The Approaching Khomeinist Apocalypse

“I am decisely announcing to the whole world that if the world-devourers [the infidel powers] wish to stand against our religion, we will stand against the whole world and will not cease until the annihilation of all of them. Either we all become free, or we will go to the greater freedom, which is martyrdom. Either we shake one another’s hands in joy at the victory of Islam in the world, or all of us will turn to eternal life and martyrdom. In both cases, victory and success are ours.”

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini explaining the apocalyptic eschatology of Iran’s WMD strategy.

The die is cast. The ruling mullahs have long since made the decision to accelerate their nuclear weapons program and thus by extension implement the long-prepared Khomeinist apocalypse. The problem with the international Iran experts who have certainly not anticipated or predicted this is that they are specialists in political science, modern history etc. but are not specialists in Khomeinism. What is Khomeinism? Khomeinism is the only form of Islamism that is apocalyptic. In fact, Khomeinism is at its core a martyrdom-seeking apocalyptic cult. Khomeinism is all about engineering the reappearance of the Hidden Imam and establish a worldwide Islamist theocracy. In order to achieve that aim, Khomeinist theostrategists believe that Iranian control over the region of Mecca, Damascus and Jerusalem is essential since the Hidden Imam, Jesus and the Dajjal (Deceitful Messiah) are expected to appear in those very cities. Therefore, Iranian foreign policy is focused like a laser beam on taking control over this particular region.

However, in contrast the impending Khomeinist apocalypse is a distinctly global event as planned to take place worldwide. This is because the Khomeinist apocalypse is intended to be purgatory in nature and eschatologically usher in a new messianic era under the global rule of the Hidden Imam. 

For non-Khomeinist Twelver Shia Muslims are waiting for the reappearance of the Hidden Imam merely a pious hope that will be realized when Allah so decides. However, for the Khomeinists is the reappearance of the Hidden Imam something that can be triggered by engineering a cataclysmic global event.

The problem for US decision makers is that there is really nothing they can do to influence the Mullahs. Iranian biological terrorist attacks against major American cities will cause hundreds of thousands of deaths or more, yet if Iran were to be allowed to develop nuclear weapons would Iran be able to prevent America from defending itself due to Iranian nuclear deterrence. US decision makers have not yet abandoned the Vienna talks, thus showing that they have still not fully internalized the full extent of the severe threat against America posed by the aggressive theopolitical ideology of the Iranian ruling elite. 

The Khomeinists reason that either they will achieve nuclear weapons deterrence capability in which case they will be able to equip terrorists with WMD with full nuclear impunity or else the Iranian nuclear weapons program will be destroyed in which case they will interpret this as a divine sign that they anyway should lash out with chemical and biological weapons against nations deemed central to the Jewish-American “octopus”. Both WMD mass terrorist scenarios are intended to prompt the reappearance of the Hidden Imam, however the Khomeinists are quite convinced that they will succeed in their quest for nuclear weapons.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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