Iran's President Ahmadinejad, a veteran of the Islamic
Republic's repressive Revolutionary Guard, took office 3 August
2005, after a surprise win in a June sham presidential election
-- there are no democratic elections in the Islamic Republic of
Iran. All candidates are prescreened by the Guardian Council
before they are allowed to run for office.
In practice, a president of Iran is already chosen through a
farce process of giving the voters a chance to elect one of the
men hand-picked from the regime's functionaries, as was the case
with President Ahmadinejad.
No sooner did President Ahmadinejad emerge from obscurity and
assumed his new role as the head of the Executive Branch of the
Islamic regime in Iran than he unleashed a torrent of venomous
rhetoric against the
United States and Israel.
He proclaimed, "Israel must be wiped off the map," and that the
Holocaust was a fabricated myth. He went a step farther and
threatened Muslim leaders with consequences if they appeased
Israel, "Any leader in the Islamic umma (community) who
recognizes Israel faces the wrath of his own people."
His hateful rhetoric aside, President Ahmadinejad has reported
on events that are terribly strange, to say the least: Behaviors
and statements that raise serious questions about his
mental state. During his speech at the United Nations General
Assembly in September of 2005, for instance, he claimed to have
been enveloped by a light that made the entire audience focused
on him for the duration without anyone blinking.
More recently, during his visit to Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah
was unable to move away, because of the strength of force
emanated from Iran's president, so he contends. President
Ahmadinejad's repeated claims to his special connection with
the supernatural forces, specifically those of the Shiite
theology, need to be scrutinized with added concerns.
Most recently, President Ahmadinejad has baffled the world by
his 18-page letter addressed to President George W Bush. Lay
people and experts alike are at a loss in their attempt to
understand and decipher the significance, if any, of the letter
-- a hodgepodge of religious, philosophical, historical and
victimization phraseology that seem to bear very little relation
to the present difficulties confronting the Islamic Republic of
Iran on one side and the United States of America and much of
the free world on the other.
The enigma is not hidden in the letter. It's in the act of
writing it. The mere sending of the letter--to the most
powerful man on earth (President Bush) has epochal historical
In my view, President Ahmadinejad's letter can be better
understood when examined within his frame of mind and system of
belief. The letter constitutes another exercise in a series of
summons, invitations or ultimatums from a person who
considers himself a spokesman for Islam to a wayward ruler...in
this instance President Bush.
This approach dates back to Prophet
Muhammad himself who first called upon the infidels to embrace his
faith or face his violent wrath.
President Ahmadinejad believes he is doing what the Prophet
Mohammad commands him to do. He also revered point of emulation,
the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic
Republic of Iran, also addressed a similar letter to another
infidel, contemporary ruler, of his time; the former Secretary
General of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Khomeini
suggested that Gorbachev embrace Islam.
The founder of Islam Muhammad has ordained; "Invite them to
embrace Islam. If they refuse, then war upon them." Employing
this practice, Islam subdued Persia and other parts of the world
by the force of the sword. Perhaps Iran's new presidential letter
to President Bush follows the same strategy where he challenges
him and the people of the United States to renounce the Christian
faith and attain salvation by embracing Islam. "Will you not
accept this invitation?" asks President Ahmadinejad in the letter.
President Bush has repeatedly called Islam a "religion of peace."
Has this mistaken idea emboldened Mr. Ahmadinejad? Has this
acknowledgement by President Bush caused Iran's president to issue
his summons?. Is history repeating itself? Is a summon of convert
ideology a prelude to use of force, as has been the case in
numerous Islamic conquests?
What makes matters terribly dangerous are the modern instruments
of force and the willingness to use them. Centuries ago, the sword
in the hand of the Islamists carved a huge empire. Now, with the
weapons of mass destruction, the entire world is at peril.
If we dig a little deeper into the history books, we observe such
an invitation was also sent (at the time considered to be a
powerful man) the King of Kings, the Light of Aryans, Yazdgird the
III, King of Persia. Perhaps that was the defining moment for
Islam and its conquest of the world.
