Iran may have already prepared a secret finding, i.e. fatwa, that the Islamic Republic of Iran is at war with the United States and NATO. Iran doesn’t do anything without a ruling that it is Islamic, consistent with Islam to commanded by Islam. Iran is supplying arms to insurgents in Iraq. Thus Iran had to have prepared a finding that this was Islamic. Thus Iran has approved a finding that it is at war with the United States.
If Islam requires the Islamic Republic of Iran fight the U.S. in Iraq it would also command that the Islamic Republic fight the U.S. in Afghanistan. So the finding that Iran was at war with the U.S. in Iraq would also find that Iran was at war with the U.S. in Afghanistan.
If Islam requires the Islamic Republic to be at war with the U.S. in Afghanistan it also requires that it be at war with NATO, the military embodiment of Christendom as well. Thus Iran has prepared and approved a finding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is at war with the United States and NATO. This finding likely applies world wide, i.e. slay them where you can find them. But for tactical reasons they may limit operations to Iraq and Afghanistan for now.
We can apply to other incidents the principle that Iran doesn’t do anything without a legal finding that it is Islamic. After the students took the U.S. embassy in Nov 1979, Iran’s government subsequently took over the operation. It likely made a finding at that time that this was Islamic. From that time on, the government of Iran declared the U.S. the Great Satan. That phrase and the constant teaching of it in schools required a written finding.
This finding was likely made or approved by Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran from Dec 3, 1979 to June 4, 1989 . When Khomeini died, the Islamic Republic of Iran said it could not rescind the fatwa issued by Khomeini to kill Rushdie. That was a finding by Khomonei that Islam required Rushdie to be killed. The government of Iran said that this finding could not be reversed after Khomeini’s death.
Attempts to revoke the fatwa
On September 24, 1998, as a precondition to the restoration of diplomatic relations with Britain, the Iranian government, then headed by moderate Mohammad Khatami, gave a public commitment that it would it would “neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie.” But the hardliners in Iran have continued to reaffirm the death sentence. In early 2005, Khomeini’s fatwa was reaffirmed by Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a message to Muslim pilgrims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Additionally, the Revolutionary Guards have declared that the death sentence on him is still valid. Iran has rejected requests to withdraw the fatwa on the basis that only the person who issued it may withdraw it, with Ruhollah Khomeini having died in 1989.
A finding in 1979 or 1980 by Ayatollah Khomeini that Islam put the Islamic Republic of Iran at war with the United States, and that it designated the United States as the Great Satan, could also not be reversed after Ayatollah Khomeini’s death. Thus the Islamic Republic of Iran is at war with the United States and this war can’t be stopped. At most they can make a truce, but Islam prohibits the Islamic Republic making peace with the United States.
The designation of the United States as the Great Satan during Khomeini’s tenure as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic would have required a fatwa issued or approved by Khomeini. This was taught to school children. Thus this fatwa too can not be revoked. Thus Iran can not make peace with the United States, NATO or the IAEA. They are tainted by the Great Satan.
To repeat the above argument, the Great Satan is not just a funny name. To teach it in schools and use it in parades in the 1980′s, and during the hostage situation at the U.S. embassy, the Islamic Republic had to issue a written finding that the U.S. was the Great Satan. This finding would have required the approval of Ayatollah Khomonei. This would be a finding that Islam made the U.S. the Great Satan. This could not be reversed after the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
The following links make clear that a finding by Grand Ayatollah (marja) Khomeini as Supreme Leader of Iran can not be revoked. The identification of the United States as the Great Satan was likely a fatwa issued by Khomeini. That was a declaration of war and a finding that it was commanded by Islam. Thus the United States has been at war with the Islamic Republic and this war can not be stopped by any authority under the Islamic Republic.
The finding that the United States is the Great Satan and that the Islamic Republic is at war with it leads to the conclusion that this is the time of the return of the last Imam. This is why the President of Iran believes in that coming. This is the time for the climactic battle of good and evil. This is not just the view of the President of Iran, but a finding made by Grand Ayatollah (marja) Khomeini. It can not be reversed.
We call the above analysis the Iran War Fatwa Hypothesis (IFWH). It could also be called the Great Satan Fatwa Hypothesis (GSFH). The IFWH or GSFH if true imply that the U.S., NATO, and the West are in an irrevocable war with the Islamic Republic. This war is commanded by Islam. The U.S. is the Great Satan and this is the time of the final climactic battle of good and evil.
The U.S. can not continue to fight Iran in Afghanistan and give up its position in Iraq in these circumstances. Since Iran is at war with us, and has been since 1979, and this is an irrevocable war, we should not give up our position on both sides of Iran. Instead we have to draft 2 million men and invade Iran. There is now nothing more to talk about. This war must remove the Islamic Republic of Iran and substitute a non-religious government. The mullahs must be put in prison at Gitmo since there is no way for them to make peace with the United States, the Great Satan, ever. This applies to all the clerics in Iran. None of them can make peace with the Great Satan. Instead they are commanded to be martyrs in the fight with the Great Satan.
The President of Iran’s statements and evasions while on his trip to the United States are consistent with all of the above. Christiane Amanpour as part of CNN’s Special Investigative Unit, SIU, did a special, Ahmadinejad, Soldier of God, on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the United States and speech at Columbia University and the U.N. This special showed that Iranians are willing to be martyrs for Islam against the West.
Other articles on this trip:
http://oldatlanticlighthouse.wordpress.com/category/kenneth-r-tiWe are at war with the Islamic Republic of Iran. We are on both sides of Iran now. That war can never be revoked by the Islamic Republic. No cleric in Iran can ever make peace, but must become a martyr against the United States. The same applies to all Shiites, including those in Iraq, and in Western lands.
==Added 2 Oct 2007 10:26 PM New York Sun 2006 analysis
New York Sun Editorial
May 11, 2006
President Ahmadinejad’s letter to President Bush, widely interpreted as a peaceful overture, is in fact a declaration of war. The key sentence in the letter is the closing salutation. In an eight-page text of the letter being circulated by the Council on Foreign Relations, it is left untranslated and rendered as “Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda.” What this means is “Peace only unto those who follow the true path.”
It is a phrase with historical significance in Islam, for, according to Islamic tradition, in year six of the Hejira – the late 620s – the prophet Mohammad sent letters to the Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor telling them to convert to the true faith of Islam or be conquered. The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing Islamic rule over infidels.
Much of the rest of Ahmadinejad’s letter is devoted to portraying Mr. Bush as an infidel. Given that Mr. Bush is not about to convert to Islam, what the letter presages is, if anything, an Islamic attack.
This is draft. The above is hypotheses or speculation. It is subject to revision.