Today’s blog must be brief as I am clocking 15-hour days preparing Predictions for 2010 for electronic publication on December 1st. A number of developments in current events have matched predictions from the previous almanac on 2009. I wrote back in December 2008 that 2009 would see US unemployment figures exceed 10 percent. October reports in the press put the rate currently at 10.3 percent.
Stay extra vigilant on this day, 11/11/09 and all the rest of the days of November. Jihad organizations like to play with dates including elevens and nines. This is the 11th month of the 9th year of this decade (11/9 = 9/11 reversed). It was on this Armistice and Veteran’s Day holiday eight years ago that Usama bin Laden filmed his infamous video tape of a dinner party in Afghanistan praising the “martyrs” who attacked America on 9/11, implicating his involvement.
Now to happier matters. Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling (9 November 1989). It marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War and Soviet Union. Nostradamus may have foreseen the demise of both dying with a whimper when he wrote the following prophecy 434 years before it happened, indexing the prophecy as a date. Century 2 of Quatrain 89 says:
Vn iour seront demis les deux grands maistres,
Leur grand pouuoir se verra augmenté:
La terre neufue sera en ses hauts estres,
Au sanguinaire le nombre racompté
One day the two great leaders will become friends,
Their great power will be seen to increase:
The new land [America] will be at the height of its power,
To the bloody one, the number is reported.
The great leaders mentioned in line one are US president H.W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviet Empire had exhausted itself in arms races and struggles for political and economy hegemony with America. “We will take your enemy away from you, ” Gorbachev had said to Bush, and he began a snowballing reform campaign of Perestroika (openness) that lead to an avalanche of change knocking down the Berlin wall in 1989 and knocking over the communist Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
In line two, Nostradamus waxes dyslexic giving us the sequence backwards. Their great power is not that of the two leaders but the power mentioned in line three: the new land of America, which indeed became after 1989 the preeminent and sole superpower in the world at the height of its economic and military strength for the following decade.
Many possible interpretations might unveil the mystery of who the bloody one might be. In the context of the Cold War’s end, Premier Gorbachev displayed a prominent blood splattered-looking birthmark on his balding forehead. The number reported are the missiles selected for dismantling as part of START, the US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
In my first book (15 books ago) on Nostradamus, written in 1986, I took the hint of the indexing of this quatrain to predict that the Cold War would end by the end of the decade. On further examination of events since then, the indexing numbers 2 (February) (19)89, may stand for the month Soviet forces left Afghanistan. 1989 was the year Gorbachev met G.W. Bush in an impromptu summit meeting at Malta declaring the Cold War was over
Afghanistan has been the death of Empires. Will America’s empire be next? We await a decision by President Obama, the “black king” of Nostradamus’ prophecies on this day of remembrance of war dead. He will soon send many more to their funerary watch in cemeteries on future Veteran’s Day celebrations, as he does not yet learn Afghanistan’s harsh historic lessons. He will send soldiers to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan and not al-Qaeda. History wonders if he will to track down America’s real enemy, the one who dared speak of his martyrs, eight years ago on America’s hallowed Veteran’s Day.
(Armistice Day: 11 November 2009)