by Ruben Hadders
Iran seems to be at war according to the warlike statements they have made towards Israel. These statements caused Prime Minister Sharon to prepare the IDF for military action against Iran. And while Sharon is absent, it puts the militarily inexperienced vice-premier Olmert in a difficult situation.
The problems started when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was inaugurated as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Immediately after his inauguration president Ahmadinejad started a nuclear programme. This nuclear programme is a first step towards the making of nuclear weapons. Both the EU and USA have offered Iran enriched uranium so they will have nuclear energy at their disposal. They also offered Iran economic and political cooperation. The condition for cooperation was that Iran would not use its nuclear programme for military purposes and that the country would have more thought for human rights and the fight against international terrorism. Ahmadinejad rejected these proposals saying they were worthless. He warned Europe and USA not to bring a complaint against Iran at the UN-security council, because that would be a big step forward to military confrontation. Other attempts of France, Germany and Great Britain to bring a complaint at the UN failed due to a veto of China and Russia. Both these countries have big interests in Iran. Last December Iran announced the building of a second nuclear power station. The IAEA, that investigates if nuclear energy is being used for military purposes, is still not getting information out of Iran about its nuclear activities.
According to the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’, Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Different European intelligence agencies mentioned this in their reports. Mr. Mohammed El Baradei of the IAEA reported that blueprints of a nuclear weapon have been found earlier. Recently newspapers all over the world reported the US is preparing NATO for a possible military attack on Iran’s nuclear power stations. Some say the US leaked the information on purpose to elevate political pressure on Iran. Others think the US is really preparing for military action because the ‘point of no return’ is coming closer. Some say the American government asked Turkey for help with air attacks on Iran. In exchange the US is willing to help the Turkish government in their fight against the Kurdish PKK, a forbidden Marxist movement that is supported by Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon suspects Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons. “We have proof Iran is doing its utmost to obtain nuclear weapons” Sharon said in a CNN-interview. The British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ recently wrote that Sharon gave his permission to the IDF to get ready for air attacks on Iran. The Sunday Times states that Israel is planning for military action because Iran will soon be able to make nuclear weapons. “Not only Israel cannot accept Iran as a nuclear power. We are able to do something about this and we are preparing ourselves to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power” Sharon said.
When Iran possesses nuclear weapons it will most likely use its weapons against Israel. President Ahmadinejad of Iran recently said at a conference in Tehran: “Israel is a tumour that has to be removed”. “The coming into being of an Israeli state was a decision of the Western oppression against the Islamic world”. According to Ahmadinejad there’s a historical war going on between Islam and the Western World.
Two weeks after the Tehran conference Ahmadinejad said in an interview on the Iranian TV-channel Al Alam: Germany and Austria should give up provinces of their land to create a new Jewish state. They are responsible for the so-called holocaust. If the Western world thinks Jews are being oppressed why should Palestinian Muslims have to suffer? Give the Zionist Movement a piece of land in Europe for its own state and we will support this”.
In another speech Ahmadinejad said: “The holocaust is a myth. The Jews made up this story.” This speech was broadcast live on Iranian TV. He also mentioned: “The IDF acts like Nazi’s towards Palestinian Muslims.”
Israel has to get ready for a military confrontation with Iran. “I strongly support any action if necessary. We faced the same kind of problem in 1981 when Iraq was building a nuclear power station. The decision to attack that station saved many lives” Sharon said to CNN. “Just imagine what could have happened if Saddam had nuclear weapons.”
If Israel has to go for military action against Iran, the country needs a strong leader. But the man who was Israel’s most equipped leader for such a situation is struck by a cerebral haemorrhage.
Unfortunately we know that first a strong leader (equipped by satan) the false messiah will arise, who will offer a false peace (Dan. 7:25; Joh. 5:43; 1 Thes. 5:3; 2 Thes. 2:3,4). Let us pray that many may identify him as ‘the man of sin’, ‘the son of perdition’ and put their trust in the One, known by David as “my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my Shield, the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower, my Refuge and my Saviour” (2 Sam. 22:2-3).
Iran is an Islamic republic and has about 68 million inhabitants. Most of Iran’s inhabitants are Muslim (89% Shiite 9% Sunni). Less than 2% are Jewish or Christian. Iran is in the Middle East and is bounded by Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The official language is New Persian, also called Farsi. Other languages that are also spoken in Iran are Turkish, Arabic and Armenian. Iran’s capital is Tehran.
Iran is also written about in the Bible, being called Persia, the country’s name until 1935. King Cyrus the Great united different tribes into the Old Persian Empire. He was called king of the Medes and Persians and was the founder of one of the biggest Empires ever. Cyrus was ruler over Babylon, Palestine and Egypt. He was known to be a tolerant leader and was one of the first rulers to put human rights on paper.