While the mainstream media continues to debate the merits of allowing Iran’s Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia and whether he gained points on us, in the final analysis … the ‘net is buzzing about Ahmadinejad’s messianic message:

This will sound alarming. A literal reading of Ahmadi-Nejad’s UN address suggests that he is predicting a total war coming soon.

The key is in his invocation and his conclusion. Normal official communications by Muslims start with, “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” A’jad followed that formula immediately with:

“Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attend to his rightfulness.” [italics in the official Iranian version]

Sounds like a pretty standard invocation, but it’s not. It is a specific call for the Shiite Messiah, who will bring a final holy war, the final jihad, which in the Khomeini cult implies all-out war with the infidels to bring about the Millenarian Age of Paradise on Earth. (For Khomeini, the term “infidels” includes Sunni Muslims, who do not recognize the Mahdi). That is why Khomeini started the nuclear program twenty years ago, and why it has been pushed consistently by all the major cult leaders.

A’jad put the message explicitly in his peroration, i.e., his summary and conclusion.

“I officially declare that the age of relations arising from the Second World War as well as materialistic thought based on arrogance and domination is now over.” (italics added)

Translation: The West, and particularly the United States, emerged dominant after World War Two. Israel declared independence in 1948. The dominance of the West is now over.

A’jad’s use of the phrase “I officially declare” indicates how he views himself as Allah’s representative on earth; a very common paranoid fantasy, but one that is taught by the Khomeini cult as part of its explicit doctrine. Cult members who are otherwise quite sane can believe such things (as in the Rev. Jim Jones’ suicide cult following.)

Full article here.  Rev. Jim Jones?  That begs the question: have Ahmadinejad’s own countrymen gotten around to drinking the Kool-Aid?  Some say no:

… Mr. Ahmadinejad has nothing like Hitler’s power. He never replied to my second question: “Who really makes foreign and security policy in Iran?” Those decisions aren’t his, but are made by Iran’s supreme clerical leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s popularity is dropping at home because he hasn’t delivered on economic promises (although insults hurled at him in America may boost his standing). Many observers think he will lose in 2009 elections.

Frustrating he is, because his rhetoric inflames tensions and gives ammo to politicians who want military action. But Hitler he is not.

Full column, by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Trudy Rubin, here.