Thursday, August 10, 2006

Terror Plot, August 22?

I'll be curious to learn, as details emerge, whether the horrors our enemies had planned, and which thankfully we seem to have thwarted, were indeed slated for August 22, a date that seems to be significant in Islam, and which seems to have been a fixation of Iran's religious freak president. This was written before the terror plot transpired:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has frustrated Western officials by refusing to reply to their offer of various incentives in exchange for Iran’s discarding its nuclear program until August 22. The Western governments had asked Ahmadinejad to reply by June 29; why would Tehran need two extra months?

Farid Ghadry, the president of the Reform Party of Syria, has offered a provocative explanation for this delay. He asserts that the Supreme National Security Council of Iran chose the August 22 date “for a very precise reason. August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira’aj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca.…”

At that point the author speculated this might have meant a nasty surprise for Israel. Now it seems it might have meant something else, or something in addition.