A great piece on Twelvers and Shia Islam as well. And this brings up a valid question, if the Supreme Leader does believe the end is near, what is to stop him from hastening its coming? For some reason, people who are favorable to the deal claim that Iran is rational, but if radical Twelvers do control the uppermost portion of society, it appears that they would embrace the end of the world, meaning that nuclear weapons are the last thing we want them to have.
In late November, the world learned that an interim nuclear agreement had been reached in Geneva between the P5 +1 countries–the five UN Security Council members plus Germany–and Iran. Under the terms of the agreement, Iran has agreed to dilute its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to no more than 5 percent enriched uranium. In return, Iran will gain access to previously blocked overseas funds valued at $7 billion. Access to these funds will be linked to Iran’s progress in completing the dilution process. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will monitor and verify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the accord.
It would be a profound relief to think that, with this agreement, the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran has been eliminated. But unless Iran’s leadership has given up its ‘Twelver’ eschatology along with its right to enrich uranium to whatever level it so chooses, the threat that…
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