Between Iraq and a Hard Place – 8, The New Crusade and the Black Flag

Back on 11 July 2003, I launched into my first detailed prediction answering the question whether American soldiers could win in Iraq. I used as evidence Nostradamus’ “Crusaders in Mesopotamia (Iraq)” prophecy. The word “crusader” is a key link to finding a path through the chaotic visions of future Nostradamus prophecies that tie the fate of President Bush with his nation’s conquest of Iraq:

Two days after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on America… the US president, indelicately defined his war against Islamist terrorism as “a great crusade.”

Over four-and-a-half centuries ago, Nostradamus said the following in Century 3, Quatrain 61 of his prescient masterpiece Les Propheties:

La grande bande & secte crucigere,
Se dressera en Mesopotamie:
Du proche fleuue compagnie legere,
Que telle loy tiendra pour ennemie.

The great host and sect of the crusaders,
Will be massed in Mesopotamia:
Of the nearby river the fast company,
That such law will hold for the enemy.

Line 1 and 2’s phrase “great host and sect of the crusaders will be massed in Mesopotamia” is more applicable to the US forces occupying the region today [rather than the previous and temporary invasion of parts of Iraq during the offensive to liberate Kuwait in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm]. I believe President Bush’s use of the word “crusade” is a classic catch phrase Nostradamus wouldn’t have overlooked. Moreover, it is an objective fact mostly overlooked by the American media that a major invasion of Christian missionaries and aid organizations is at this moment taking place in Iraq.

… Thus, it seems we “have” a new crusade in Mesopotamia, as Nostradamus defined it in Century 3, Quatrain 61.

Lines 1 through 3 point to the Gulf War of 1991 repeating itself in early 2003:

The great host and sect of the crusaders,
Will be massed in Mesopotamia:
Of the nearby river the fast company…

Fast armored armadas of the Mesopotamian encirclement of Republican Guard divisions in 1991 become leaner and meaner armored brigades of the U.S. blitzkrieg of 2003. They plunge across the Mesopotamian delta heading north, northwest for Baghdad alongside the western bank of the Euphrates (“nearby river”).

At the date of this writing a “great host” is indeed “amassed in Mesopotamia.” At the end of the war there were close to 200,000 soldiers, the vast majority being of the Christian faith (“crusaders”) on the ground in Mesopotamia. Since 1 May, the Bush administration scaled down the number of troops to 145,000. An escalation of guerilla warfare sets the stage for history to repeat itself. Another US president from Texas is issuing secret orders for a buildup of more troops for what could be America’s second Vietnam quagmire.

Perhaps the repetition of history is closer than I’ve stated it. When US troops crossed the Euphrates River on their final push for Baghdad, they passed into the fertile and marshy planes of the Tigris and Euphrates watershed.

“Gosh!” remarked one reporter on camera from CNN riding on top of an armored personnel carrier through yellowish green rice fields and palm groves, “It looks just like we’re driving right back into Vietnam!”

Is he right?

Let us review the prophecy again:

The great host and sect of the crusaders,
Will be massed in Mesopotamia [modern day Iraq]:
Of the nearby river the fast company,
That such law will hold for the enemy.

The final line seen in the light of the 2003 invasion becomes more ominous for America. Indeed, a clearer picture arises of just what Nostradamus might intend for the “law” that will “hold for the enemy.” Saddam’s dictatorial “law” survived the Gulf War of 1991 only to be replaced by a new tyranny–the “Sharia” law of Shiite fundamentalism.

The law of the Sharia will hold Iraq because the American president’s preemptive war and occupation is the catalyst. A force-fed Iraqi puppet democracy will radicalize the country. The guerrilla insurrection will grow in strength long after the US captures or kills Saddam. This insurrection may be the match setting the fires of a 27-year war foreseen by Nostradamus in his famous “Mabus” and “Third Antichrist” prophecies.

