Posted: August 11 2006 at 05:59 PM
The best guide to the future is the past. Lets look at the past few centuries. Nationalism paved the way for the British,German,and American Empires. The American empire will suffer the same fate as its predecessors, and it's 3 of its 4 powerpoints (technology*,economy*,
millitary*,global appeal) have been deminishing in world scope ever since the end of the cold war.
This is why the U.S. seeks a United Europe(E.U.), and an ever-expanding NATO force throughout regions of special interest. A European Empire that is a brother of America in aspects of ethnic background,religous
beliefs,values and government, is in a better posistion to serve American interests contrast to lets say the emergence of an Arab or Chinese Empire.
The expansion of the Communist Peoples Republic of China,for now it not a threat. U.S. intelligence monitors the Chinese millitary with a close eye, and U.S. official reports claim it will be another 25 years at least before China could ever become a global threat millitarly.
However, because of China's dependence on its exports to America, it is a natural ally of the United States. America could simply just sanction all imports from China as they have done with Cuba, and we would watch the Chinese economy go into a tailspin recession.
The oil-rich nations of Arabia, as gas recent gas prices have shown us,do have the upper hand. The Western economies have become dependent on these sources. Transportation is huge in national success. If goods
don't move, there is no trade, no economy.
Genghis Kahn knew this too well. The conquest of northern chinese strongholds, owe their sucess to cutting off trade routes. Citys of commerce were highly fortified,with thousands of armed warriors.However
they were dependant on nearby agricultural trade routes for food. Kahn would simply cut off the trade routes and watch the city slowly starve over 1-2 months,then attack when many died of starvation and the remaining population/army was too weak to resist.
The imports of oil are crutial to all Western Economies,and the money generated equally as important to the oil-rich nations. The caspian sea/region some experts estimate may have enough fossil fuels to dwarf Saudi Arabia! However billions of dollars would need to be invested to develope the resources. Now the question arises, who stands to gain
from this region?
The independant"stans" of the ex-Soviet Union are too poor to develope these resouces alone, so who? Not the Russians, for the ex-states fear its past imperialsm for such an endeavor. Skipping ahead to who has the
money to develope these resources- American oil companies.
The middle east has never had peace, and Americans have supported,armed and funded Arab dictators who commited attrocities, raged wars,as long as they were in favor of American policy. It's discusting that only
when oil prices hurt the U.S. econmy they find interest in Middle-East Peace and humanitarian efforts.
The United States may have a democratic form of government, but it is runned as a business. Who funds their major political campaigns? Weathly corporations-the same weathly corporations that want to develope the caspian region! The Enron scandle is a prime example of politians campaigns bought and paid for, in exchange for government contracts and policies fashioned to make them rich. Captialism at its finest!
In order for these resources to be developed pipelines are needed to reach Western Markets. Pipelines that have to run through a historically unstable region. The wars of the middle east don't concern America, actually they make money of the arms sales but thats another
story. The most important part is the safety of these pipelines. But why would these oil-rich nations let oil pipelines run through their country at a minimal profit, when they could make large money of their own oil fields? Houston we got a problem!
The fact is most countries of the middle east do not want to do business with America. American and British oil companies have become empires in the business and weathly beyond belief. But look at the state of the middle east. With all their resources they should have a
standard of living amongst the top in the world. But they don't. Their region of the world has been monopolized by the West for too long. Look at the econmic success of India after it became nuclear.
Success in the middle east would mean devostation for American capitalists.
When power becomes cheaper- everything becomes cheaper:
All manufactured products,
Cultivation of Agriculture(Greater Output),
Heating & Lighting Costs,
Without a U.S. middle east presence, we see a greater Middle East standard of living on the horizon. A greater middle east Saddam Hussein envisioned, believing he is the reincarnation of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, wanting to reclaim the glory of the old Babylonian
Kingdom. With Saddam Hussein out of power, the Iranian president seems to have taken his place as the Middle East megalomaniac. As we have learned
from Iraq, one country alone in the middle east cannot take on the United States millitary(or Israel for that matter) might and technology. Perhaps if the Arabs united under one banner, as in the 1967 war where Egypt,Syria, Transjordan,Lebanon,Iraq, supported by others, attacked the newly established State of Israel which they refused to recognize,they could be sucessful.
The United States and Israel always vote for each other in U.N. resoltutions,without exception. Because of this relationship Israel is seen as a hand of America, and as some Anti-Zions claim America is a hand of Israel.
