by Tariq Alhomayed
In one of his speeches in Isfahan, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that the attacks launched by America and it’s military allies over the past few years on some countries in the [Middle East] region are based on religious grounds and that “their motive for carrying out these attacks that they did not make public is that they know that there will come a day when a man descended from Prophet Mohammed, may peace be upon him, will appear in this region and he will eliminate all the wrong-doers in the world. The Iranian nation will be among the supporters of this divine man.” Ahmadinejad continued and confirmed that “
Is there a better example of political hallucination? The question here is that if talk such as this works on the supporters of the Iranian regime and its president, how can
This is not the first time that Iranian politicians have used such political hallucinations. Ahmadinejad claimed that a halo was shining on him when he was in
All of those hallucinations are coming out and almost half of the Iranian nation was, and still is, divided over its regime, and the proof of this is the magnitude of threats issued by the regime as a continuous warning to the Iranian opposition, not to mention cutting off internet access in Iran and [other] methods of communication with the outside world.
When we say political hallucination, then what Ahmadinejad is doing and saying might please some of his supporters; however he will lead
What we want to say is that as long as this is the logic in Iran and this is the way Tehran deals with political issues then this makes us pessimistic about solving the Iranian nuclear file or pending regional issues with Tehran – whether in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen or with regards to interference in the Palestinian cause – in a rational and peaceful manner, as long as Iranian policy is based on hallucination. How can it not [be based on hallucination] when Ahmadinejad is saying that he has documents proving that
Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the youngest person to be appointed that position.
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