EXTRA-EXTRA-NOSTRADAMUS: OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPHECIES FOR THE END OF THE WORLD AND A SKETCHY YET SERIOUS LOOK AT SYRIA OVER THE PAST 65 YEARS
‘… another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself…. Power will be given him to desolate the whole earth for forty-two months’ Origen
Is the widely-prophesied End of the World (featuring a global war fought-out over the Middle East) a brooding debt that has now come due for settlement?
For nearly a century now in the supposedly free Western World the sheer scale of destructive social engineering beggars belief and the pure physical destructiveness vented around the lower-tech world by the higher has known virtually no bounds. (It seems a 1996 paper authored by seven US commissioned officers was entitled “Weather As A Force Multiplier: Owning The Weather in 2025”! The madding rush to all-in doom by witless weaponization is on!) The warmongering nature of the Twenty First Century and up till today has become delineated not by military marshalls but by mainstream media moguls and shadowy propaganda comptrollers all of whom delight in unnerving their unwary public with approaching doom scenarios. But what if doom really is approaching? There are multiple references on this website to Revelation, the last book of the New Testament (which might otherwise have served well as a transitional tome from the last book of the Old Testament to the first book of the New) and they need appear mainly because the End Time prophecies of Nostradame weave in and out of this deep and broad prophetic work whilst not concurring with it entirely. (Given the clerical censorship necessary to achieve publication of the Nostradamus Centuries in Sixteenth Century Catholic France this gap is quite notable in itself, really.)
Whilst ending with a chronological table of many serious events affecting modern-day Syria over the last 65 years – commencing after the creation of the Arab Socialist Baath Party in 1947 – this webpage will kick-off, slightly haphazardly, by quoting various translations of end-times prophecies attributed to the following sources:
Caesarius Heisterbach of Prüm
St. Catald of Taranto
St Thomas Aquinas
St. Nicholas of Flüe
Bernadine Von Busto
St. Nilus of Sora
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Blind Young Man from Prague
Fr. Jerome Votin
St. Ephrem of Syria
Excerpts from Jeremiah 49
Excerpts from Isaiah 17
Origenes Adamantius (Origen)
St. Ambrose the first Bishop of Milan (d.397)
‘The Antichrist will be preceded with the emblem of the Scythe and the Hammer” and “Antichrist will attempt to prove from scripture that he is the Christ.’
Yet another essay at establishing the identity of a faux christ. (Certainly there were plenty of Judean claimants and counter-claimants way before the Church of Rome became established.) This one links somehow to a representation of the Hammer & Sickle. Or is this Astrology at play? The Scythe could well mean the symbol for Saturn and Thor’s Hammer is an aspected pattern formed by a 90° or square aspect plus 2 sesiquadrate or 135° (90°+ 45°) aspects interconnected. This could easily encompass some general tension over how to handle a critical matter as alleviated by someone so skilled as to assuage all prevalent doubts.
CAESARIUS HEISTERBACH OF PRUM (d.1240)
Was that famous Nostradamus pronoun ‘Hister’ (it appears in the quatrains II 24, IV 68 and V 29 and some of the Prefaces also) intended to represent the eponymous river known also as the Danube or else the odius ober führer Adolf Hitler or even the Cistercian monastery at Heisterbach?
Noble-born Caesarius Heisterbach of Prüm who first achieved Abbothood at Prüm and then reinvented hisself as a modest monk at Heisterbach, has warned us us that
‘The twentieth century will bring death and destruction, apostasy from the Church, discord in families, cities and governments; it will be the century of three great wars with intervals of a few decades. They will become ever more devastating and bloody and will lay in ruins not only Germany, but finally all countries of East and West.”
and also gave us a global herald to look out for in his ‘Dialogus magnus visionum atque miraculorum’:
‘Many and terrible signs will appear in the sky, the sun will darken and will show itself bloody-red. One will be able to see two moons at the same time for four hours … surrounded by amazing things.’
and a big clue
‘… the provinces shall be succoured by a prince who had been exiled in his youth, and who shall recover the crown of the lilies …’
‘This prince shall extend his dominion over the entire universe. At the same time there will be a Great Pope, who will be the most eminent in sanctity and most perfect in every quality. This Pope shall have with him the Great Monarch, a most virtuous man, who shall be a scion of the holy race of the French kings. This Great Monarch will assist the Pope in the reformation of the whole earth. Many princes and nations that are living in error and impiety shall be converted, and an admirable peace shall reign among men during many years because the wrath of God shall be appeased through repentance, penance and good works. There will be one common law, one only faith, one baptism, one religion. All nations shall recognize the Holy See of Rome, and shall pay homage to the Pope. But after some considerable time fervor shall cool, iniquity shall abound, and moral corruption shall become worse than ever, which shall bring upon mankind the last and worst persecution of Antichrist and the end of the world.’
This writer is not to be confused with St. Cesaire, d.543, Archbishop of Arles, diocese of Gaul and Spain, (and whose sister was also called Caesarius).
St. CATALD OF TARANTO (Cataldus of Tarantum, Seventh Century) is just one out of of several who have prophesied along the lines that
‘The Great Monarch … a King of the House of Lily … He will at length lay down his crown in Jerusalem.’
(Also see the sections on Caesarius Heisterbach and Hildegard)
1522’s ‘Mirabilis liber’ or ‘Livre Magnifique’ formed a collation by ‘past prophets’ – a nun and a sybil are amongst a varied selection that includes Cataldus and the magical, mythical Merlin. This work has been quoted by sceptical Nostradamus researcher Peter Le Mesurier as a definitive source for a certain prophet of boundless cunning who has mislead the world. Although this last descriptive phrase fits exactly to the professional sceptic’s attitude to Nostradamus, actually I’ve lifted it from the words of a thwarted American General of the Vietnam-American War who addressed it to President Ho Chi Minh, his thwarter.
(I am not a political person but I once found myself in the company of elderly Vietnamese cadres who had worked with President Ho. Everytime he was mentioned their eyes moistened and lit up with emotion. I had never before seen a combined display quite as convincingly spontaneous as that. It fits to descriptions of the true Apostles remembering their beloved Jesus. At the time I could not imagine that any politician was worthy of such adoration but I cannot dispute what I saw, I just point-up the fact that different people can recall the same person in completely contrasting ways.)
Another common prophetic theme is that the world will be feeling temporarily at peace when the first signs of the End Time Apocalypse start to appear:
St. Thomas Aquinas (born a Neapolitan, died 1274)
‘Although men be terrified by the signs appearing about the judgment day, yet before those signs begin to appear the wicked will think themselves to be in peace and security after the death of Antichrist and before the coming of Christ, seeing that the world is not at once destroyed as they thought hitherto.’
The Antichrist’s strange powers ‘will not be real miracles because they will be done by the power of natural causes’, so by performance of advanced conjuring tricks or by some Hidden Science, or both, I should suppose.
A further theme that appears in both the Bible and the ‘Opera Nostradamus’ is that a power of the South will come into conflict with a power of the North.
Hepidanus (d.1088) was a Swiss monk who foresaw a sort of global civil war:
‘From North to South, the world will be split into two mighty hosts. The North will march against the South, the son against the father, and bring misfortune with him across the mountains as the night follows the day… A gloomy cloud will appear, and a terrible tempest will come forth from this cloud. It will consume a third of mankind still living then. And it will destroy a third of all the crops, villages and cities, and there will be a great misery and lamentation. “A mighty empire will vanish thereafter and another will take its place. From the East blows a storm, from the West a hurricane howls; woe to those who come into the sphere of this bloody whirlpool. Thrones a thousand years old will fall from the height … between the Rhine, the Elbe, and the Danube there will be a vast morgue, and a landscape of vultures and ravens … When a sign of fire will appear in the heavens, the time will have come close for these days to engulf humanity … but the date, when this sign will flash across the heavens, no mortal will know.’