It is said nearly 1,400 years ago that Umar Ibn Al Khattab,
the second of four Islamic Caliphs sent a letter to King Yazdgird
III of Persia to commit Bei'at (Joining with caliph and accepting
Islam.) Umar wrote, "Once upon a time your land ruled half the
known world but what has it come down to now? Your troops are
defeated on all fronts and your nation is bound to collapse. I
offer you a way to rescue yourself. Start praying to Allah, a
single union God, the only God who created everything in the
universe. We bring you and the world his message. Worship, Allah
the only true God."
If we replace King Yazdgird III, with President Bush, Persia
with the United States, and Persians with United States citizens,
and the signature of Umar with Ahmadinejad, the new president of
the Islamic Republic, the outcome could look horrific.
But there was also King Yazdgird III response to Umar. Mentally
replace Yazdgird's name with President Bush and Ahura Mazda with
Jesus Christ, and then you'll get the picture:
"In the name of Ahura Mazda, creator of Life and Intelligence:
You, in your letter wrote that you want to direct us towards your
God, Allah without having the true knowledge of who we are and
who we worship. It is amazing that you occupy the position of
Caliph (Ruler) of Arabs, yet your knowledge is the same as a lowly
Arab rambler, roaming in deserts of Arabia
, and the same as a desert tribal man!
"You suggest we worship a united and single God without knowing
that for thousands of years Persians have worshiped the mono God
and they pray to him five times a day!
"When we established the tradition of hospitality and good deeds
in the world and we waved the flag of Good Thoughts, Good Words,
Good Deeds, in our hands, you and your ancestors were roaming the
deserts, eating lizards, for you had nothing else to feed
yourselves and burying your innocent daughters alive." (An old
Arab tradition, because they preferred male children to female)
"You behead God's children, even the prisoners of war, rape women,
attack the caravans, mass murder, kidnap people's wives and steal
their property! Your hearts are made of stone; we condemn all
these evils which you do. How can you teach us Godly Ways when you
commit these actions"?
"Is it Allah who commands you to murder, pillage and to destroy?
Is it you the followers of Allah who do this in his name? Or is it
"Tell us. With all your military campaigns, barbarianism, murder
and pillage in the name of Allah O Akbar, what have you taught to
this Muslim Army? What knowledge have you taught the Muslims that
you also insist on teaching it to non-Muslims? What cultures have
you learned from your Allah, now that you want to force teach it
"I beg you to remain with your Allah O Akbar in your deserts and
do not move close to our civilized cities, for your beliefs are
'much fearful' and your behavior is 'Most Barbaric'!"
Thus the war began and the Arab army under its ruthless commander,
Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas approached. The Persian Army was defeated in
the decisive "Battle of Qadisiyah". Rostam Farokhzad, the
courageous Iranian general was murdered and Yazdgird's last
attempt to gather forces to counter attack fell short,
hence Islam's defining moment was born.
The Arabs had come to convert the Persians by hook or by crook.
"La ilah ilallah Mohammed
(There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his Prophet.)
Those who resisted uttering those words were faced with death or
burdened with heavy taxes and other unjust punishments.
It is the belief in the same 'Allah' that brought upon the Iranian
people the greatest catastrophe of the Islamic revolution. This is
also the same belief that brought the twin towers down in the
United States of America.
This belief in this Allah will not stop until the entire
world bows to its will.
follow Persia? In many ways, America resembles the great, ancient
Persian Empire. Like the ancient Persian Empire once was, the
United States is now the greatest government in the world. Like
the Persians who were the first world managers and the most
tolerant empire-builders, America, with its rich constitution, is
also the most tolerant and benevolent nation in the world.
Ancient Persian kings released the Jews from Babylonian captivity,
financed the reestablishment of their nation, and restored their
national religion. (Zionists, they were!) The United States has
basically done the same. The United States is the reincarnation of
Persia, an extension of the Achaemenid Empire.
Tyrannical Islam eviscerated the spiritual life of tolerant old
Persia. Is history going to repeat itself? It has taken decades
for the Persians (modern Iranians) to recover their spirit.
Zoroastrianism, the original Iranian religion, was not an
effective barrier against the radical religion from the Arabian
Is Christianity going to withstand Islam on
its second rush of world conquest?
The United States as it stands for democracy is the last haven of
hope for which humanity can flourish. Today, after 1,400 years,
Islam is again the greatest threat to the existence of the free
world and the civilization of Christianity. Persians
underestimated the destructive power of Islam; let us hope and
pray that the
United States does NOT underestimate the destructive power
of Islam the second time.