The Ayatollah Trigger of the Next Mideast War

We come to a milestone in future history at the onset of May in the shape of two anniversaries:

Mission “Unaccomplished” in Iraq

Three years ago this May, President G.W. Bush under a banner declaring “Mission Accomplish,” announced major operations in his invasion and occupation of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq were over. Three years, 2,401 US dead and 18,000 US wounded later (not to mention over 100,000 dead Iraqis), what has been “accomplished” is a mission to disaster. Perhaps it was foreseen in the mid-16th century in the prophecies of Nostradamus. Since I began commenting on Century 3, Quatrain 61 nearly three years ago, its meaning seems ever more clear.

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 [modern day Iraq]:
Of the nearby river the fast company,
That such law will hold for the enemy.

Let us take a fresh look at the first half of the prophecy.

The great host and sect of the crusaders, will be massed in Mesopotamia [modern day Iraq]:

The French verb “dresser” (“dessera” in future tense) in line two not only implies massing, mounting or arraying a military host or invading army, but can also mean erecting bases of operation and camps for that occupying force. It is often the case that Nostradamus implies multiple meanings of a verb to cover much ground with a minimum of verbiage. Therefore, “dressera” not only could describe a future buildup of troops but also evokes visions of other meanings, such as soldiers pitching tents in vast camps in the deserts of Iraq. It evokes images of troops that will be “drilled” (dressera) and trained, standing arrayed in serried “dressed” ranks standing at attention, ramrod straight, in such camps. Verb use also implies the evolution of these camps into permanent bases because French uses “dresser” in sentences about building construction subjects. Perhaps Nostradamus used this verb to foretell visions of multi-billion dollar construction projects laying the foundations for 14 permanent self-contained US bases across Iraq. It could presage the construction of a massive labyrinth of fortified high rise buildings looming over the Baghdad skyline along the banks of the Tigris River. It is the new US Embassy–a 21st century version of a castle fortress complex covering an area the size of Vatican City.

Over four centuries ago, Nostradamus described a “host” of occupation soldiers in the same terms used by Iraqi insurgents and al-Qaeda operatives as another army of invading Christian “crusaders.”

The Christian Crusades never set foot on Iraq. There has NEVER been a great host of predominantly Christian soldiers camped across Iraq until 2003. This prophecy is about our times. Moreover, a majority of the rank and file of the US force bear witness to an evangelical religious conviction comparable to the knights of the Holy Christian Crusades. Their Islamist enemies recognize it today. Nostradamus recognized it nearly 450 years before it happened.

This prophecy is talking about a plan for a permanent occupation of a Christian-centric, Western army in modern-day Iraq.

Will that plan succeed?
The last two lines give us a clue to the outcome:

Of the nearby river the fast company, that such law will hold for the enemy.

The invasion of “fast” armored companies of US and Coalition troops raced north towards Baghdad grinding up desert rooster tails of sand alongside the Euphrates River. Line three has returned to the initial invasion, but line four hints at what will be the outcome. The “loy” (that is French for: “the law, statute, act or rule”) will “hold” for the enemy of these modern crusaders.

Nostradamus is speaking of the Islamic “Sharia” law.

Three years ago when the US “Mission” was “accomplished,” Saddam Hussein’s regime became history. Then the Bush administration promoted democracy to eclipse the first motivation for war–Saddam’s stockpiled weapons of mass destruction–were not found. The crusaders had a new crusade. They would teach the Iraqi people how to vote and be democratic under their watchful guns. In the meantime, the insurrection the crusaders never planed for grew. After many frustrating delays a democratic Iraqi election has brought into power a government run by the majority Shia citizens. Now they secretly aim to rule the country under Islamic, Sharia law, as it is stiffly interpreted by Shia clerics–the black robed and turbaned Ayatollahs.

On May 1, 2006, it would seem the “Law” of Sharia is holding and will hold in the parliament of the new Iraqi government. It will hold in the streets of 60 percent of the population guarded by the black clad Shia militias grasping their Kalashnikovs in the Mesopotamian heartland of Iraq.

It would seem that on some not-too-distant future anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished”–perhaps May 2007–the modern crusaders could find themselves besieged in their “castle” US Embassy, or 14 castle bases across Iraq. Not only are their armoured patrols beset on one side of the mean streets by a Sunni insurgency but attacked on the other side by a new insurgency supported by Iraq’s majority Arab Shias.

The future is beginning to sound similar to Tennyson’s poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade: Sunni Wahabis to the left of them, Shias to the right of them, fighting for a radical version of “the Law”-Allah.