(11 July 2003)

ASSESSMENT (March 2007):
This all might sound familiar, even a common place litany of developments and troubles for the US occupation, only I set this down over three years and eight months ago. There was then no Iraqi government in place but what I would ostensibly call a US Viceroy, Paul Brenner, whom the president called his special envoy and chief US administrator of Iraq. Brenner would appoint an Interim Iraqi Governing Council after the invasion. They in turn under US official observation dissolved on 1 June 2004 before picking Allad Alawi as the prime minister of an interim government preparing the way for the first national elections in 2005. America’s Iraqi Prime Minister ended his term on April 7, 2005, after a national election reshuffled the interim national assembly with a face less friendly to Americans. The leader of the Islamic Dawa Party, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, an Ayatollah no less, who chose to wear a western suit rather than the black robe and turban. Bush’s new “reason” for occupying Iraq was on the march and a democratic majority was thronging south, ever closer to Iran and its ruling council of radical Ayatollahs of the Shia sect of Islam. The second national election brought Nouri al-Maliki and a coalition of Shia, and Shia-theocratic factions together to rule Iraq, to the horror and general boycott of Sunnis and the concern of more tolerant yet cautious Kurds who would deal with a Shia government if they supported Kurdish ambitions for autonomy within their lands in Northern Iraq.

Back when I wrote “New Crusades and Quagmires” there was no appearance yet of powerful Shia Ayatollahs, such as al-Hakim, or Shia cleric  Muqtada al-Sadr holding political sway over the government. There were no black-cloaked militias of al-Hakim’s Badr Brigades or al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army tyrannizing the streets, forcing women to cover up. There was no shadow of theocracy or the enforcement of a radical fundamentalist interpretation of the Sharia law in the provinces they ruled by majority, taking what was the most secular of Arab countries back into a medieval dogma. I presented the scenario above when there was no sign for years to come of President Bush’s escalation, his “surge.” Saddam Hussein was still at large for another five months. He would not be hung for another three years.

I implied for the first time on 11 July 2003 that the Sharia law, would hold and they would win the war–not the crusaders who gave them the freedom to rule. Right now the Sharia is holding.

When I wrote the quoted passage above, the mainstream press, US president and vice president viewed the guerilla insurrection as a small affair of malcontented Baathists and dead enders from Saddam Hussein’s shattered dictatorship. They became for the first time the dismissive object of Dick Cheney’s serene and confident, basso-profundo pontifications: they were a pitiful little band of rebels belonging to an insurrection in its “death throes.”

No Dick! The insurrection has grown since July 2003, long after Saddam’s capture in December 2003. It has radicalized Iraq.

The Arab Prince and the Black One who will make him repent

On 01 August 2003, about three weeks after posting prophecies about Mesopotamia and Crusaders in “New Crusades and Quagmires”, it seemed time for my oracle to train its inner eye on unraveling the mystery behind Nostradamus’ cryptic prophecy about an Arab prince who could become Nostradamus’ Third Antichrist. A dark younger rival aided by a thing called “bloody Alus” will undo him. When I wrote the following, Saddam was a deposed dictator, a hunted man in a US occupied Iraq and his possible successors, his sons Uday and Qusay, had both been killed in a firefight with US soldiers. The brackets are mine from March 2007:

Saddam Hussein’s rapid fall might indicate he is out of the running [for Nostradamus’ Mabus-Third Antichrist prophecy]. However, at the date of this writing, he is still alive, and now overseeing a part, if not the leader of, a gathering guerrilla insurrection in Iraq. Death in the near future may yet see him fulfill the criterion for Mabus in Century 2, Quatrain 62: he soon dies at the onset of the war and his death is a catalyst for the great destruction of people and animals around the world in a 27-year war of international terrorism.

I wish to quote my 1997 interpretation of Century 6 Quatrain 33 for today’s theme about the aftermath of the Saddam regime.

