Special Report: Where We Are – Where We’re Headed
Vol: 12 Issue: 22 Sunday, September 22, 2002
Saddam seems bent on setting the Middle East aflame, even if it means his own self-destruction. At this point in time, there is no way that he can believe he would survive the next war. Last week, he blunted the US forward momentum at the UN in a single stroke by offering an unconditional to the Gulf War inspections regime.
Immediately after, the whole world and half the US Congress forgot all about Saddam’s WMD. The Russians were satisfied. So was all of Europe, except for Great Britain. The Canadians were happy and the UN announced that a crisis had been averted.
Saddam’s stall tactics appeared to have a good chance of being successful. As we pointed out, all Saddam needed to do was stall until mid-winter and he’d have almost a whole year before weather conditions would permit a full-scale attack.
Instead, inexplicably, he then turned around and handed Washington exactly the provocation it needed to justify an attack, with or without UN support.
When Saddam Hussein said he would not comply with any new UN resolutions, he sealed his fate. War will come to Baghdad before springtime will.
This war won’t be survivable for Saddam Hussein. He knows that. The Iraqi declaration wasn’t just political suicide, it was an act of suicide in every conventional sense of the word. Saddam’s only hope of living another year was to stall another year — and he deliberately provoked war instead.
The White House stopped pretending, Bush stopped protesting that “there are no war plans on my desk” and the New York Times is competing with the Washington Post to see who will earn the prize for supplying the most detailed military intelligence to the Iraqi government.
One this is for sure. Tikrit is sure to be a ghost town during the mid-winter months. The Post told the public (and the Iraqis) that,
“the bull’s-eye is Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, where about 50,000 people live on the Tigris River about 100 miles north of Baghdad. . . Experts on Iraq say that Tikrit is the nexus between Hussein, the security police and his weapons of mass destruction, or WMD. “Iraq’s WMD are under the control of the special security organization,” Khidir Hamza, a former Iraqi nuclear engineer, recently testified on Capitol Hill. “This is the same group that are charged with Saddam’s security. This feared and ruthless organization is mainly composed of conscripts from Saddam’s hometown and very loyal tribes in the adjacent areas.” “
It seems that is unlikely to be the case once the Iraqi ambassador opens his morning copy of the Washington Post. On the other hand, last week the New York Times printed a completely different set of war plans as the ‘definitive’ Pentagon Plan A.
For a highly secretive Pentagon developing super top secret military invasion plans, they sure have a lot of leaks. If Supreme Allied Command had operated the way the Pentagon does, June 6, 1944 would have been the day the Allies lost World War II.
Either the Pentagon has been heavily infiltrated by spies and traitors or the multiplicity of leaks are designed to keep the Iraqis off-balance.
Iraq’s future was sealed by the words of Hebrew prophets thousands of years in advance, and it appears that Saddam is bent on bringing about its fulfillment.
The city of Babylon is located about thirty miles outside of Baghdad. It has a population of about thirty thousand. Saddam has largely rebuilt the city, including several of Nebuchanezzar’s palaces.
Jeremiah prophesied of Babylon, “And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.” [Jeremiah 51:37]
Of the kingdom of Babylon, [modern day Iraq] Jeremiah says, “Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.” [Jeremiah 51:43].
Babylon the city fell into disrepair over the centuries, but has never been wholly uninhabited. Neither was the entire kingdom been left desolate, “without an inhabitant” throughout all the long Chaldean history.
The Medo-Persians absorbed Babylon, and was, in its turn absorbed by Alexander the Great’s Greek Empire, which was swallowed up by the Roman Empire.
When Rome collapsed, Iraq (then Mesopotamia) had no definitive boundaries, apart from the land which lies between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, but it continued to exist, as did its cities, many of which date from Biblical times.
The city of Ur, the home of Abraham is known today as Tall al Muqayyar, Iraqi cities were never before ‘without an inhabitant.’
Developing events suggest that Jeremiah’s prophecy may be fulfilled in the near future.
The New York Times is reporting that Ariel Sharon has ‘informed’ the Bush administration that it will ‘retaliate’ if Iraq attacks Israel.
According to a recent poll by the newspaper Yediot Ahronot, 70 percent of Israelis believe that the nation should retaliate if it is subjected to the same sort of Scud attacks it endured in 1991.
“There are many more options now for Israel to be defended,” said David Ivri, Israel’s former ambassador to Washington and a senior defense official during the Gulf War. ” . . there is also much more of a tendency to respond this time,” Mr. Ivri said. “Otherwise, we will lose deterrence. We did not retaliate in 1991. If we do not retaliate another time, neighboring countries may think we do not have confidence in our ability.”
