He is the current Iranian President and a member of a sect of Islam called the "Twelver's" who believe that the hidden Imam will return after a worldwide catacylism......one that can be brought about by the actions of man. More here.
Now that the Iranian economy is headed for the dumper ( even with record high oil prices) he seems to be on the same track as Adolph Hitler. The Iranian Islamic Majlis (parliament) passed a law that will require religous minorities to wear strips of colored cloth just as the Germans did prior to World War II.
"The law mandates the government to make sure that all Iranians wear "standard Islamic garments" designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing, and to eliminate "the influence of the infidel" on the way Iranians, especially the young, dress.
It also envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct color schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would enable Muslims to instantly recognize non-Muslims so that they can avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis" (unclean)."
I can't help but see the parallels with pre-Nazi Germany. The one difference I do see is that Amahdinejad primarily goes off against the west at the same time he ranks on the Jews. You can clearly see that he works the world oil markets by talking about nuking Israel and waiting for the price per barrel to go up. I'm not sure how you deal with a threat like this. There is a very young population in Iran that doesn't like the Mullahs and with the right amount of support they may be able to effect change like so many eastern European countries.