Right out of the gate, let’s get one thing straight: Iran is our enemy. There are many reasons for this, from our own shortsighted, capricious treatment of allies, to the hard-line ‘revolutionary’ ideology of the Islamic Republic, to the simple need of a repressive regime to have an external enemy. (Hint: the last one is the most important.)

But crap like this article, written by Thomas Sowell for the National Review, is simply idiotic.

There has been some apocalyptic rhetoric coming out of Iran over the years, most strongly while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president. Ahmadinejad was an avowed ‘Twelver,’ a believer in the coming of the Twelfth Imam. Some Twelver rhetoric points to global chaos being the window for the coming of the Twelfth Imam, the punishment of the unbelievers, and the transformation of the world into an Islamic paradise.

“The world will not come to an end,” said the Prophet Muhammad, “until a man from my family (Ahlul Bayt) and of my name shall be master of the world. When you see a green ensign coming from the direction of Khorasan, then join them, for the Imam of God will be with the standards who will be called al-Mahdi. The Mahdi will be descended from me; he will be a man with an open countenance and a face with a high nose. He will fill the earth with equity and with justice, just as it has been filled with tyranny and oppression.” (Biharul Anwar, Majlisi)