Then there’s that small matter of recurring warnings of grand conflagration followed by global flood:
BEROSUS was a Third Century BC astrologer and historian who collated/translated a lengthy account of Babylonian history into the Greek including the Chaldean account of the Flood known as ‘Gilgamesh’. Scaliger once promoted a dubious etymology of his name, claiming it to mean Son of Hosea (a Minor Prophet of the OT). Berosus warns us that
‘All terrestrial life and limb shall be consumed by fire during a planetary alignment in … (previously presumed to be July 2001AD) … The fire will be followed by a great flood in October when the same planets are conjoined in Capricorn.’
St. Nicholas of Flüe the respected Patron Saint of Switzerland, d.1487, foresaw this happening:
‘An unhappy time is coming of revolt and dissension in the church. Oh my children, do not let yourselves be lead astray by innovations. Rally and hold fast. Stay on the same raod, the same foot paths as your fathers trod. Preserve and maintain what they have taught you. It will be enough if you resist the attacks, the tempests, the hurricanes that will arise which such violence.The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.’
BERNADINE VON BUSTO (d.1490)
‘At the time when Antichrist is about twenty years old, most of the world will have lost the faith. Antichrist will be descended from the tribe of Dan. The people at that time will be very corrupt. He will preach to the people while flying through the air. Many fervent priests and religious in the wilderness and desert will be miraculously sustained by God. Some of them will travel about to encourage the Christians to remain firm in the faith till death. When a pious Christian is pleading to God for help before a crucifix in his room, Satan will disturb him in his prayers and confuse him. He will cause a voice to come from the crucifix saying: “Why do you call on Me, as if I can help you? I am not God nor the Saviour of the world, but a sorcerer, an instigator and deceiver of the people, for I was a false prophet and as a consequence I am damned to everlasting hell fire. Therefore, call on me no more, lest by calling on me you increase the pain that I must suffer in Hell. Through the power of Almighty God, whose gospel is now preached throughout the world, I am urged and compelled to tell you the truth and reveal to you that I am not the son of God, but rather the greatest sorcerer the world has ever had, and hence for all eternity I must suffer the severest pains without hope of redemption”. Also the pictures of the Mother of God at times will speak when someone will be praying before them: “Cease your supplications. I am not the Mother of God. I have no power with God. I am only a miserable creature. You should take refuge with the true Brother of the Most High, whose teachings are being taught to you today.”
‘It will be the same with the pictures of the Saints. That it is the devil who speaks from the crucifixes and pictures but few will perceive, on the contrary, many will run excitedly to the apostles of Antichrist to accept the new religion. By order of these apostles they will trample on the crucifix and holy pictures and break them into pieces When a mother has her infant in her arms or puts it in the cradle, in a clear and distinct voice it will begin to speak, acknowledging the deity of Antichrist and urging the mother to leave Christ and turn to Antichrist. The child will reproach the parents, that they, in spite of the many miracles of Antichrist, still persist in their wickedness and obstinacy. Oh how much anguish will those parents have to bear! Yet many Christians will remember that this was all foretold of Antichrist for centuries past and perceive the fraud of Satan and refuse to be deceived. They will stand firm and enlighten the faint-hearted and console them.’
If the following was truly penned by that fashionable prophet ST. NILUS OF SORA , born Nil Maikov or else Nil Sorsky in 443, who supposedly wrote ‘Plight of the World and the Church during the Twentieth Century’ then he was surely inspired:
‘After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognizable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, people’s minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonour and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable.
‘People’s appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair. These people will be cruel and will be like wild animals because of the temptations of the Antichrist. There will be no respect for parents and elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the left. At this time the morals and traditions of Christians and the Church will change. People will abandon modesty, and dissipation will reign. Falsehood and greed will attain great proportions, and woe to those who pile up treasures. Lust, adultery, homosexuality, secret deeds and murder will rule in society.
‘At that future time, due to the power of such great crimes and licentiousness, people will be deprived of the grace of the Holy Spirit, which they received in Holy Baptism and equally of remorse. The Churches of God will be deprived of God-fearing and pious pastors, and woe to the Christians in the world at that time; they will completely lose their faith because they will lack the opportunity of seeing the light of knowledge from anyone at all. Then they will separate themselves out of the world in Holy refuges in search of lightening their spiritual sufferings, but everywhere they will meet obstacles and constraints.
‘And all this will result from the fact that the Antichrist wants to be Lord over everything and become the ruler of the whole universe, and he will produce miracles and fantastic signs. He will also give depraved wisdom to an unhappy man so that he will discover a way by which one man can carry on a conversation with another from one end of the earth to the other.
‘At that time men will also fly through the air like birds and descend to the bottom of the sea like fish. And when they have achieved all this, these unhappy people spend their lives in comfort without knowing, poor souls, that it is deceit of the Antichrist.
‘And, the impious one! — he will so complete science with vanity that it will go off the right path and lead people to lose faith in the existence of God in three hypostases.
‘Then the All-good God will see the downfall of the human race and will shorten the days for the sake of those few who are being saved, because the enemy wants to lead even the chosen into temptation, if that is possible … then the sword of chastisement will suddenly appear and kill the perverter and his servants.’
In this last paragraph the sainted Nilus choses to invest his dramatically modern-day content with some vestment of bible scripture plus a bayonet twist.
On the other hand St. Hildegard (d.1179) wrote directly from her visions, like Michel Nostredame,
‘The time is coming when princes and people will renounce the authority of the Pope. Individual countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided. Church property will be secularized. Priests will be persecuted. After the birth of Anti-Christ heretics will preach their false doctrines undisturbed, resulting in Christians having doubts about their holy Catholic faith.
‘Toward the end of the world, mankind will be purified through sufferings. This will be true especially of the clergy, who will be robbed of all property …. When the clergy has adopted a simple manner of living, conditions will improve.
‘A powerful wind will rise in the North carrying heavy fog and the densest dust/darkness by divine command and it will fill their throats and eyes so they will cease their savagery and be stricken with a great fear. So after that there will be so few men left that seven women will fight for one man, that they will say to the man: ‘marry me to take the disgrace from me,’ for in those days it will be a disgrace for a woman to be without child, as it was by the Jews in the Old Testament.
‘Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.
‘(at the) great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed. All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God.’
The following line from Hildegard is yet another prophecy that either fits well to or perhaps had provoked one of Nostredame’s otherwise God-inspired imaginings;
‘Peace will return to the world when the white flower again takes possession of the throne of France.’
Did Hildegard foresee the same ‘Great Monarch’ as we may find in ‘Nostradamus’? Michel’s EPISTLE TO THE KING is ambiguous as to whether it addresses a born King of France or else one who posseses the breadth of vision of a true king and yet is not a worldly king at all.
Hildegard’s vision, as voiced here by her, holds unswervingly to her Church:
‘During this period of peace, people will be forbidden to carry weapons, and iron will be used only for making agricultural implements and tools. Also during this period, the land will be very productive, and many Jews, heathens, and heretics will join the Church’.
Personal weaponry was a building block of the revolutionary ‘States of America’. Should we interpret this forbidding of weapons as applying to police and the armed forces also, the Vatican’s Swiss Guards included? Or will there be no such armed institutions?
It seems that the time is productive for the Catholic Church. (Or else will the high productivity factor of the land – supposing she means only the cultivated land – be due to advances in branded chemicals and a legal exclusion of all but GMO crops, to the detriment of healthy eating, as some say is wickedly planned for us all?)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has this forecast,
‘A period of natural convulsions during which a large portion of the human race will perish. Earthquakes of great severity, enormous tidal waves would seem to be the agents. War appears only in the early stages and appears to be a signal for the crisis to follow. The crisis will come in an instant. The destruction and dislocation of civilized life will be beyond belief. There will be a short period of chaos followed by some reconstruction; the total period of upheavals will be roughly three years. The chief centres of disturbance will be the Eastern Mediterranean basin, where not less than five countries will entirely disappear. Also in the Atlantic there will be a rise of land which will be a cause of those waves which will bring about great disasters upon the Americans, the Irish and Western European shore, involving all of the low-lying British coasts. There are indicated further great upheavals in the southern Pacific and in the Japanese region. Mankind can be saved by returning to its spiritual values.’
