Apocalyptic Message of President Ahmadinejad to President Bush
By: Amil Imani
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
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.
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
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
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
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
"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
(There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his Prophet.)
”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 to others?"
"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
The Arabs had come to convert the Persians by hook or by crook.
"La ilah ilallah Mohammed
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
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.
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 Desert.
Christianity going to withstand Islam on its second rush of world
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.
Imani is an Iranian-born American Citizen and pro- democracy activist
living in the United States of America. Imani is a columnist,
literary translator, poet, and novelist, who speaks out for the struggling
people of his native land, Iran. His website is www.amilimani.com