Sa main derniere par Alus sanguinaire
Ne se pourra par la mer guarentir:
Entre deux fleuues craindre main militaire,
Le noir l’ireux le fera repentir.

His power finally through bloody Alus,
He will be unable to protect himself by sea.
Between two rivers he will fear the military hand,
The black one will make the angry one repent of it.

The quatrain implies that Saddam Hussein (“the angry one”) is the man who is “unable to protect himself by sea” (his defenses proved useless against sea-launched cruise missiles both during and after the Gulf War of 1991). Saddam, the Mesopotamian leader “between two rivers” (the Tigris and Euphrates) who fears the “military hand” of the West, may also need to fear the hand or power of bloody “Alus,” the “black one,” who is someone other than Abu Nidal. He could be a future black-robed Ayatollah from Iran.


I would add that the Ayatollah I spoke of six years earlier might turn out to be the Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei or the leader of Iraqi Shiite Ayatollahs fomenting a fundamentalist Islamic state in Post-Saddam Iraq.

(01 August 2003)

ASSESSMENT (March 2007):
It is nearly ten years after 1997 and three years and seven months on from posting my assessment in August 2003 about a rising tide of Shia radicalism overtaking Iraq. Ayatollah Khamenei, the true leader behind the Iranian presidential puppet, Ahmadinejad, pulls the purse strings and his al-Kuds revolutionary guards train and arm the Iraqi Shia militias. At this moment Muqtada al-Sadr tarries in Iran seeking protection from the US troop surge until it spends itself and he can return to lead his militias in Baghdad and Najaf. (Update: 5 April 2007: rumor has it he has already returned to Najaf this week.)

The next passage written in August 2003 reads like a history of what has happened up to the present, even though at the time it was only a prediction:

Saddam’s sons have been killed. He will follow them shortly. What transpires in the months or a year ahead is a new insurrection fomented by a black robed and angry Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah. Whether his anger or US imperialist interests in Iraq are justified only history will tell. Prophecy tells us that a new guerrilla war is coming. It may not be solely a war waged by those between the two rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates in the Sunni Muslim Triangle. The vast majority of Iraqi’s of the Shiite faith will, for better or worse, choose to establish their own political destiny without edicts from Viceroys of an American occupation. The Shiites may push aside the Americans if they do not step aside.

(01 August 2003)

ASSESSMENT (March 2007)
The rise of the Shia did follow. The statements I had made in August 2003 begged for an accounting six months later. Muqtada al-Sadr had become a chief potentate for the Shia rebellion. His imposing figure, black beard, turban and black penetrating eyes perhaps makes him one who would be Nostradamus’ young black man of evil intent (3 Q 60) or the “black one” in the “Bloody Alus” prophecy (6 Q33) who would make Saddam repent:

Unfortunately, my prediction about a Shiite rebellion against American occupation starting in 2004 was correct. At the end of March, American coalition forces banned a newspaper published by [Shia cleric] Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of a sect of young and radical Shiites. He launched an uprising in a half dozen cities with up to 10,000 militia from his own al-Mahdi private army, assisted by Sunni guerrillas. So far (22 April) the fighting has killed 102 US troops and over 1,000 Iraqi civilians and fighters in bloody urban street fighting primarily in Fallujah, al-Kut and along streets in the Shia slums around Baghdad. US wounded are in the several hundreds.

(22 April 2004)

The fight in April 2004, one of the bloodiest months for US troops in Iraq so far, may be only a taste of what could come later in 2007 or in 2008, if war should expand its taloned reach by air to the nuclear installations of Iran and the ballistic and chemical gassing of Israeli streets. If America should stir the sleeping black beast of Shia anger it will cascade like a tidal wave through the streets of Shia Iraq in support of their Persian brethren in Iran with a loss of life not yet imagined by US occupying forces.

Next will try solving the riddle of the bloody Alus prophecy that may have made Saddam Hussein repent.

John Hogue
(09 April 2007)

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