THE BLIND YOUNG MAN FROM PRAGUE (Fourteenth Century)
‘A new war will break out, this will be the shortest. The people will destroy the world and the world will destroy the people. The revenge comes from across the large water. From across the large water the war will come, and the iron horses will destroy the lands of Bohemia. It does not last longer than one needs to say “Amen”. The wild hunt roars over the earth. The deathbirds cry in the sky. O you powerful and enormous, you will be smaller than the poor shepherd.’
Merlin Ambrosius the Twelfth Century Welsh Wizard,
‘saith that in England shall be seen strange things, as preaching of traitors, great rain and wind, great hunger among the common people, great oppression of blood, great imprisonment of many men and great battle; so that there shall be few or no quiet place to abide in; the Prince shall forsake men of the church, Lords shall forsake righteousness, counsel of the aged shall not be set by; religious men and women shall be thrust out of their houses; the common people for fear shall not know which way to turn; parents shall be hated by their children, men of worship shall have no reverence of others; adultery shall abound among all; with more ill than I can tell of, from which God us defend.’
This last lengthy sentence was handed down to us via the ‘Sunday Prophecies of Merlin, Becket, and Others’, published London, 1652.
Authors down the ages have tried to extract ‘the one Merlin’ from the Merlin mythology with attempts verging from inventive neo-pseudo-quasi history (Merlin the Royal Counsellor) to hyper-histrionics (Merlin the Wild Man of the Woods). This major attempt at long-term Welsh-grown prophecy by faction-writer Geoffrey of Monmouth (pre-dating both the supposedly homely English Northerner Mother Shipton and the worldly continental traveller Michel de Nostradame) is convincing although tedious after a few good pages. (Perhaps that is the litmus test for flaky fortune-telling as opposed to perfect prophecy.) He probably spun the name Merlin out of the noun ‘Myrdidd’ which means filth, mud or a filthy muddy old track as well as meaning ‘the Way’ (much like Ord in English) and possibly the name ‘Morfyn’ now attributed to Merlin’s father. (Morphine begat Merlin?) The opening of this opus (most regular in rhythm, after the opening paragraph, as if this had once been poetry) stresses the number 7 and mentions famine, grief over lost cities, the forced dissolution of monasteries and monasticism, fishes transformed into serpents (shades of ancient Egypt and Mesapotamia here) plus unpottable water, the seas instantly rising up, the dust of the dead reconstructing as their selves, all aspects of the Church becoming visibly powdered, the ‘Severn sea’ discharging itself uncharacteristically and fishes broiled naturally if rather unexpectedly.
Generally he goes further than Nostradame does and seems more quirkily parochial and anti-foreigner, as most islanders are sometimes. (The Welsh Britons had a social background of prophecies claiming that the local Celts would revive to encourage them to eject the upstart Angle, Saxon, Viking, Roman and Norman invaders who successively encroached upon their homeland.) Using paragraphs of far greater expansion than the tight quatrains of the Centuries he still sounds a little like Nostradamus. He wrote that the entrenched and encroaching “cult of religion” will be removed completely,
‘and the ruin of the churches shall be clear for all to see. The race that is oppressed shall prevail in the end, for it will resist the savagery of the invaders.’
The latter idea is seemingly detached from the former unless the whole implies the displacement of an ethnic religion by the invader’s religion. Clearly religion is not just belief in a supernatural being or else all religions would be much the same. Every religion is a definite culture club. As such it is at odds both with other beliefs originating in other cultures and with those spiritually enlightened individuals who somehow know God by inexplicable encounter rather than believe in His existence from within the strictures of a doctrinal congregation.
Fr. Jerome Votin (d.1420)
‘Woe! yes, thousand times woe, to the people who rebelled against all authority, and abolished the laws; they pulled up from the root the source of their prosperity; they tore to pieces the Lily but the Eagle shall seize upon them; it shall catch and destroy its prey, said the Spirit.
‘The earth shall be deluged with the blood of its inhabitants. Her children, armed with iron, shall perish by the sword. Her innumerable calamities, says the Lord, shall not appease my wrath. My right hand shall be lifted up against the people; the power that will oppress them shall be my instrument of indignation against them, and against other nations. This is what the Spirit says.
‘Some time after four centuries the altars of Beelzebub shall be destroyed. The workers of iniquity shall be punished and shall perish; the heavenly dew shall fall upon the desolated earth, and over the Church afflicted. A son of royal blood shall he born from the race of Artois. He shall govern France with prudence and with honour; the spirit of God will be with him; the Spirit said so.’
St. Ephrem of Syria (d.373 AD) churchman and writer, born in Mesopotamia:
‘… the enemy, having learnt that again shall the Lord come from heaven in the glory of His divinity, thus bethought him to assume the form of His coming and beguile all men. So in very truth shall he be born of a defiled woman, his instrument. In the form of Him shall come the all-polluted, as a wily thief to beguile all beings. Humble and gentle, hating the speech of the unjust, overturning all idols, honoring piety, a good lover of the poor, exceedingly fair, altogether well disposed, pleasant towards all. To conciliate all he plots craftily that he may be loved soon by the peoples; neither gifts shall he accept, nor speak in anger. He shows himself not sullen, but ever cheerful. And in all these well-planned schemes he beguileth the world so long as he shall rule.”
The prophecies of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 would need to be realized prior to the anticipated Second Coming of Jesus as the bible posts its judgments either before or after the ‘millennial kingdom’ and some modern-day happenings, especially the dirty politics surrounding Syria, are giving cause to scriptural reflection.
These following two texts are from Young’s Literal Translation Bible and seem to recount, in parallel visions, the total destruction of Damascus, that most ancient and civilized city which was even mentioned in the very first Book of the Bible, Genesis:
Jeremiah, 49 (Jeremiah died 570 B.C.)
Concerning the sons of Ammon (Jordan) thus said Jehovah: Sons – hath Israel none? heir – hath he none? Wherefore hath Malcam possessed Gad? (Gad was a soldierly Tribe of Israel. Malcam and Gad were descendants of Adam and Eve and Semitic gods.) And his people in its cities have dwelt?
(The name Israel first appeared at the end of the Twelfth Century BC as an pharaoh-ic inscription reading “Israel is laid waste and his seed is not”. However, the Hebrew bible seems to pursue it as a portmanteau of ‘to prevail over’ together with ‘the God’.)
2 Therefore, lo, days are coming, An affirmation of Jehovah, And I have sounded unto Rabbah (Amman) of the sons of Ammon a shout of battle, And it hath been for a heap – a desolation, And her daughters with fire are burnt, And Israel hath succeeded its heirs, Said hath Jehovah.
3 4 5 6 7 Concerning Edom (now Jordan): `Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Is wisdom no more in Teman? (Yemen) Perished hath counsel from the intelligent? Vanished hath their wisdom?
8 Flee, turn, go deep to dwell, ye inhabitants of Dedan (an oasis kingdom of significance to the bible prophecy of ‘Gog and Magog’), For the calamity of Esau (father of the Edomites) I brought in upon him, The time I inspected him.
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 For, lo, little I have made thee among nations, Despised among men.
16 Thy terribleness hath lifted thee up, The pride of thy heart, O dweller in clefts of the rock, Holding the high place of the height, For thou makest high as an eagle thy nest, From thence I bring thee down, An affirmation of Jehovah.
17 18 19 20 21 From the noise of their fall hath the earth shaken, The cry – at the sea of Suph (the Reed or Red Sea) is its voice heard.
