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Ex Mossad chief Meir Dagan will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday

It’s a different kind of rational, says Dagan, not rational in the Western-thinking sense.  “But no doubt, they are considering all the implications of their actions…They will have to pay dearly…and I think the Iranians at this point in time are…very careful on the project,” says Dagan.  “They are not running…”

Dagan seems to actually be saying that the Iran’s and Ahmadinejad’s thought processes are logical and sane – but only within their alternate worldviews, while their thinking would not be considered rational in our Western terms. The implication is that they could perhaps be influenced and persuaded via arguments that we might find irrational, but they not; or if they are forced to recognize that the price they will pay may be too high in terms of what’s important to them.

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What the articles don’t address is that Ahmadinejad’s worldview includes the return of the Mahdi, the twelfth Iman/Messiah who will return in a apocalyptic war, a statement he has made from the UN podium.

When I was young and worked for print outfits (when dinosaurs  roamed the planet), we had an adage: “Paper cannot refuse ink.” It appears that websites have a similar difficulty in blocking digital information. So, don’t trust anything you read, including this article, particularly when it involves reporting statements of a spy, even a former one.

Stephen Leavitt contributed to this article.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It is important to note that Meir Dagan’s opinion on Iranian mullahs’ and Ahmadinejad’s rationality runs counter the opinion of leading scholars of Islam like Bernard Lewis and Raphael Israeli and former CIA spy Reza Kahlili who spent 10 years among the Revolutionary Guards. Since all four have authority whose opinion should not taken lightly, what is one to do? Well, take the worst case scenario. Since the stakes are so high ( destroying 2/3 of humankind in order to bring about the return of the Mahdi) even a 5 percent probability that they are irrational is unacceptable. Google MAD is Dead http://www.madisdead.blogspot.com

  2. It is important to note that Meir Dagan’s opinion on Iranian mullahs’ and Ahmadinejad’s rationality runs counter the opinion of leading scholars of Islam like Bernard Lewis and Raphael Israeli and former CIA spy Reza Kahlili who spent 10 years among the Revolutionary Guards. Since all four have authority whose opinion should not taken lightly, what is one to do? Well, take the worst case scenario. Since the stakes are so high ( destroying 2/3 of humankind in order to bring about the return of the Mahdi) even a 5 percent probability that they are irrational is unacceptable. Google MAD is Dead

  3. THE QUESTION SHOULD BE, IF NOT NOW,WHEN? LATER MIGHT BE TOO LATE. IF ITS TOO LATE ISRAEL WILL BE GONE.-WHAT ARE THE NAY SAYERS PUTTING UP IN CASE IT’S TOO LATE.- LET THEM SET A DATE THAT IF IRAN DOES NOT DESTROY IT NUCLEAR FACILITY BY A CERTAIN TIME, THEN ALL OF THE NATIONS WHO ARE CONCERNED,AGREE TO DESTROY IT AT THAT TIME.-LET THEM SET THE CLOCK TICKING.

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