Friday, May 26, 2006

What Some are Missing in the Ahmadinejad Letter

Hugh Hewitt has a good round up of information on President Ahmadinejad's letter. What I haven't heard much about is this phrase in the letter,
"Peace only unto those who follow the true path"
This phrase has historical echoes as the New York Sun points out.
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.
This is very scary stuff. If people don't wake up to what his intentions are and how he envisions himself as a new leader to impose his brand of Islamic control over the rest of the world, then they are seriously deluding themselves. The warning signs are there, just as they were in Hitler's Mein Kampf for those who had their eyes open.