The state of Isreal precludes any conquorers ambitions to an United Arab Empire, and it is the pivotal point that must be destroyed before there could ever been a great arab Empire again such as Babylon. With
the United States munipulating wars and oil, and the religous tention between Islams and Jews, the war isn't eminent, it has already begun.
None of these statements are intended to be anti-semetic in anyway they are facts that can be easily researched.
I wrote this paper fast and this pc didn't have WORD to spell check so please excuse the errors.
- Whisky August,11, 2006.
This is an article by Zecharia Sitchen of Biblical Prophecies.
DO PROPHECIES FORETELL IRAQ’S FUTURE?
The continuing carnage in Iraq is reflected in many readers’ letter to
me. The “Land Between the Rivers” is where civilization began, where
Abraham began his actual and spiritual journey, where the story of Man and his gods began. The questions I am asked are not only about the antiquities that are destroyed, not only about the past, but also about
the future: Is there anything in the biblical prophecies that foretells where it is all leading?
FATE Magazine published a short article of mine on the subject in its October 2005 issue, here are excerpts:
Breaking Apart to Repeat History?
The conflict involves a host of issues – democracy, religious freedom, women’s rights stand out. A core issue that divides the three main religious-political-ethnic groups is the extent of autonomy that each will have – the majority Shiites in the south, the distinct Kurds in the north (both in oil-producing regions) and the minority Sunnis in
the central region (which includes Baghdad but no oil). The concern is that the greater the autonomy, the greater the chances that Iraq will break up into three parts and will no longer be one national state.
Whether such an outcome is desirable or need be prevented at all costs can be argued pro and con. The arguments should not ignore the fact that “Iraq” is an artificial entity created after World War I by Britain and France when they divided the remnants of the Ottoman
(Turkish) empire. How far in history should one go in untangling the ethnic-religious issues? It is a fact that Saddam Hussein saw himself as a reincarnation of the famed Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and
envisioned Iraq as a great New Babylon; and it is a fact, even if little noticed, that the Shiites of southern Iraq intend to call their autonomous region or independent state Sumer!
The Biblical Prophecies
Old Testament Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel – predicted both the sacking of Jerusalem and its Temple by Nebuchadnezzar as well as the subsequent downfall and destruction of Babylon; both prophecies came
true, in 586 B.C. and 539 B.C.
In the New Testament, Babylon and its fate are the main subject of three chapters in the Book of Revelation (“The Apocalypse of St. john”). Those prophecies of wrath against Babylon have posed a problem for both biblical scholars and theologians, since when the Book of Revelation was written, “Babylon” had already long been forsaken and in
ruins for centuries. Most scholars therefore believe that the book was composed after the start of the persecution of Christians in Rome and that “Babylon” was a code word for Rome.
But if one believes that Revelation is indeed a book of prophecies – of events to come – and that it says what it means and means what it says, then “Babylon of the future” is a “code word” for today’s Iraq! And if
so, what Revelation prophecied becomes both intriguing and relevant.
The Merchants of Evil
The future fall of “Babylon,” according to Revelation, will follow and will be hastened by a period of “harlotry,” during which “merchants of
the Earth… have committed fornication with her… and waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (chapter 18:2). Applying this to
current events, one can easily find here an allusion to Iraq’s main
“delicacy” – oil – and the parallel to the “Food for Oil” program of
the United Nations through which “merchants of the Earth,” committing
ethical and business “adultery,” enriched themselves while providing
the Iraqi dictator with funds to stay in power and commit more
But when the judgements were pronounced upon Babylon, “the Mother of
Harlots” with whom “the kings of the Earth have committed fornication,”
those very beneficiaries of the trade abandoned her, stood aside when
the destruction began:
The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her,
shall stand far off for fear of her torment,
weeping and wailing, and saying:
Alas, alas that great city that was clothed in fine linen
and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold…
For in one hour so great riches is come to naught;
And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships,
and as many as trade by sea,
stood far off, and cried when they saw the smoke
and her burning, saying:
Alas, alas that great city… for in one hour is she made desdolate.
The Breakup Into Three Parts
Once the destruction of “Babylon” was so swiftly carried out, the
seventh angel “poured out his vial into the air, and there came a great
voice out of the Temple of Heaven, from the throne, saying: IT IS
And the great city was divided into three parts…
And great Babylon came in remembrance before God
to give unto her the cup of wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Revelation 16:17, 19
As events in Iraq unfold, we will see whether they will follow the
prophetic script to its cataclysmic conclusion.