22 Lo, as an eagle he cometh up, and flieth, And he spreadeth his wings over Bozrah (in Edom/in Jordan), And the heart of the mighty of Edom hath been in that day, As the heart of a distressed woman!’
23 Concerning Damascus (Aram-Damascus, now in Syria): Ashamed hath been Hamath (a Bible land and city bounding Israel, referenced in Jeremiah 39.5 and Ezekiel 47.16) and Arpad (nearby Aleppo in Syria), For an evil report they have heard, They have been melted, in the sea be sorrow, To be quiet it is not able.
24 Feeble hath been Damascus, She turned to flee, and fear strengthened her, Distress and pangs have seized her, as a travailing woman.
25 How is it not left – the city of praise, The city of my joy!
26 Therefore fall do her young men in her broad places, And all the men of war are cut off in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.
27 And I have kindled a fire against the wall of Damascus, And it consumed palaces of Ben-Hadad!’ (palaces of the Syrian Kings)
The burden of Damascus. Lo, Damascus is taken away from be a city, And it hath been a heap – a ruin.
2 Forsaken are the cities of Aroer (probably an ancient town in Jordan, quite far from Damascus, although Hebrew ‘aroer’ can means ruins, general destitution or else stripped vegetation), For droves they are, and they have lain down, And there is none troubling.
3 And ceased hath the fortress from Ephraim (a grandfather of Joshua the leader of the invasion of Canaan), And the kingdom from Damascus, And the remnant of Aram (the region of Aram Damascus, the land between two rivers) are as the honour of the sons of Israel, The affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts!
4 And it hath come to pass, in that day, Wax poor doth the honour of Jacob, And the fatness of his flesh doth wax lean.
5 And it hath come to pass, As the gathering by the reaper of the standing corn, And his arm the ears reapeth, And it hath come to pass, As the gathering of the ears in the valley of Rephaim,
(In Hebrew, Rephaim either means the beneficent dead ancestors in the Underworld, cut off from God, or it is the plural of ‘rephaite’, giants. Deuteronomy 3:11, “for only Og king of Bashan had been left of the remnant of the Rephaim; lo, his bedstead be a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the sons of Ammon? nine cubits its length, and four cubits its breadth by the cubit of a man”.)
6 7 8 910 1112 Wo to the multitude of many peoples, As the sounding of seas they sound; And to the wasting of nations, As the wasting of mighty waters they are wasted.
13 Nations as the wasting of many waters are wasted, And He hath pushed against it, And it hath fled afar off, And been pursued as chaff of hills before wind, And as a rolling thing before a hurricane.
14 At even-time, lo, terror, before morning it is not, This be the portion of our spoilers, And the lot of our plunderers!
Isaiah lived in Judah in the Eighth Century BC and this sounds like the Assyrian wipe-out of the Damascans around 732 BC although the physical city itself then remained basically intact. The prophecy may even have been made subsequent to 732, it has been argued, so making it a ‘retrospective prophecy’, otherwise one that is unfulfilled as yet. Recent events are certainly unfolding dramatically including explosive talk of weapons of mass destruction.
Finally from Origenes Adamantius a.k.a. Origen of Alexandria who died during the Decian persecutions circa 250AD:
‘When the close of the times draws nigh, a great prophet shall be sent from God to turn men to the knowledge of God, and he shall receive the power of doing wonderful things. Wherever men shall not hear him, he will shut up the heavens, and cause it to withhold its rains; he will turn their water into blood; and torment them with thirst and hunger; and if any one shall endeavor to injure him fire shall come forth out of his mouth, and shall burn that man.
‘By these prodigies and powers he shall turn many to the worship of God; and when his works shall be accomplished, another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself….
‘But that king will not only disgrace himself, but will also be a prophet of lies; and he will constitute and call himself God; and power will be given him to do signs and wonders, by the sight of which he may entice men to adore him. He will command fire to come down from Heaven, and the sun to stand and leave its course, and an image to speak, and these things shall be done at his words – by which miracles many even of the wise shall be enticed by him.
‘Then he will attempt to destroy the temple of God, and persecute the righteous people; and there will be distress and tribulation, such as there never has been from the beginning of the world. Power will be given him to desolate the whole earth for forty-two months. That will be the time in which righteousness will be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline be preserved.
Are all these collected prophecies no more than some antique cocktail bar of ancient shelf ingredients sufficiently diluted and well-mixed, in variety, then shaken out by professional humbugs of the day? Umbrella on a stick, anyone? Well, let’s look at this presently damned World and its sorry Signs just in case they may not be so farfetched after all. At this moment it is Syria that seems the most likely location to incandesce and yet both Near and Far Asia are smouldering and even the fairly stable yet pivotal Turkey is steadily increasing as a potential strategic bonfire for clandestine forces, this potential being kindled by many outside parties though sparked by none as yet.
Clearly not every threat to world peace is in the form of a State. The Kurds and Hezbollah are stateless in a real sense yet well-organized and weaponed-up whilst a nuclear State like tiny Israel is centered yet has countless loyal supporters in capitals all over the globe including in key positions in Washington. (Yet all the capital cities of those dual-nationalists have Israeli nuclear warheads aimed at them, I must suppose.) Then there are mighty multinational corporations that are usually, but not always, standing in the political shadows. And the East’s one or two Confucian States have, like universal Catholicism, global surveillance systems of substance that are already long in place.
It’s not been tended by our schoolboards that Africa has enough landmass to store together all the area of China, India, the USA, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the whole of Eastern Europe AT THE SAME TIME and still have room to tuck into its unfilled pockets the entire ground of Switzerland, Japan and several other sovereign island states.
Likewise the fact that the US State of Texas is said to be big enough to give every person on Earth a piece of usable ground to live on. Even overcrowded Britain is practically empty for 90% of its ground area in that this is owned and managed by a tiny elite, the great bulk of Great Britons being marginalized and cramped by the Industrial Revolution.
Wither the post-industrial nations? Don’t be hoodwinked by the highly politicized UN Agenda 21 controls that have seeped down into the ‘Little Boxes’ mentality in local governments and is aimed ultimately at increasing that elite 90% by super-subtle skullduggery. Skullduggery like Pol Pot dug skulls? It’s possible that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
The British establishment have already started advocating softer rules on ‘mercy killing’ – see theNOSTRADAMUS QUATRAIN IX 11: DEATH SPEEDS UP and the post 2012/01/05/happy-new-freedom on the website http://nostradamondo.wordpress.com
In complete contrast to Eire, which is possibly the most stable society officially located in Europe, or the similary sound Newfoundland, officially in Canada but for which there is little internal information forthcoming, there are 30 African countries that stand out as tinderboxes likely to ignite at any time. Some, like the warlord-smitten land of Somalia (“a Somali pirate without a weapon is a fisherman”) are basket cases (“a Somali fisherman with a weapon is a pirate”). The deeply troubled yet richly resourced Congo has even witnessed the first UN army to land boots on the offensive.
Despite many commercial friendships with China that have stabilized somewhat the enormous continent of Africa, including providing needed infrastructure to such as Kenya, the US somehow sees their best commercial advantage in simply knocking each place into submission to the wills and ways of the American Alliance and then granting its friends the rebuilding contracts. Why not just give some business people at these ‘revolving-door’ corporations this big money for free and so cut-out the middle-warmongerer? Well in effect the Federal Reserve are doing that as well, and globally too, but excess wealth – or power or sex – is never enough for some folks and that’s called a dis-eased mind!
Then there’s a raft of about 40 unsettling ‘semi-settled’ states such as Myanmar, North Korea and Eritrea. Then again there are some seemingly long-settled states wherein deep historical grudges could still break through one day as the social controls inevitably become slackened-off. (Coup-ridden and subverted Syria for a start. Then there’s yesterday’s Yugoslavia, emergent Egypt, lacerated Libya and invalidated Iraq too. Not to mention raddled Chechnya and all around.)
