An Iranian film unmasking Iran’s true objectives — annihilation of Israel — has President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad backpedaling over the backlash associated with it.
The film has roiled the senior leadership of the Iranian regime, following its exposure to a Western audience by former Revolutionary Guards officer and CIA agent Reza Kahlili late last month.
The film details the belief held by key top leaders in Iran that they are acting out a prophetic end-times scenario as sketched out in the Hadith — with Muslim Prophet Muhammad saying that Iran will lead Muslim armies against Israel and usher in the return of the 12th Imam, a Muslim savior.
“The Iranian regime never intended for the documentary to be made public,” Kahlili said. “Reports indicate that funds for its production came directly from the Revolutionary guards, and they intended to distribute it en masse throughout the Middle East to incite further uprisings.”
One week after Kahlili released a shortened version with English subtitles of the film, “The Coming is Upon Us,” Ahmadinejad was forced to fire Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, seen by many as a future presidential candidate.
The release of the film to the West appears to have made some Iranian leaders question that strategy.
Hossein Shariatmadari, the managing editor of Kayhan daily, which is controlled by the intelligence ministry, chastised Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff, and said the West was now using the video “to weaken Iran by showing the intimacies of their sacred beliefs to the world.”
Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the highest-ranking cleric in Shiite Islam, issued a statement warning the faithful to reject the film’s claim that the return of the 12th Imam was imminent.
“The analysis for the timing of the coming of the last imam is quite concerning,” he said. “These analyses could weaken the belief of Muslims. Such activities should not take place in Iran . . . This is very worrisome.”
The criticism – and the firing of Rahim-Mashaei on April 8 – led the makers of the film, who call themselves “The Conductors of the Coming,” to defend the movie at a press conference in Tehran. They revealed that before releasing the movie inside Iran, it was screened by the supreme leader himself, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Asked to defend their claim that Khamenei was the incarnation of the mythical “Seyed Khorasani” who defeats Israel and hands the flag of Islam to the 12th Imam, the filmmakers cited many prominent regime officials – including two former commanders of the Revolutionary Guards Corps – who have called him “Seyed Khorasani” to his face.
“Well if it was not true, if it was not in accordance with his own belief, then wouldn’t the supreme leader come out and say this is not true and stop the argument?” the filmmakers stated.
On Tuesday, Khamenei’s representative to the Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mojtaba Zolnoor, announced to the regime-controlled news outlet Khabar Online that a number of Islamic scholars and grand ayatollahs agree that Khamenei is the mythic figure from the Hadith who sets the stage for the return of the 12th Imam.
“Ayatollah Khamenei is from the province of Khorasan and has a disorder of his right hand due to the injury he received in an assassination attempt in 1981,” Kahlili said.
Over the past two years, Iran has stepped up delivery of sophisticated weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as the procurement of technology for its nuclear weapons program. The two groups have the ability of bracketing Israel from the north and the south, and have a long history of working together.
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On Tuesday, Hamas fired a new generation Russian-built “Kornet” anti-tank rocket across the Gaza border, hitting a school bus 6 kilometers away inside Israel that had been carrying yeshiva students.
The only student remaining on the bus, 16-year old Daniel Viflic, was in critical condition on Thursday as a result of his wounds. The driver was also wounded in the attack, which blew out the engine compartment at the rear of the bus.
The film reveals the secret intentions of the Iranian regime to step up such attacks on Israel, Kahlili believes. Now, with the statement from Khamenei’s own representative to the IRGC, “there can be no doubt that the Iranian regime is truly messianic and that once they have their nuclear bomb, they will attempt to bring about the end of times and the reappearance of the Imam Mahdi, as they have clearly shown in the movie. They intend to do this by destroying Israel and bringing about a total breakdown of the global economy.”
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