3. Death to the “Great Satan”
Destroying Israel is a necessary but not sufficient step to hasten the 12th Imam’s arrival. The “Great Satan” – the United States – must also be brought down.
In December 2009, Ahmadinejad accused the United States of doing all it could to prevent the return of the 12th Imam:
We have documented proof that they [U.S. leaders] believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts [the Middle East] and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world. They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the ground for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule
Ayatollah Khamenei linked Israel and the United states together as the mortal enemies of the 12th Imam and declared through a spokesman in August 2009:
We have to train honest forces that can stop the obstacles that may hinder the coming of the Mahdi like the United States and Israel
In response to the most recent street protests in Iran, Khamenei blamed the United States and Israel. As translated by MEMRI, he told his supporters on February 15, 2011:
We say to the Americans and to the Zionists that we consider them to be the real instigators of the fitna. We will never forget who the main enemy is. We continue to shout passionately: Death to America, death to Israel.
Aside from such slogans and threats to retaliate fiercely against the United States and Israel for any military actions taken against Iran, the regime has been taking a more provocative posture against the United States recently, almost as if to lure the United States into a conflict.
For example, Iranian Armed Forces deputy chief of staff for cultural affairs and defense publicity Brig.-Gen. Masoud Jazayeri said on February 16, 2011:
The U.S. and White House will be shamefaced soon because of their measures
Jazayeri made the remarks after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently claimed that the U.S. would stand with anti-government protestors in Iran, predicting that popular waves and confrontations would come out in the U.S. soon.
As a major step towards such a confrontation, Iran is progressing with plans to establish a nuclear beach head in Latin America, bringing the danger of conflict much closer to the United States homeland. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been developing a nuclear program for two years with the collaboration of Iran. Venezuela is also reportedly helping Iran obtain uranium in apparent violation of the UN Security Council resolutions aimed at stopping Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program.
Iran is also planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil. Under agreements reached between Chavez and Ahmadinejad , Iran will be permitted to establish a military base manned by Iranian missile officers, soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Venezuelan missile officers. Many US cities will be within range from Venezuela, even with short-medium range missiles.
When President John Kennedy faced down the Soviet Union during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, he was dealing with an adversary whom did not relish the prospect of self-destruction in the event that a nuclear war broke out. Unless the United States takes preventative action to stop the establishment of Iranian-built and manned missile sites in our backyard, Iran will be in a position to ignite the war and ensuing chaos that are precisely what its leaders want to hasten the arrival of the 12th Imam.