Energy is, of course, essential. The major oil resources of the world are presently estimated as being those of
1) Saudi Arabia
The major users of oil are industrialized China, the USA (especially the oil-dependent US military) and Russia all of whom are much further down on this list of exploitable resources held in reserve by countries of the world – though all of the following are still well above the weighted average:
Actually, getting on for half of all the nations are sitting pretty on oil with a grand estimate of almost 1,350,000,000,000 barrels more or less available from the planet. (As sourced from the CIA World Factbook for 2005 and probably still a reasonable estimate allowing for newly-revealed deposits offsetting the withdrawals although shale oil requires higher oil prices for extraction to make sense to big oil’s biggest purse-holders.)
Back when BP was the corporate game in LondonTown the British Navy was obliged to changeover to oil-fired enginerooms by decree, as it were, whilst British Railways incurred an enormous debt on their transformation from steam to oil traction which has never been recouped. (Simultaneously a French engineer had developed a superb steam engine which used a fraction of the coal and made correspondingly less black smoke for the same measure of power. Who knew?)
Today though, a shale or kerogen discovery is the new buzz (excepting with the MSM, that is). A new find in Australia seems six times bigger than the Bakken fields. It contains the equivalent of the Canada tar sands and the oil fields of Iran, Iraq and Venezuela added together. Potentially there’s as much as two years worth of total global supply. Extra expenses of extraction and processing, when that happens, may be used to modify the coming reductions in the oil prices that must follw upon massively increased supply. This is all bad news for the Saudis among others.
The majority of wars are supposedly over mineral extraction rights. Wake up and smell the sulphur!
What follows is not necessarily the truth of the matter as gunpowder treason and plot have a habit of muddying the river of time. Syria is a case in point. Whatever you or I have been taught about Syria is just that; preached propaganda. The truth is tangled and tenuous, necessarily incomplete in the telling. Even so, most things in life are the product of their histories and Christianity and Islam and Judaism have a forerunner in the oldest Hebrew scripture which had used in turn the religious language of Canaan, a language actually founded upon a religion whose single words and even individual letters encapsulated deeply ancient beliefs and myths. A large part of the Western world has traditional thought-processes so accustomed or entrenched in human brains yet which stem from long ago in Northern Syria and that may depend for their rectitude upon a continuing sense of their deep-rooted authority. Damascus is one of the longest-occupied cities in existence anywhere in the world. Aleppo, also. What if our thoughts should unravel as Syria is undone? Who would gain – acquisitively or strategically – and at what cost to our preciously acquired social guidelines that have illuminated and furbished the West’s common sense of humanity for centuries?
When the oil first started to flow in the Middle East it cost about $5 a barrel to extract. It’s not so different now, allowing for inflation. The rest is pursuit of profit. Threatening or starting a war so as to push up, incidentally, the price of oil beyond its normal supply-and-demand levels is not a new development.
Here’s Origen on Syria, one more time:
‘… another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself ….’
I’m neither a pro historian nor a Syria ‘expert’ but here’s a sketchy yet serious summary of the last 65 years of a hugely long-lived nation:
Feb 23rd 1966 the brothers take part in a coup to bring the regionalists into power. The special security force play an active role. The subsequent counter-coup collapses under threat of air attack against the prime protagonists.
June 5th 1967 sees a major air attack by Israel being the opening to their victorious Six Day War. It pre-empted a perceived ground attack by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria. Israel seizes Jerusalem, the West Bank in Judea/Samaria, the Syrian Golan Heights and much of the Gaza Strip. Israel is covering three times its former area and now has over one million Palestinians under its occupation. In Syria the ruling regime is severely weakened allowing room for Hafez al-Assad to plot his way to near-absolute power.
Nov 13th 1970 a ‘non-violent’ coup involving arrests and the special security force sees Hafez installed, becoming both Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence.
Mar 12th 1971 Hafez al-Assad is elected President for the first of his string of 7-year terms. He controls the secular Baath Party, the armed forces and the security forces. His brother’s force then becomes an elite unit of around 20,000 men independent of the Army and set to at least double its personnel and become a sizeable private army. Assad nepotism expands to include family command of other parts of the armed forces.
Wherever social dissent is monitored, social dissent is controlled.
1973 the Constitution gets secularized. Sunni Moslems – the majority of the population – stage riots in Hama and Homs.
Oct 6th 1973 Egypt and Syria catch Israel by surprise, attacking on two fronts. Less than three weeks later hostlities have ended with Israel back on top.
Spring 1975 the long-lasting Lebanese Civil War has set in. Lebanon’s coast and Beirut had been the Riviera-style playground of the Middle East’s rich with an expressly sheltered Maronite Christian leadership left in place by the departed French.
By 1976 Palestinian militias and Syrian forces were separately occupying large areas of Lebanon. Other parts housed many Moslems with a Moslem Brotherhood involvement. Syria had facilitated a massacre of Palestinians causing parts of the Arab world to turn against Syria. Israeli artillery tried by day to defend a surrounded Maronite village which fell by night to the PLO. In early ’76 Syria intervened against the Lebanese National Movement. In late ’76 Syria agreed to play a part in the Arab Deterrent Force maintaining a large number of their troops in Lebanon for peacekeeping. The Civil War and the ADF faded away somewhat leaving Syria in control.
Jun 16th 1979 Alawite cadets at the SyrianMilitaryAcademy are gunned down by Sunni militants of the Moslem Brotherhood.
July 7th 1980 Membership of the MB must be renounced in writing under threat of execution. Following earlier attempts on the President’s life up to a thousand MB members had been shot dead in their prison cells as a reprisal. Hafez starts to stress allegiance to Iran after the Islamic Revolution which had spurred Muslims to riot in turn at Syria’s Hama, Homs and Aleppo.
A massive war between Iraq and Iran. Syria sides with Iran (who sponsor the Shia militants in Lebanon known as Hezbollah.)
Lebanon gets exploited by the brother of Hafez who also uses his Syrian security force to open Latakia as his own freeport, becoming a billionaire in the process.
Sep 14th 1982 Bashir Gemayel, the Maronite Christian President of Lebanon, is assassinated. Syria is implicated. In June, Israel had invaded Lebanon and struck at the Syrian army there.
Oct 23rd 1983 the HQ of USA and France in Lebanon is bombed with Hafez being personally implicated. Hafez is then hospitalized by a heart attack. His brother Rifaat positions several armed units around Damascus in preparation for a challenge to his power but they are faced-down by the regular army and withdraw. By 1986 Rifaat and his company of bodyguards are in permanent exile until the death of his mother in 1992 and for periods after that.
Aug 2nd 1990 The Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm incepts. Iraq driven from Kuwait by multinational consentium led by America. Syria contributes. It ceases on February 28th 1991.
Oct 30th 1991 Syria participates in the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference.
Jan 12th 1994 Bashar al-Assad called back from medical studies in the UK when his older brother dies in a car crash. He will be made an Army Colonel and take responsibility for political relations between Syria and Lebanon. That November, 600 political prisoners are released.
Jun 10th 2000 Hafez dies: Bashar succeeds as President and Commander-in-Chief. His father’s very rich brother Rifaat, who later becomes a vocal political critic of Bashar, is warned-off attending the funeral. The Moslem Brotherhood have already resumed political activity in Syria.
May 5th 2001 Pope John Paul II visits Syria which has a sizeable Christian minority. In November the British Prime Minister Blair visits. He fails to convince Assad of a workable definition of ‘terror’ for the ‘War on Terror’ that he came to advance. In May 2002, under the ‘War on Terror’ the US govt effectively adds Syria to the earlier Bush Junior ‘axis of evil’ proclamation and John Bolton lumps them in with Iraq as definitely possessing/acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction. A year later Syria was driven to deny having chemical weapons or aiding fugitives. Twelve months after that, America applied sanctions to Syria to protest its support of Iraqi militants.
