Thanks to a former CIA double agent using the pseudonym Reza Khalili, an anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda film, The Coming Is Near, approved by upper-level Iranians, has come to light. The movie makes the claim that the turmoil in the Middle East is a foreordained prelude to the arrival of the Twelfth Imam, or Mahdi, a kind of messiah figure who will lead the armies of Islam to victory over non-Muslims in the Last Days.
Nice try, guys. This is exactly why citizens have taken to the streets, because of mythical nonsense like this. Khalili says the movie has been produced by an ominous-sounding group called "The Conductors of the Coming," in connection with the Basij and the Iranian President's office. Khalili should know, having been part of the Revolutionary Guards. He also says the movie was shown by the President's office to the clerics, who no doubt would award it a Best Picture Muzzy at The Clerical Awards, given the chance.
The video claims that Iran is destined to rise in the Last Days (whenever that is), and help vanquish Israel and America (because of our rap videos or something), presumably so the Mahdi dude can return and get high-fives for being the figurehead of a repressive society. Sounds like a plan. The American invasion of Iraq, upheaval in Egypt and Yemen, even the poor health of the the Saudi King, Abdullah, are all foretold. The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameni, and the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, get major props as End Times bigwigs. As does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is supposed to conquer Jerusalem, paving the way for — you guessed it — the Mahdi. Who wrote this stuff, Scientologists? They're planning on disseminating the video throughout the Middle East, with the goal of fomenting more uprisings. Thirty-seven years of rule by the Shah just wasn't long enough.