This couldn’t be more amusing, but the report is true: WIKILEAKS cable reports reveal that Iran’s Ahmed-de-Jinn imagines himself to be the 12th hidden Imam, the prophesied divine incarnation, eagerly anticipated in the entire Islamic world. Do the rest of the Muslim world know who their new prophet is? Are they bending towards Iran for Friday prayers?
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STATE FOR PM, NEA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/I, NEA/ELA, INR; SECDEF FOR OSD
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1/2/2016
SUBJECT: GENERAL ABIZAID MEETING WITH ABU DHABI CROWN PRINCE AND DUBAI CROWN PRINCE
REF: A. ABU DHABI 5124; B.
ABU DHABI 4715
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CLASSIFIED BY: Jillian L. Burns, Acting Consul General, Dubai, UAE. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d)
¶1. (S) Summary: CENTCOM Commander General Abizaid met December 27 in Dubai with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) and Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defense General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (MBR). They discussed Iraq, Iran, Syria/Lebanon, and the war on terrorism. Both sides were in agreement over most issues, other than the question of loyalty to Iraq on the part of Iraqi Shia. In an earlier Abu Dhabi meeting with UAE Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Abizaid discussed many of the same themes. End Summary.
IRAN IN IRAQ ————
¶8. (S) MBZ and MBR’s principal message to Abizaid was their strong concern over the foothold Iran is gaining in Iraq. MBR said that while he views Shia as Muslims, he worries where their allegiance lies. Both MBZ and MBR believed that with the Shia tradition of veneration of religious figures, Iraqi Shia loyalties were more to their religion and, by extension, to Iran, than to their own country.
¶9. (S) Abizaid reiterated the fact that it behooves Sunnis to play a positive role, because chaos in Iraq serves only the interest of Iran. He agreed Iran is a danger and stressed that the U.S. and all the countries in the region must work together to contain Iranian expansionism. He made clear that the U.S. stands with Iraq against Iran and that U.S.’s vast military superiority should not be discounted.
¶10. (S) On the other hand, Abizaid questioned this assumption about Iraqi Shia loyalties and said he did not believe Iran was calling the shots with all Iraqi Shia politicians. He maintained that as a rule, Iraqi Shia were Iraqi before they were Shia, citing the thousands of Shia who died fighting Iran in the Iran-Iraq war. He also did not believe there was much support among the Shia for a theocratic system of government in Iraq.
IRANIAN PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD —————————–
¶11. (S) All agreed with (Commander General Abizaid) Abizaid that Iran’s new president Ahmadinejad seemed unbalanced, crazy even, and MBR shook his head at the idea of Ahmadinejad acquiring nuclear weapons.
MBR and MBZ mentioned the rumors about Ahmadinejad’s belief in the imminent return of the missing Imam and said some think that Ahmadinejad believes himself to be an incarnation of the “hidden” Twelfth Imam. Abizaid said Sultan Qaboos of Oman forecast to him that Ahmadinejad would be sidelined in a few months (Note: a view many Iranians have expressed to AmConsulate Dubai).
MBZ noted that Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric follows the line of Khomeini and that he does have a populist following. Custer added Ahmadinejad seemed to be mimicking Moqtada al Sadr’s strategies in Iraq for attracting followers among the poorer strata of society.
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