it needs itself’ is a bit of a giveaway.
Superfluity is as rife in Tehran as it is in Washington, but if President Obama can reason the need, who is he to tell President Ahmadinejad that he may not?
There is no doubt that Iran has a nuclear ‘programme’, and it is becoming increasingly evident that they are enriching uranium to a degree that could be used in nuclear warheads.
Some 33-66 pounds (15-30kg) of uranium enriched to levels above 90 per cent are needed to produce a nuclear bomb. It is reported that Iran currently has around 3,300 pounds (1,500kg) of 3.5 per cent, or low-enriched uranium — enough to produce highly enriched material for two such weapons.
Cranmer is not at atomic physicist. But he is concerned that no-one appears to be concerned that President Ahmadinejad is just a few months away from being able to fulfil the prophetic purpose for which he believes he has been divinely chosen. In his comments this week, he indicated that Iran was ready for ‘heightened confrontation’, saying it was no longer ready to negotiate with the international community over the enrichment plan or any other aspects of its nuclear program. “You should know that even if you sizzle... the Iranian nation won't talk to you concerning the nuclear issue," he said.
That appears to be what President Ahmadinejad has in mind for the nation of Israel.
He is a devotee of the Hidden Imam, the Messiah-like figure of Shi’a Islam, and he believes 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.
Iran is a theocracy driven by Shi’a theology which is guarded by clerics who ensure that all legislation complies with their interpretation of 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.
Shouldn’t we be just a little more concerned that they are on the brink of acquiring a nuclear bomb?