Report: Iran Preparing for Final Conflict with Enemies

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JERUSALEM -- Iran is ramping up its rhetoric against the United States and Israel after the International Atomic Energy Agency released its report on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

But Iran sees the report as an excuse for an attack.  

Iran blasted talk of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.  Leaders claimed those sanctions would only unite Iranians behind the nuclear program.  

Nearly 1,000 Iranian students even formed a human chain to symbolically protect the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan.

They vowed a devastating response to any Western attack.

This is all part of the vision of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accordng to retired Israeli Lt. Col. Michael Segall.

"It was the first time he refers in public to the phrase of final confrontation -- final confrontation with the West. Indeed Iran is preparing itself for the final confrontation," he told CBN News.

Segall said the prospect of war actually plays into Ahmadinejad's theology.

The Iranian president believes it's his calling to usher in the return of the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi through a violent upheaval in the region and world.

Segall added that Iran sees the so-called "Arab Spring" as an Islamic awakening.

"Iran has prepared the ground for years for these events and now they are seeing these events. The Islamic Awakening or the Arab Spring as divine development for change," he explained.

During the last 10 years or so, Iran has seen the downfall of enemies like the Taliban in Afghanistan, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, as well as the rise of friends like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"So When Ahmadinejad comes and says, 'We are ready for the final confrontation,' Iran takes all of these payload of events and says, 'This is divine. This is a divine sign that we are on the right way,'" Segall said.

And while most Middle East Muslims are Sunni and Iranians are Shia, the Islamic Republic is trying to build a new Middle East based on common enemy.

"The only common denominator is hate for the West and hate for Israel," Segall explained.  "Iran is trying to rebuild and reshape the Middle East."

And that prospect spells a potential perfect storm for the Middle East and those who live there.

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