Khamenei’s Book: Is History Repeating Itself?

How different things could have been had the world simply paid attention to Hitler’s writings. In his two volume book entitled Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”), published in 1925‒1926, the madman meticulously laid out his political ideology and future plans for Germany. However, when Hitler finally rose to power in Germany, the political analysis of most of the world leaders, such as Neville Chamberlain, grossly underestimated exactly who they were dealing with for the simple reason that they either failed to pay attention to or take seriously Hitler’s true diabolical ambitions as expressed in his earlier writings. The world community at that time probably assumed the best and gave Hitler’s early expansionistic policies the benefit of the doubt. Given their optimistic view of human nature and their subtle dismissal of the doctrine of the Total Depravity of Man, they most likely assumed that there was no possible way Hitler could actually be serious concerning what he had earlier expressed in writing. Had the world community not been slow to recognize this early manifestation of evil and instead aggressively dealt with the problem while it was still within their power to do so, before it became a global nightmare, perhaps World War II could have been avoided and countless lives spared.



The ministers of foreign affairs of the United States and Iran, John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif, meeting in Lausanne (Switzerland, 16 March 2015). Source: Wikipedia

Is history repeating itself? For whatever reason, the Obama Administration, in its latest deal with Iran, seems “hell bent” on helping Iran cross the nuclear finish line. Lots of lame excuses have been given for this new policy, such as a nuclear Iran will somehow help the brutal regime better assimilate into the family of nations and the world community. It does not help matters that the recent Corker legislation governing the deal, known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, lowers the constitutionally required amount of Congressional members that must approve of the deal before it becomes formally ratified.1 It also does not help matters that those directly involved in brokering the deal on Obama’s behalf are mired in personal conflict of interest problems and therefore should have recused themselves from the process long ago had they possessed any modicum of personal integrity. According to a recent Facebook post by Dr. Robert Dean, Senior Pastor of the West Houston Bible Church, “Allen B. West reports on his website that Kerry’s daughter is not only married to an Iranian-American physician, a fact that has been unmentioned by the press, but that the best man at the 2009 wedding is the son of Mohammed Javad Zarif, the current foreign minister of Iran. Does that make anyone question the integrity of the Secretary of State and his motives?”2 It is also no secret that Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, was born in Shiraz, Iran.3


Such chicanery notwithstanding, what everyone seems to be ignoring is a 416 page recently published book by Iran’s leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that all but telegraphs Iran’s true pernicious intentions to the world. Notice Amir Taheri’s analysis of this book that was recently sent to him by a friend.

While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”…He uses three words. One is “nabudi,” which means “annihilation.” The other is “imha,” which means “fading out,” and, finally, there is “zaval,” meaning “effacement.” Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.” One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims. What matters in Islam is ownership of a land’s government, even if the majority of inhabitants are non-Muslims…Dozens of maps circulate in the Muslim world showing the extent of Muslim territories lost to the Infidel that must be recovered. These include large parts of Russia and Europe, almost a third of China, the whole of India and parts of the Philippines and Thailand. However, according to Khamenei, Israel, which he labels as “adou” and “doshman,” meaning “enemy” and “foe,” is a special case for three reasons. The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.” The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.” Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.” He intimates that one of his “most cherished wishes” is to one day pray in Jerusalem. Khamenei insists that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe Israel off the map. Nor does he want to “massacre the Jews.” What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country. His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of Israelis have double nationality and would prefer emigration to the United States and Europe to daily threats of death. Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic. In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of doing so is higher than possible benefits. Thanks to President Obama, the US has already distanced itself from Israel to a degree unimaginable a decade ago. Khamenei counts on what he sees as “Israel fatigue.” The international community would start looking for what he calls “a practical and logical mechanism” to end the old conflict. Khamenei’s “practical and logical mechanism” excludes the two-state formula in any form. “The solution is a one-state formula,” he declares. That state, to be called Palestine, would be under Muslim rule but would allow non-Muslims, including some Israeli Jews who could prove “genuine roots” in the region, to stay as “protected minorities.”…Khamenei describes Israel as “a cancerous tumor” whose elimination would mean that “the West’s hegemony and threats will be discredited” in the Middle East. In its place, he boasts, “the hegemony of Iran will be promoted.” Khamenei’s book also deals with the Holocaust, which he regards either as “a propaganda ploy” or a disputed claim. “If there was such a thing,” he writes, “we don’t know why it happened and how.”…4

Sayyed Ali Khamenei

Sayyed Ali Khamenei

So here, in written form, we clearly see Iran’s naked and true intentions. First, Iran sees Israel as a “cancerous tumor” that must be excised. Second, Israel is an illegitimate state since it resides on real estate once controlled by Islam. Third, the City of Jerusalem actually belongs to Allah rather than to the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob since Jerusalem represents Islam’s third holiest city. This claim is laughable on its face since the word “Jerusalem” is not found a single time in either the Quran or the Hadith despite the fact that the word is found roughly eight hundred times in the Hebrew Bible (or what Protestants sometimes flippantly refer to as the Old Testament). Fourth, the Jewish state is to be viewed with hostility since she is an ally of the Great Satan, the United States of America. Fifth, an Iranian nuclear program is necessary in order for Iran to intensify its already existing long-term proxy warfare against Israel so as to persuade as many Jews as possible to leave Israel and to dissuade other Jews from immigrating there. Sixth, any world sympathy for Israel on account of her past persecutions is inappropriate because the Holocaust never really happened in the first place. All of this encapsulates the true and discernible face of the Iranian regime, if only our leaders would take seriously the recent writings of Khamenei.


As the old adage goes, “those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” The great historical error made during the rise of the Führer was not taking the man at his word as expressed in his earlier writings and not “taking him out” while the opportunity to do so was still on the table. The great mistake the Obama Administration is presently making is similarly not taking the Ayatollah at his word as expressed in his recent writings. Instead, the Obama Administration is imputing to him far better motives than he deserves and consequently is missing today’s golden opportunity to “nip evil in the bud” so as to prevent an inevitable later global catastrophe. Assuming by then that it will not be too late, my hope and prayer is that in January 2017 we will have a President who has both the discernment necessary to recognize evil and the appropriate intestinal fortitude to prevent history from repeating itself.Endnotes

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