The fact that Israel intends to retaliate — and says so — is significant. Although intended as a warning, it is in fact an invitation.
Saddam’s strategy is to invite a retaliatory strike that will so inflame the remainder of the Middle East that the Arab world will rise up as one and drive the Jews into the sea.
Saddam knows that he must die to make it happen, but he is convinced that he will be remembered as the 21st century’s answer to Nebuchadnezzar — the only Arab leader to conquer Israel in battle in history. Saddam wants to go down in history as the 2nd Nebuchadnezzar.
To ensure a massive Israeli retaliatory strike, Saddam is likely to unleash Scud missiles tipped with chemical or biological warheads. Israel has made no secret of its nuclear defense policy.
That policy is divided into two distinct levels — the Samson Option and the Masada Complex. Samson was the Biblical Judge who pulled down the house on himself in order to destroy his enemies. The Masdada Complex referred to the Roman seige at the Jewish stronghold of Masada. Rather than surrender the defending Jews burned the entire complex — leaving a single storehouse packed with food and supplies intact. Then they committed mass suicide. (the storehouse, with supplies, was left intact as a message to the Romans that they chose death over conquest)
An Israeli counter-strike to a chemical or biological attack would almost certainly be nuclear. Strategically speaking, every second between the first Iraqi WMD strike and the certainty of Iraq’s inability to strike again reduces Israel’s survivability as a viable nation.
A nuclear counterstrike is demanded under the Samson Option.
Such a strike would guarantee Israeli security from additonal incoming Scud attacks from that entire region of Iraq.
With nuclear weapons, precision is not that big a deal, since the strike zone will be ‘without an inhabitant.’ Baghdad is a certain target, as are Saddam’s surrounding military complexes (including those at his southern palaces in Babylon).
Directly to Israel’s north, Syria has missiles already tipped with chemical and biological warheads and already pointed directly to the south.
The Masada Complex comes into play here. Damascus also has an unfulfilled destiny, according to Scripture.
Damascus, the capital of Syria, is the oldest continually inhabited city on earth, with a history that goes back as far as the earliest records of antiquity. The operative words here are “continuously inhabited”.
Unlike most other cities of antiquity, Damascus has never ceased to be a major Middle Eastern population center — not even for a brief period. Damascus is made mention of as early as Genesis Chapter 14.
Israel has more than 400 nuclear weapons in hidden silos in various places within their borders, as well as at least two submarines in the Mediterranean that are launch capable. And you can be certain that in the event of a massive WMD attack by the Syrians, Israel will respond in kind.
Isaiah 17:1 speaks to Syria’s capital, saying, “the burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”
Historians and skeptics often argue that the prophecies concerning Babylon were fulfilled when Babylon fell, but Jeremiah is much too specific –‘without an inhabitant’ means what it says.
The same argument is advanced for the prophecies concerning Damascus, that, while continuously inhabited throughout history, it has been sufficiently destroyed in previous wars to warrant marking this prophecy ‘fulfilled’.
Isaiah says that the destruction of Damascus shall occur “In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.” -Isaiah 17:11.
Israel, God’s ‘fig tree’ (Matthew 24:7), ‘born at once’ (Isaiah 66:7) is the modern state of Israel. Israel did not exist in Isaiah’s day (the kingdom of Israel was destroyed a century before by Sargon) and did not exist again as a nation until May 14, 1948.
Isaiah accurately forecasts the global reaction already evident in the world’s relationship with Israel. “Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.” (Isaiah 17:12-13)
Isaiah further establishes that this is a future event and not history. Of Israel’s enemy, Isaiah says, “And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.” (Isaiah 17:14)
Isaiah speaks of overnight destruction — ‘at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not’ says the prophet. Ancient armies didn’t make war at night and the overnight destruction of a city of Damascus size was a physical impossibility, even if the invaders met zero resistance.
Israeli use of nuclear weapons is made even more likely by the probability of a open war — on a scale not yet seen — by a determined anemy already ‘within its gates’ — the Palestinians.
Numbers 33:55 says, “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”
The ancient Israelites were warned, says Judges 2:2-3, “And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.”
All in all, a pretty coherent description of the developing crisis in the Middle East. Lightning war, entire regions made uninhabitable, specific details like identifying Damascus and Babylon — Israel’s two most likely targets in the event of war — by name.
All of it happening at precisely the same point in history, under the precise geopolitical situation existing in this generation (to the exclusion of all generations prior to 1948) all leading to the exact outcome foretold by the prophets.
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