The Shia fighters harbor a view of militant Sharia law born in the first modern Islamic revolution back in 1979, among Shi’ite Persians in neighboring Iran.

The Inception of John Hogue’s Controversial Interpretation that Ayatollahs are the key to the next Great Middle Eastern War.

Twenty years ago this May, I released my first book, “Nostradamus and the Millennium.” In brief, the book proposed that Nostradamus’ visions of “black ones” or a land of “two rivers” that is “black in aspect” called “Mesopotamia” describe modern-day Iraq, which the Tigris and Euphrates traverse. I interpreted the general tenor of these prophecies to be about an escalation and spread of Iranian Islamic radicalism from Iran first to Iraq. Other prophecies describe its spread across the Middle East from there. Ayatollah Khomeini, resplendent in his severe black robes and turban and his similarly grim clad clerics are the source. At the time I conceived the interpretation (1986) Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was fighting a war he recklessly started with Iran six years before. It appeared that over a million of Khomeini’s Iranian jihadists would soon overrun his entrenched armies with human wave offensives. I concluded wrongly that Khomeini’s black robed Iranian Ayatollahs would soon occupy Basra and then spread their revolution to Egypt, Syria and perhaps end in a confrontation with Israel.

It often happens when one studies prophecy that an interpretation is basically correct or on track but the timing of the sequence of events and the exact identity of the catalysts can be off. For example, you can correctly predict, as I did in 1986, that Saddam Hussein would fall and be replaced by Ayatollahs, but be wrong about the year–even the decade. A Shia takeover of Iraq did not happen in 1988 but it looks like it will happen in 2006, because Shia Ayatollahs dictate politics to the new Iraqi government at present. The new Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki has close ties to and receives aid from the Islamic revolutionary government of Ayatollahs running Iran.

I was not factually right when I said Ayatollah Khomeini himself would occupy Iraq, but in essence I was not wrong. He was the catalyst, but it now appears that his successor, Ayatollah Khamenei, evoking his spirit, will be the one to spread radical Shia beliefs west into Iraq. Indeed he “has” infected them! The elections in Iraq have given the country over to the Shia majority. The itinery of destiny seems set. The acts or the ineffectualness of an intolerant Shia dominated government could break the tentative Iraqi union with Kurdish and Sunni minorities. The resulting civil war would break up Iraq. The country then becomes a base of operations for Shia militias “and” Sunni al-Qaeda insurgencies infiltrated west into Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Is this not already happening?

Is there not a widely popular, radical Islamic party in Egypt now openly poised to defy the appointed successor of President Mubarak? Did not the Lebanese elections of last year also bring Hizbullah into a powerful position in their parliament? Is not Hamas now in charge of the Palestinian Authority government?

The land of “Mesopotamia” as Nostradamus described it in his prophecies has not only become “black in aspect” from clouds of burning Kuwaiti oil fields during the Gulf War of 1991. It is “black” in clouds of burning oil right now from pipe lines blown up almost daily by Iraqi insurgents during the current US occupation of Iraq. It grows black in aspect in the Mesopotamian heartland of Shia dominated southern Iraq with a host of black clad Shia militias dominating the streets. It is “black” in the aspect of veils and shadors in a new dress code for women, invoked by a severe interpretation of Sharia law. It forces ladies of a once secular Iraq to walk the streets covered head to toe in black.

It would seem that my 20-year old interpretation has life again. Perhaps even fulfillment at hand. The fire of a radical Islamic revolution is spreading slowly out of Iran. Could a US attack on Iran start a stampede westward?

The verses of Nostradamus become rapidly clear as events in the present meet the future. Century 4, Quatrain 67 says:

In the year when Saturn and Mars are equally fiery,
The air is very dry, a long comet:
From hidden fires a great place burns with heat,
Little rain, hot wind, wars and raids.

This is that year! Mars (symbolic God of War) joins Saturn (symbolic God of Karmic comeupance) in the fire sign Leo from 4 June through 22 July. This is the first of two time windows for war this year. The “air is very dry” because of the droughts of global warming, and because it is a war unleashed in the brutal summer months of the Mideast. “Hidden fires” is often a metaphor Nostradamus uses to hint at future nuclear fires, “hidden” plagues of radiation, nuclear reactors. Perhaps as soon as this summer, the “hidden” fires will soon burn in Iranian underground nuclear factories destroyed by US and/or Israeli combined air strikes. Perhaps the “long comet” is the prophet’s 16th-century metaphor for combined US and Israeli air strikes on Iran or one of thousands of Iranian Shahab regional ballistic missiles that will plunge in retaliation on US bases in the Middle East and Israel.

