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-Today is ‘Great Satan’ Day in Iran

by Dr. D ~ November 4th, 2010

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Today in Iran they are ‘celebrating’  ‘Great Satan’ Day marking the 31st anniversary of the capture of the American embassy by Islamist students. As usual mass protests are scheduled by the government and the authorities get to harangue the USA before hand picked crowds of thousands of students bussed to the capital for the event.

As usual the President of the USA will be hung in effigy and burned. But this time the image is going to be that of Barack Obama instead of George W. Bush. A strange sight indeed considering that the current administration has reached out to the Iranian leaders as no President has before and even recently declared a Sunni opposition group to the Iranian regime as ‘terrorists.

Nevertheless, The USA continues to be identified as the ‘Great Satan’ by the Iranian authorities and Israel of course is the ‘Little Satan’ but today the USA gets all of the spotlight.

Interestingly after 31 years some of the intensity of the former ‘celebrations’ seems to be lacking. Todays students are full of smiles and having fun. Gone is the utter rage that we have seen on these occasions in the past. This kind of reminds me of a ‘burning man’ event accept for all of the regimentation and control.

Why ‘Great Satan’?- The Title Comes From Shiite Eschatology

Most of us in the America laugh at the event and wonder why we are considered the ‘bad guys’ since they were the ones who attacked our embassy and took our personnel hostage. We were the violated party yet we are still called the ‘Great Satan’?

Actually the term comes from Shiite Muslim eschatology. According to their ‘end-time’ scenario in the last days before the coming of the Muslim ‘Messiah’-the Mahdi’ also called the ‘Hidden Imam’ or the ‘12th Imam’ in their current cultic understanding. An infidel power will be dominating the world politically, economically, and militarily. That end-time power is called the ‘Great Satan’.

The current leaders believe that they are in the end-times and that the 12th Imam is coming back soon. In fact the Ayatollah Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader) claims that the ‘Hidden Imam’ has appeared to him and told him so!.

The current Iranian leaders including President Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs identify the USA as the ‘Great Satan’ that must be defeated by the coming Mahdi who according to their eschatological scenario becomes the one world leader and Islam the only authorized religion. But first the ‘Great Satan’ must be utterly defeated and all Jews and Christians that will not join Islam must be killed.

The students are smiling today but the implications of their end-time religious convictions are anything but joyful.            *Top of the Blog

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