End of the World Talk Looms
By DiMarkco Chandler
TEHRAN, Iran—The Ayatollah Khomeini delivered a speech Sunday marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In the Speech, Khamemei accused the U.S. and its allies of lying about the threat of nuclear Iran to cover up their own economic problems. Perhaps the most noted part of his speech was a warning to Israel against any attack on Iran would be answered with a “thunderous blow.”
Recently, a senior U.S. military commander has been reported as saying that Iranian missiles could reach all parts of Israel and threaten U.S. bases in the region if Iran was attacked.
Last month, Iran did hold negotiations with world leaders in Baghdad hoping to reach an agreement over their nuclear program. Arab News is reporting that “diplomats say Iranian negotiators were more forthcoming than in previous talks and believe Khamenei has given his negotiating team a wider hand to explore a deal.”
Most experts in a position to know agree that the Republic’s oil revenues have suffered since the West introduced tough new sanctions at the beginning of this year.
Khomeini appeared harsh and unwilling to compromise in his speech saying that Iran has the right to establish a peaceful nuclear program.
However, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played down Khamenei’s remarks, saying that she did not think they had any bearing on the next round of talks scheduled for June 18-19 in Moscow.
Khomeini’s words seemed to provoke all kinds of interpretive view of what his speech might mean to groups that fear Iran could bring about a World War III. Biblical scholars and experts on prophecy are embracing their followers for what they believe is an eminent shift in world history towards a war between good and evil. It does appear quite interesting how world affairs have seemed to begin to line up in such a way that one could envision the chaos that would follow an attack of either Iran or Israel.
The hope, however, is that this too shall pass; but as world economic conditions continue to increasingly erode, many may perhaps look for alternative positions to put their confidence in. We have to remember that instability is a product of fear and vice versa. Yet turning to prophetic projections suggested in the Mayan calendar or apocalyptic doomsday prophesy as opposed to engaging in the global discussion might not be a good choice of action. But what do I know!
I welcome your thoughts.