Another aspect that most are not aware of is the primarily Shi'ite belief, involving the return of the 12th Imam ( the muslim equivalent of a savior ). In a nutshell. According to their belief He will only return in a time of great strife for the muslims. The ayatollah khomeini of Iran and his following believe it is their duty to facilitate this "great strife" as quickly as possible to hasten the return of the 12th Imam. The ayatollah has made this public, it is not secret information. There being no requirement in their teachings that this "great strife" be the result of others actions and their fervent desire to bring the 12th Imam back ( who will banish all other religions ). They feel it is their religious dictate to develop nukes to lob at Israel and the USA, (no provocation necessary) which will result in the "great strife" that will bring the return of the 12th Imam. Short of nukes any other method is and will also be used to reach the same goal.
Someone mentioned the 10% figure for radicalized muslims, and many debate that that is the lowest most conservative estimate, some say closer to 40%. So there are now 1.6 billion muslims worldwide 10% = 160 million minimum, radical muslims who have us in their sights
In our rational thinking we mistakenly think they want something tangible: land, jobs
, money, new cars, houses, thier own state, to COEXIST
What they want does not fit into our rational thinking, what they want is us and all Infidels
they will stop at nothing less, it is their divine duty and destiny. They Want to die for it.
Correct, this belief is not held by all Muslims, there are other factions that do not adhere to every word (why they kill each other). But most hold to the return of the 12th Imam.
There is also a slick loophole in their teachings that allows them to temporarily partake in the wicked ways of the infidels to gain their trust and infiltrate their ranks to further the cause. Basically the ends justify any means necessary. Interesting little side note, this same loophole exists in Black Liberation Theology as taught by the famous reverend Jeremiah Wright.
There are those who believe that as soon as Iran gets a nuke, it'll be sent somewhere to begin the final conflict. As a retired Pastor, I can see how this all fits into the Bible's teaching about the last days.