Feb 14th 2005 Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese prime minister, dies in an explosion. In Beirut there are anti-Syria protests and tension in Washington with references to the Syrian influence being at work. Syria withdraws their armed forces within weeks. A UN enquiry points the finger at senior Syrian officials who were thought to have threatened the PM. By October the former Syrian head of intelligence in Lebanon is dead, an apparent suicide. Syria is placed in diplomatic isolation by the West until two years later. Rifaat al-Assad, as head of the United National Group advocating reform, announces that he wants to return and take part in ‘saving Syria’.
Summer 2006 Israel bombs Southern Lebanon almost beyond recognition in response to border incidents said to have been engineered by Hezbollah, a recognized political party represented within the Lebanese Parliament.
Sep 12th 2006 A violent attack on the US embassy building in Damascus by a team of four men fails.
Mar 29th 2008 Syria plays host to the Arab League summit at a time of bad relations with Saudi/Egypt. The pro-Western arab states send low-level delegations in protest at Syria’s stance on Lebanon. In September the Syria-France-Turkey-Qatar summit will be hosted in Damascus seeking to promote peace. A deadly explosion on the outskirts of the city is blamed on militant Islamists.
Apr 28th 2008 The US accuses North Korea of having helped Syria to build a secret nuclear reactor at a site bombed by Israel in 2007. (The entry for Jun 9th 2011 expands this further.)
Jan 15th 2011 Robert Ford is posted as US ambassador to Syria, the first in nearly six years. America had designated Syria a state-sponsor of terrorism. The London Guardian runs the line “reappointment of an ambassador in Damascus would help Syria to change some of its foreign policies”. Surrounded by sweet words this appointment nevertheless seems more like a reaction to the severe disruption of the Western-supported government in neighbouring Lebanon. Ford is enduringly famous among fans of US diplomacy for actively getting out there and stirring up factional tensions within host countries. Surely that cannot really be true of the Ambassador?
(See the Nostradamus Quatrains I 21 & II 3 (REVISITED) NEGREPONTE & FRIENDS)
The nomination of Ford had stalled initially but President Obama bypassed the Senate lawmakers, during a recess, and directly appointed Ford among several other new US ambassadors whose nominations had also been blocked effectively. Some US senators objected that an ambassadorial posting would reward Syria for its bad behaviour. Just the opposite, it seems. Ford took up this new post just days after the government in Lebanon collapsed and only weeks before violent riots erupted in Syria. Syria’s fate was now written in the sands and all its people were to be plunged into Hell. “Syria has not met our hopes and expectations”, intoned Hillary Clinton.
Mar 15th 2011 Days of unusual protests commence with Damascus and Deraa where security forces shoot a number of people dead in a crackdown led by Maher Assad’s Republican Guard and violent unrest then spreads nationwide. President Bashar Assad announces on USA TV, “We don’t kill our people … no government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person” as a move to have the UN Security Council officially condemn him falls flat.
Jun 9th 2011 the IAEA in Austria, the official UN nuclear watchdog, votes 17:6 in favour of reporting Syria to the Security Council citing a covert nuclear bomb project plus Syria’s failure to co-operate with IAEA investigators.
A remote military site, Dair Alzour “very likely a nuclear reactor” had been bombed to the foundations by Israel in 2007 and American Intelligence had reported that it was a reactor designed by North Korea to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The IAEA said it should have been revealed by Syria who counter-asserted that it had been merely a disused military base out in the desert. The Security Council got vetoed on these subjects by Russia and China who emphasized the rights of Syria as a sovereign state and highlighted the hypothetical nature of the evidence.
October through December 2011: The ‘Syrian National Council’ of oppositionists is formed in – Turkey. Some countries will encourage others to join in by recognizing this as the true government of Syria. The Arab League votes to suspend Syria from its membership and even to impose sanctions. Syrian Arab Army defectors join the Free Syrian Army, based in Turkey, and attack a military base near Damascus. Government supporters then attack some embassies. Syria agrees to the Arab League sending Arab observers and crowds greeted them in Homs but by early January they will leave again citing the worsening violence.
Suicide bombers strike Damascus. The oppositionists accuse the Syrian government of a false-flag attack although informed commentators mostly blame al-Qaeda terrorism, previously unknown in Syria despite its border with Israel.
Things go from bad to worse throughout 2012. It starts with SNC operative Radwan Ziadeh (who is closely associated with Washington secret service folk and the neocons) acting as the inside party who, representing the oppressed, calls publicly for outside intervention.
(Yes, there always is this one vocal victim who pre-justifies any invasion by inviting it in the strongest terms. I once met Mr. Gap who did this for the oppressed of South Vietnam, asking North Vietnam to invade the South, and then quite to my surprise he and his wife ceremoniously gave me a bouquet of flowers – first presented to them, actually – at a state music morning in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon under hot TV camera lighting.)
Amnesty International (which will later be linked clearly with some big banks including Goldman Sachs who right now have an employee in place as one of its directors) lay serious charges against the Syrian government. Human Rights Watch of New York report that the Syrian government tortures and ill-treats prisoners, enforces disappearances, undertakes extrajudicial executions, targets civilians, arrests citizens without any charge and detains indefinitely without trial using a network of detention centers and an “archipelago of torture centers” (all of which rapidly became legalized official activities in the US, supposedly justified by counter-terrorism and intelligence requirements).
Following his medical training Bashar argues “When a surgeon in an operating room … cuts and cleans and amputates and the wound bleeds … do we not thank him for saving the patient?” Unfortunately he was not addressing an audience of medical students. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the Syrian regime has “lost all legitimacy”. It sure seemed that way as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK then expelled senior Syrian diplomats.
The opposition militias, let off lightly in the international court of common opinion, include Islamist extremists Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) and other jihadists who proceed to attack the financial centres in Syria. Bashar denies this is a civil war stating that the terrible troubles in secular Syria are because of an international plot faciltated by jihadi extremism. A UN ceasefire covering an Islamic holiday is apparently ignored by the Syrian government. A ‘national council for Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces’ to include the Syrian National Council is conspired after in Qatar but it is not officially recognized by the Arab League nor by certain Islamist militias active in Syria. After occasional artillery fire by Syria in the Golan Heights, Israel eventually returns fire. Refugee camps in the other surrounding countries are brimming over with Syrian civilians. As with Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya before this the power of TV is sweeping charitable donations away from more peaceful centres of poverty and towards war damage. The amount given or pledged in support of bandaging-up this latest war round has by now exceeded USD 1.5billion whilst the actual cure remains purely political.
An UNHOLY 2013 threatens a THIRD WORLD WAR:
Jan 6th 2013 A Syrian Presidential Speech, as reported by Reuters in English, includes the excerpts,
“… with whom should we hold a dialogue … Should we speak to gangs recruited abroad that follow the orders of foreigners … a puppet made by the West, which has scripted its lines … We are now in a state of war … to defend the nation.”
Quote: “World events do not occur by accident. They are made to happen, whether it is to do with national issues or commerce; and most of them are staged and managed by those who hold the purse strings.” UK Parliamentarian Denis Healey, Steering Committee regular (and long-term paper-writer) for the Bildeberg Conferences and Author, ‘The Time of My Life’. Believe this, he should know.”
March-April-May 2013 Syrian warplanes bomb the oppositionist ‘rebels’ in the Northern city of Raqqa. US and Britain pledge ‘non-military aid’ to the opposition, portrayed by the MSM of both countries as homegrown political revolutionaries. Britain pushes for lifting of the EU embargo on arms supply. Prime Minister Al-Halqi narrowly escapes death in a bomb attack upon the centre of Damascus. The Rebel National Coalition elects “US-educated technocrat” Ghassan Hitto as ‘interim Prime Minister of Syria’. The Opposition National Coalition chairman Moaz al-Khatib resigns, saying he is tired of manipulation by foreign backers. He is succeeded by George Sabra, leader of the Syrian National Council.
