Accession Number:

ADA467203

Title:

Mahdi and the Iranian Nuclear Threat

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-30

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Is the Iranian Government attempting to set conditions for the return of the 12th Imam in accordance with Shiite beliefs If so, what threats are associated with these actions and how can the West counter these threats For the last several years, much of the world has been trying to figure out what Irans motives are. It is clear that the Theocracy is attempting to increase its influence over much of the Middle East, as well as other portions of the world. The Iranians refuse to fold to international pressures concerning their nuclear program, covertly and overtly back radical Shiite Groups, and respond with ever increasing confidence to any international criticism. As these actions continue, one must ask what the ultimate aim is of these Iranian Strategies. This paper explores allegations that the ultimate purpose of Iranian actions may be to set the stage for the coming of the Mahdi or 12th Imam, in accordance with Shiite beliefs. The author will look at the nature of the threat, define the belief in the Imams return, focus on possible strategic motives for the Iranian nuclear program, and discuss what may be done to counter any threat to the West.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE