• The Political Commentator
The Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a sign that the Twelfth Imam, Mahdi or Islamic messiah is about to appear!
And that is not necessarily being viewed as a bad thing! So while we in the west believe that war is a necessary evil to be avoided at all costs, we are fighting against an opponent who doesn't, and who seems to welcome the prophecy that to them signals the end of time.
When the value and belief systems of ones enemy is the polar opposite of your own, that enemy becomes much more formidable. If a deterrent for one is a successful outcome for the other, then the concept of knowing and understanding your enemy becomes extremely problematical!
This serves to make strategic planning very, very difficult...
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