Forget "Abraham, Martin and John," now we have Hugo, Jesus and Mahdi because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is convinced that Chávez will return to the earth with the redeemer of Islam, 12th Imam Mahdi's personal deputy Jesus Christ.
Extolling Jesus as Mahdi's deputy is unusual coming from a man that despises Jews, which is precisely what Jesus the 'deputy' is. Maybe Mahmoud is just a little confused and thinks Jesus, who the Shias call Isa, is Roman Catholic like Hugo.
Either way, one thing is for sure: Iran's president believes Hugo Chávez's stature is such that he'll be returning on "resurrection day" with religious figures Mahmoud believes are Islam's allies -- even if they're not.
Grief-stricken over Chávez's death, Iran's president wrote a letter of condolence to Venezuela's interim president, Nicolás Maduro, in which he spoke in glowing terms about the dead dictator.
According to crazy-as-a-loon Mahmoud, although Hugo is very much dead, he believes that:
Chávez is alive, as long as justice, love and freedom are living. He is alive, as long as piety, brightness, and humanity are living. He is alive, as long as nations are alive and struggle for consolidating independence, justice and kindness.
Placing Chávez in the company of a deity, Iran's president continued his tribute:
I have no doubt that he will come back, and along with Christ the Savior, the heir to all saintly and perfect men, and will bring peace, justice and perfection for all.
Pouring it on with more gusto than he does when talking about wiping Israel "off the map," Mahmoud concluded:
Hugo Chávez was a name known to all nations. His name is reminiscent of pure innocence, kindness, fortitude and love for the people, to serve the people, especially the poor and the victims of colonialism and imperialism by arrogant powers. He is indeed a martyr of the road to service to Venezuelan people, and preserving human and revolutionary values.
All that love, peace, and perfection talk is unusual coming from an anti-Semite Twelver Shī'a Muslim bent on personally ushering in the return of the 12th Imam by generating a worldwide cataclysm with a nuclear bomb.
Undeterred by mutually assured destruction, Mahmoud is willing to see Iran go up in smoke as an ultimate act of martyrdom on behalf of Muhammad al-Mahdii.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plan? Destroy the Zionist nation where, whether he realizes it or not Jesus Christ is due to return east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. So if Ahmadinejad nukes Israel to usher in chaos on the wrong day and Chávez is coming back with Jesus, Mahmoud will be nuking Hugo.
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