Borchgrave talks writes today in a piece called Later than we think and tells how the Iranian leadership may be looking for a cataclysmic confrontation because it will hasten the return of the 12th Imam,
"The ultimate promise of all Divine religions," says Ahmadinejad, "will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being [the 12th Imam], who is heir to all prophets. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace. Oh mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one." He reckons the return of the Imam, AWOL for 11 centuries, is only two years away.Borchgrave tells Bush,
President Bush says all options are on the table. But the military option is probably the one the "twelvers" would look forward to. Some Washington think tank strategists argue if Iran's Dr. Strangelove attacked Israel with a nuclear weapon, five Iranian cities would be vaporized next day.There is no invasion option with Iran. The United States isn't going to march in there. Unless sanctions work some miracle, or there is a Democratic revolution, there is nothing for Iran but anniliation before they anniliate an American city, or Israel, or a a city in Europe. It's time maybe Bush spelled out what a catastrope is upon us and that the Iranian people are going to foot the butcher's bill. The world won't tolerate a MAD scenario with a country lead by men already mad with perverted religion.
It might behoove the United States to sit down with "axis of evil" Iran to find out if the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine that kept the Soviet Union and the U.S. at peace for a half-century could still be made to work.