“While the U.S. is entering into a catastrophic financial and economic phase,” Iranian Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri recently said in a speech to the Guards’ ground forces, “Iran can, with a serious offensive, emerge economically and financially.”
You probably didn’t hear that on any of the networks’ evening newscasts. Indeed, with severe economic troubles here at home, the dramatic fall of the evil Gaddafi regime in Libya, and 140-plus rocket and mortar attacks against Israel in recent days, Iran has not been much in the news. But don’t let the quiet fool you. The fact that they aren’t making headlines this month doesn’t mean the mullahs aren’t feverishly trying to build nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them. Most Western intelligence agencies believe that work is continuing apace. What’s more, as the U.S. continues to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian leadership feels increasingly emboldened to dominate the vacuum we are creating.
Bottom line: the Iranian threat to Israel and the West is rising. What’s more, next month Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to return to New York City to speak to the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. Will he again pray for Allah to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam? Will he go further?
In this context, thanks to all of you who have been asking when my new political thriller would be released. I’m glad to announce that, Lord willing, The Tehran Initiative will launch on October 18th. The story picks up sixty seconds after where The Twelfth Imam (just out in paperback) left off. After The Tehran Initiative will come the third (and likely last) in the series, The Damascus Countdown. Here’s a quick video I recorded recently in Jerusalem discussing new novel, and I’ll be releasing more details about the book in the coming weeks.
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