The Iranian president comes from a cadre of messianic revolutionaries who were influenced by the teachings of an Iranian philosopher by the name of Ahmad Fardid.
Born in 1909 in the city of Yazd in central Iran and educated in Europe, Fardid was an admirer of Martin Heidegger, the renowned German philosopher who was a leading intellectual supporter of Hiter’s National Socialist ideology….
…Fardid believed that ideas such as human rights, tolerance and Western democracy are decadent. He also believed that all international organizations are conspirators against Iran.
An antisemite, he saw the “hand of Zionists” controlling foreign governments and nongovernmental organizations. The use of violence to achieve political goals was, in Fardid’s opinion, absolutely permissible.
Fardid died in 1994, but his influence remains. Javedanfar observes that Fardid was comfortable with radical Shiite Islam because of its similarities with Nazism, specifically the power of a divinely-inspired “Supreme Leader.”
Javedanfar notes that there are some differences in the followers of Fardid, though. Ahmadinejad has said he doesn’t have a problem with Judaism and Jews in general, just the Zionists, which is different than his former senior advisor who called Jews “filthy.”
This doesn’t make Ahmadinejad a moderate, of course, and the fact that this other man was his “senior advisor” strongly indicates that Ahmadinejad is saying something different about the Jews privately than publicly.
Source: World Threats