The US and Britain demand investigation into reports that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons in contravention of international law. (Interestingly the International Criminal Court does not treat all country’s citizens politicians or military classes equally and is not universally recognized, it seems the USA in particular and its people generally need never submit to its ‘authority’.)
Syria accuses Israel of repeated aerial attacks seeming like ‘a mild earthquake’ on a military research centre right on the edge of Damascus. The rumour leaks that Israel had targeted an Iranian commander moving weapons of mass destruction over to Lebanon. Syria denies that lorries carrying weapons bound for the Lebanon were hit.
June-July 2013 The formidable Syrian Arab Army and the militarily high-class Hezbollah act together to recapture the strategically important town of Qusair and beyond. Opposition activist commanders complain that arms supplies have run low since the sudden international awareness of prevalent Islamist extremists on their side with a scimitar to sharpen.
The opposition National Coalition replaces Sabra with Saudi-supported Ahmed Jarba displacing his Qatar-supported rival. Ghassan Hitto quits as he cannot seem to form a government in rebel-held territory. There are many semi-independent or completely independent units fighting against the Syrian armed forces.
Jun 23rd 2013 Sunday. A Syrian Catholic priest, Francois Murad aged 49, is one of three men beheaded barbarically with a kitchen knife by al-Nusra jihadist fighters, as confirmed by the Vatican.
Aug 4th 2013 According to Associated Press, and Human Rights Watch a little later, Jihadist-led fighters from five up to twenty oppositionist groups in Syria knocked-out three regime posts then killed around 200 civilians and took hostage another 200 during a house-to-house offensive against more than a dozen pro-government Alawite villages in Latakia province. Almost certainly a crime against humanity. The groups are supported by private donations from the Gulf, it is claimed. These Sunni Moslem extremists are said to view the Alawites as heretics. (President Bashar Assad is an Alawite: his wife is a Sunni Moslem.) The Free Syria Army declined to be associated with the groups involved and complained that al-Qaeda’s unruly foreign legion often attacks them too. Human Rights Watch urged Turkey, the main base for most all foreign opposition groups, to prosecute known offenders and curb the flow of weapons and fighters that freely cross the Syrian border from the Turkish side and back again. They named Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, Suqqor al-Izz, Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State (al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant).
Aug 21st 2013 One year exactly after Obama had announced a CW ‘red line’ to both sides, the ‘Ghouta chemical attack’ followed-on from the Khan al-Assal and Jobar chemical attacks of March and April 2013. UN investigators, invited by the Syrian government, finally arrived in Syria on August 18th after quibbles betweenthe USA and Russia who then hammered out a mandate forbidding the allocation of blame. Now these investigations, including strong suspicions of sarin gas, were overshadowed by Ghouta. The UN now investigate several attack sites only a few kilometres from the base of the inspectors who had arrived at the Assad government’s invitation prior to the Ghouta attack. On August 23rd fighting broke out in Ghouta. Inspectors investigated from August 26th for 5 days. German Intelligence had indicated to Bild am Sonntag that the Syrian President had probably not ordered the attacks personally and that military commanders had repeatedly asked for permission to use CW only to have it repeatedly refused by the palace.
Some early reports had said that the insistent ‘pro-rebel’ vaunting of Sarin use by the government forces was not consistent with observations such as lack of any further contaminations whilst the absence of burns and discolorations were something that had also been noted in the prior Khan al-Assal attack (whereby 16 government soldiers had died) and the weapon Sarin would have been expected to cause a greater number of convulsions. One observer noted that the tragic results could as equally have resulted from riot control agents as from chemical weapons of mass destruction. The ‘Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity’ decide on “a strong circumstantial case that the August 21 chemical incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition and its Saudi and Turkish supporters”. Support for military action against Syria by the Arab League in conjunction with the UN gets opposed by five member states.
The result of the UN investigation in Ghouta was published on September 16th 2013, stating “the environmental, chemical and medical samples, we have collected, provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used … in the Ghouta area of Damascus”.
The usual detective method of assessing means, motivations and criminal/warparty benefits does not work very well with this battle crime. The chemical attack, if that is the correct description, occurred on a day when the wind was blowing from the government-held territory to the opposition-held territory and the US promptly described it as “a desperate effort to push back rebels from several areas in the capital’s densely packed eastern suburbs”. Others say that both sides were at stalemate while it is just as likely that the SAA with Hezbollah’s help had the opposing forces severely demoralized and generally on the run. In recent months Russia had sent a report to the UN which concluded that Sarin had been used in the Khan al-Assal attack made by the opposition. This could have given the oppositionists a clear incentive to stage an attack and blame it on the Syrian government which would then draw America and its allies into the fight. (But possibly they were already there under cover in small numbers.)
Fatality estimates ranged dramatically from 1,729 (the FSA) and 1,429 (the USA) down to 281 (French Intelligence). TV pictures published were disturbing yet showed little external physical damage nor discolouration during horrid foaming at the mouth. Britain was chastened by the Main Stream Media for earlier having sold an (unnamed) active ingredient of Sarin gas to the Syrian government (most probably one or two kinds of flouride, a waste industrial metals product which, in its forms, is regularly placed in drinking water supplies by assorted British and American Public Water Authorities.)
It became impossible to tell which side had dispersed the ‘nerve agent’ or whether it had been a terrible unexpected consequence of weapons movements or perhaps a false flag attack by forces unknown. Several parties concocted satisfying yet mutually incompatible explanations/allegations and there was even a clear rebel confession, widely reported by ‘alternative’ media, that it was all an accident. The world rapidly approached the brink of a third World War as America accepted only one rather unproven explanation and held that its ‘red line’ had been crossed.
An allegation arose that a BBC interview with a British lady doctor attending new massacre victims in Syria (and wearing a medical mask) had been overdubbed and the background sound altered also. There are two ‘clips’ extant, one with the words of the doctor being “ … I’m not really sure, maybe napalm, something similar to that …” and the second substituting the words “chemical weapons”. A former UK Ambassador would later voice, in a measured statement of conviction, that the published video interview formed “Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery, perhaps of the whole interview” and “some of the images in this video begin to be less than convincing on close inspection too.”
The BBC had it withdrawn by Youtube although it had been posted only hours before, claiming copyright infringement but without explaining the discrepancy to their more audio-analytical viewers. In a further interview with the BBC, the same doctor (Rola Hallam, daughter of an SNC council member) criticized the British Parliament’s open vote against supporting further military involvement in Syria alongside America.
Sept 8th 2013 Syrian rebels, including jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda, seize control of the strategically important town of Maalula near Damascus in a battle that leaves 17 rebels dead and more than 100 wounded, the UK’s peculiar Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.
September 2013 UN weapons inspectors conclude that chemical weapons were used in an attack on Damascus in August that killed many people but they are forbidden by the UN excutive (but not by Syria according to the Syrian Ambassador to the UN) to allocate actual responsibility for the attack which doesn’t stop UN representatives from opining that the Assad government probably did it following their in-house discussions with these celebrated peacemakers.
(Also see WATCH OUT WORLD! Pt 3)
Washington had been pushing a war agenda that was not supported by the mass of the common peoples anywhere in the world and then all parties were checkmated by President Putin’s neat and immediate solution.
Sept 16th 2013 the Syrian government announce their intent to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. Syria thought to hold an assortment of about one thousand metric tons of the filth.
Fox News ask President Assad about implementation of the UN’s ‘Chapter Seven Resolution’ which would allow bodies in the UN to use force against acts of non-compliance with any UN directive (as had been repeatedly demanded by the SNC). He replied, “There’s a misunderstanding that we agreed upon this agreement because of the American threat. Actually, if you go back before the G20, before the proposal of this Russian initiative, the American threat wasn’t about handing over the chemical arsenal; it was about attacking Syria in order not to use the arsenal again. So, it’s not about the threat. Syria never obeyed any threat. Actually, we responded to the Russian initiative and to our needs and to our conviction.”