Bellicose actions when Mars and Saturn are equally fiery the summer of 2006 may give birth to a new kind of world war under the skies desiccated and globally warming. Air strikes on Iran may instigate a long and lingering counterstroke, a war of terrorist “raids” and counter “raids” that Nostradamus elsewhere in his prophecies says will last from 25 to 27 years.

As I said a little earlier, there is more than one astrological time window to consider. Nostradamus’ meaning for “equally fiery” can also be deciphered as Saturn and Mars transiting two different fire signs in the zodiac at the same time.

I tend to support the first possibility (two planets passing through one fire sign) because of other clues in the prophecy. If my hunch is correct then air strikes on Iran are coming as soon as June 2006 or as late as August 2006 because an event presaged by an astrological configuration often takes place shortly after the configuration has passed.

One thing I am sure of. Bush (in his mind) is going to war with Iran and he still possesses ample psychological capital to pull it off. That capital is our inability to think that he and his cabinet are “that” stupid.

He at least is that stupid.

He aims to widen his disastrous war in Iraq with air strikes on Iran although he has exhausted his political capital even with many leaders of his Republican Party and his popularity in American polls has tanked. He will strain a stressed economy and stretch an already overextended military with a widening war.

Gas is approaching $4 a gallon in America. Air strikes on Iran will see Ayatollah Khamenei and his dark lackey, President Ahmedinejad, blockade the Strait of Hormuz to oil exports by sea, close the spigot on pipelines to the West by land. Bush will go to war with them, even though their ability to make nuclear weapons is ten years off, and the price of oil per barrel will soar beyond $100 because of conflict. Bush will go to war and cripple the US economy and if push comes to shove perhaps China, a sympathetic economic ally of Iran, will exert economic pressure as a weapon against the US for the first time.

Soon after Bush’s air strikes, he may fulfill the following scenario, according to an updated version of my 20-year old interpretation of Nostradamus: a million insurgents will move west from Iran into Iraq. The plague of militant Islam will spread from there to Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. Iranian regional ballistic missiles will bomb American bases in the Gulf states of Bahrain, Qatar, the U.A.E. and in Iraq. A swarm of Iranian ship-to-ship and surface-to-ship supersonic Sunburn missiles will ambush US naval ships in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. (“Sunburn” sounds like a missile that is “equally fiery” too.) Some US ships will be hit. Some even sunk. In Iraq the human tide of Iranian insurgents crossing into the urban jungles of Iraq will besiege US occupation forces. Militias in the Shia dominated south will cut their lines of supply and communication to ports in the gulf. US troops will have to fight their way through to re-supply. In this widening disaster, US forces could begin losing as many killed and wounded each week as they lost in three years of Iraqi occupation–an untenable military situation unless there is a massive buildup of more assets.

Believe it, Bush is stupid enough to trigger a new Middle Eastern war to rival all those that preceded it. He is an Armageddonist Christian, no less out of touch with higher Christian values than Islamist Armageddonists, such as Usama bin Laden, Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian President Ahmedinejad are perversely out of tune with the higher values of Islam.

This nightmare about to fall on us envisioned by these creatures of doomsday, can be averted if the American people say “stop!” The American people can whip both their Democratic and Republican legislators into action with their voices, their letters and emails. Remind the members of the US House of Representatives and the Senate that they have the constitutional power to sanction the president from rushing to war.

Such a protest from within America and from abroad may stay Bush’s hand this summer. But do not relax your awareness.

Look again to Saturn and Mars being “equally fiery” at the same time in two different fire signs from December 2006 through January 2007. On 7 December, Mars enters the fire sign of Sagittarius while Saturn continues its slow burning move through Leo. It leaves Sag. on 17 January 2007. If the mid-term elections are a political disaster for the Bush administration, and Democrats gain a slight majority in the House and perhaps even in the Senate, that would mean Bush has only until the end of January 2007 to ram his grand neo-can agenda through. He can take down at least two members of the “Axis of Evil” (Iraq and Iran) before he loses Congress to the fuss and feathered Donkeycrats.

This bellicose aspect of Saturn and Mars coincides with the last chance a lame duck president has to launch air strikes on Iran before a new and Democrat dominated Congress can block it.

It is up to the American people to say it loud and clear to a “lame” Congress which ducks its constitutional responsibilities. Demand your legislators stop the president from dragging the nation deeper into ruinous war. Put the fear of God into your representatives in Washington–or better, put the fear of the president’s rush to Armageddon into them.

There is time to negotiate a positive outcome to the US-Iran crisis and make this 20th anniversary of my apocalyptic interpretation of Nostradamus forever wrong.

John Hogue
(01 May 2006)

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