At a time when negotiations with Iran are again in decline, it becomes essential to fully understand Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
After his address to the UN General Assembly, he said that day had been lit up by a divine light and that world leaders had had to listen to the Islamic Republic’s message. Such interpretation could have been a laughing matter had it not been for the fact that upon comparing it to others, it suggests the president’s messianic vision of his mission. That reinforces the concerns in relation to both Iran’s will to get equipped with nuclear weapons and Ahmadinejad’s speeches calling to “wipe Israel off the map-]” and destroy the US.
Last November 16, Ahmadinejad said his government had the mission to pave the way for the return of Imam Mehdi – the mythical twelfth Imam of the Shiites. Rumour has it that when Ahmadinejad was the mayor of Teheran, he wanted to change the city for the arrival of Imam Mehdi, and he would have wished his government to draw up a pact of loyalty to the Imam and request $ 17 m dollars to restore a mosque dedicated to him. According to some sources, Ahmadinejad thinks the Imam will come back in two years. He’ll be part of a radical sect – the Hojatieh society – a group that even ayatollah Jomeini found too extremist but which is influential in the current Iranian government.
It cannot be tolerated that such religious zealots own the nuke.

Daily Star (Lebanon)

Is Iran’s Ahmadinejad a messianic medium?”, by Kenneth R. Timmerman, Daily Star, December 30, 2005.