Faeq al-Mir, a member of the SNC and leader of the Syrian People’s Democratic Party (formerly the Syrian Communist Party) is arrested in Syria, betokening a continuing independence of action by the governing regime.
Coincidental with China outstripping the US as the major consumer of foreign oil (Chinese oil imports are being estimated to rise to 9.2 million barrels per day by 2020, representing 70% of their demand) the Saudis let it be known that they will be pulling away from America generally due to displeasure at the lack of an Allied war with Syria and, especially, with Iran their major oil competitors who once ruled over the Gulf in a way that still makes the Gulf states nervous about the continuing close proximity to Persian power. A major aspect of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its concomitantly unsuccessful Nuclear Weapons Free-Zone in the Middle East is Iran’s nuclear agenda. What of the nuclear weapons profile of Saudi Arabia? It seems almost well known in certain circles that they have, so to speak, pre-paid Pakistan for immediate release of a nuclear weapon under extreme circumstances. Rumours circulate of a Saudi-israeli military alliance.
China is the largest creditor of the monetarily free-rolling USA federation and holds around USD1.28 trillion in US Treasury bonds. The Xinhua state news agency of China announces that “Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated.”
In the first week of October 2013 President Assad has embraced the OPCW international chemical weapons inspectors, as Putin smartly suggested, and the world breathes easily again. International inspectors have visited three sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Actual destruction of these, as opposed to local dissassembly of delivery vehicles, will take maybe a year and cost a billion dollars. Directly on cue, the Daily Mail published an artist’s impression of the giant machinery necessary to this end as Norway refused a worried request to destroy the Syrian governments ex-stockpile of chemical weapons in Norwegian territory. Now there is talk of destroying/dumping it at sea instead.
In the last week of October 2013 it seems the Syrian Electronic Army, who virtually disrupted the New York Times and US Stock Exchange on prior occasions, hacked into the official Twitter and Facebook accounts of US President Barak Hussein Obama (known simply as Barry Soetoro by his childhood friends in Indonesia) and posted a link to a 20+ minutes-long video* for a potential 76 million of his Internet followers apparently revealing the seemingly US-backed opposition rebels committing what could amount to terrorism in Syria. They also released other hacked information, apparently in retaliation as “Obama doesn’t have any ethical issues with spying on the world” and they then took it upon themselves to ‘assess his terrorism capabilities’ in a parody of the huge and discredited National Security Agency’s covert acts aimed at non-suspect citizens of the Land of the Free and elsewhere.
* Gone, taken down by Youtube on the same day. “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on shocking and disgusting content.” Well, well. We may only imagine what it is that has shocked some cautious constable of our common sensibilities.
Late October 2013 the ancient Syriac Orthodox town of Sadad, which had developed as a Christian sanctuary in a remote desert, suffers the worst massacre of Syrian Christians to-date and the Western MSM is silently disappointing yet again.
November 1st 2013 Syria meets a target date in the destruction plan for CW’s but then Israel strikes a Russian weapons shipment in the Syrian port city of Latakia. Their have been a fistful of Israeli assaults in this year. Their target this time was the modern Russian-made missile SA-125. The Israeli aircraft flew over Lebanese airspace.
“Assad may decide to again let the Israeli attack slide, particularly when his army has the upper hand on the battlefield inside Syria” The Guardian.
This will incidentally keep up the pressure on whoever constitutes or represents ‘the rebels’ to attend a much-mooted peace conference. (Possibly the SNC itself – which recently failed to bridge the gap beween the Islamist extremists and the Free Syrian Army’s Samil Idriss – will be a fatality of the Islamist Front.)
Meanwhile, terrorists carrying Al Qaeda battle-banners are clearly to be seen passing-by CIA outposts and US/British/French special ops training camps and also passing through the Western-funded refugee camps as they make their way to the Syrian ‘front’, according to the apparently well-informed website landdestroyer.blogspot.com.
The Russian Foreign Minister has commented that the proposed European section of the US missile shield will not be necessary (but Russia plans to move more S-300 missiles to the border of Belarus) in view of the potentially fruitful outcome of the Iran nuclear talks and interim agreement as a result of which Saudi Arabia and Israel, who did not participate, are now seeming furious-to-warlike.
“If the Iran deal is put into practice, the stated reason for the construction of the defense shield will no longer apply” announced Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov from Rome. The stated reason was a nuclear-armed Iran.
Whilst we must remain vigilant that the US is not being sold down the river by some inordinately wealthy yet covert world clique in order to substitute a more totalitarian global ruling power, it looks like the fraudulent US dollar system of non-promissory notes is going to be displaced naturally as the pendulum finally swings far enough towards a different state of financial normality. An overt rejection of American bully tactics overseas is coincident with the realization that all other countries are paying for it; the US economy now being scrutinised as perhaps a broken engine. The ‘sole superpower’ cannot afford its ludicrously excessive powers and is behaving without soul. Some say that it is no longer a fit steward of the world’s reserve currency. Some states have stowed themselves so wholeheartedly into the US corporate hold that they may go down with the ship but more than twenty countries have already slung their swap lines outside of USD including, disturbingly, two major powers within the Eurozone and the UK.
Syria remains outside of any external central banking system. As does Iran. As did Iraq and Libya. Is the threatened Third World War a global bankers’ threat of war?
According to the Voice of Russia website, Semen Bagdasarov, international relations committee, Lower House of the Russian Parliament, has stated that:
“Damascus cannot be blamed, because it is strictly complying with its obligations under the chemical disarmament plan. At the same time, chemical provocations by the opposition are set to go on. The likeliest source of the chemical munitions in rebel hands is the Gaddafi-era chemical stockpiles in Libya. Libyan chemical weapons reach the Syrian rebels by way of Turkey. The Turkish authorities appear to be sometimes unable to control this traffic. Once chemically armed, Syrian rebel groups launch chemical attacks at a time and place of their choosing.”
The chemical attack outside Damascus on August 21st 2013 was greeted by Western media hysteria, now totally subdued. Since then it seems there have been several new instances, largely unreported, of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In Russia both politicians and Syria analysts believe the ‘rebels’ to be the most likely culprits. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of deliberately overlooking the latest chemical attacks. Telling lies in the politically or socially requisite spirit of the moment and then developing event-specific amnesias regarding what has been said but then disproved appears to have spread from the West’s major politicians to the MSM’s news editors. Are they defending renegade forces that have refused even to attend the upcoming Syria peace conference in Geneva?
(Incidentally, all the letters of ‘Semen Bagdasarov, comité des relations internationales’ may be found jumbled in the words of the Nostradamus Quatrain III 97 as may ‘premier ministre Al-Halqi’ and ‘Faeq al-Mir, Parti démocratique du peuple syrien’ – see WATCH OUT WORLD! Pt 3)
Nouuelle loy terre neufue occuper
Vers la Syrie, Iudee, & Palestine:
Le grand empire barbare corruer,
Avant que Phebés son siecle determine.
New Law occupies the terra firma
Springtime in Syria, Judea and Palestine:
The great barbarian empire is to crumble,
Until the Moon* has completed its calculated cycle.
(*or Moon-Sun, as mooted in Watch out World! Pt.2)
What could also threaten the world over the coming years is a cocktail of individually lethal ingredients; global financial collapse, a plague of manufactured ills applied illegally immorally and unhypocratically, a pandemic of children removed outside their family and abused/killed, the unsustainable spread of totalitarian thought processes, accidental neutron streams, incidental radioactive diseases dispersed over whole hemispheres, silent Wi-Fi attacks, DARPA-independent killer robots (Google) weather manipulations and deliberate disruptions (false flag) to mention but a few. Man-made, they can all be reversed or removed.
All the way through history control has been in the hands of very small power-crazed, money-crazed and sex-crazed groups wearing uniform guises. Why should we, the vast majority, competent and humane, allow them to continue on from this doomy juncture with their malcompetent, less-than-human hoodwinking of us?