By far the most interesting thing Baer said at the meeting was about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad believes that the twelfth and final Shia imam, named Muhammad al-Mahdi, and who disappeared sometime near 860 AD, is still alive. Furthermore, he believes he can talk with the Mahdi, who’s prophesied to be the ultimate savior of humankind. According to Baer, Iran’s prime minister communicates with the Mahdi by dropping post-it notes down a sacred well. The first thing Ahmadinejad did upon taking office was donate $17 million of government money to restore a shrine to the Mahdi, and there’s talk of building a direct rail line from the shrine to Tehran, so when the ‘Hidden Imam’ returns, he can make a grand entrance.
Patton Oswalt joked that he hated Bush, but deep down had a sick fascination with the president because Oswalt thought only he could bring about the biblical Apocalypse. It appears we now have a world leader who’s serious about doing it, and is actively seeking the weapons to do so.