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I, like many people, have been watching with interest the growing levels of protest and discontent that have been spreading in the Middle East.  The uprisings that began in Tunisia have been like kindling spreading like wildfire into Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, and Libya.  It is, in many ways, a frightening thing to see, but the human cost of the protests, particularly in autocratic states like Libya and Iran, is truly tragic.

The Middle East has always been something of a powder keg.  The stability of the region never seems to settle into any kind of comfortable pattern.  There is near constant conflict between sects, states, and ideologies.  And this is hardly a new phenomenon, Richard and Saladin fought many of these same battles in the time of the Crusades.  The region seems to be a magnet for conflict.

How can such a small region, in the grand scheme of things, have so much pain, war, and hate attached to it?  One doesn’t have to look very far, the lands of the Arabian peninsula seem  to be custom designed to concentrate conflict.

First off, the greatest cause of human conflict exists in the Middle East in perhaps its most concentrated form.  I speak, of course, of religion.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not denouncing any particular faith or religion in general.  However, more blood has been shed in the supposed name of God, by whatever name you know him, than in service to any other cause known to man.  The Middle East is a major focal point of this specifically because of the regions religious significance.  Three of the world’s most widespread faith (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) call these lands holy.  Sites such as Jerusalem are constantly fought over because of this significance.

One need look no further than the conflict over the Temple Mount to understand just how ugly these things can get.

But, as if the religious issues were not enough, there is also the oil.  One of the most important and precious substances of the modern world and the largest quantities of it are found in perhaps the most troubled region of the world.  No one can make any kind of move in the region politically or militarily without someone screaming that it is all about the oil.  The world economy runs on it, the Middle East sits on top of the lion’s share of it.  This makes for a tricky political environment, but also gives the region a huge means with which to blackmail the rest of the world should they choose to do so.  War for oil is not only not far-fetched it is also a daily reality of the region.

And, now we see uprisings in the nation’s of the Middle East. Like I said before, a frightening development in terms of potential violence and economic backlash.

Even more so if you have ever looked at the writings of Nostradamus.  Nostradamus predicted the rising of three “anti-Christs.”  Scholars vary on their interpretation of the prediction, but many believe that Napoleon may have represented the first.  The general consensus among most is that Adolf Hitler represented the second.  The third is yet to come.  However, Nostradamus speaks of him rising out of the Middle East and speaks of him as a man in a “blue turban.”

Now, I know I can tend toward being a bit superstitious.  And, I know that, as many have pointed out, Nostradamus, much like many religious texts, can be made to say just about anything given the right context and interpretation.  But, if you read the quatrains and look at history his predictions have an eerie ring of truth to them. So, I watch for signs from them the same way I watch for signs from Revelations.

Call me a nut if you will, but if I start seeing a man in a blue turban on the news it may be time to batten down the hatches a bit.

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One Comment

  1. You’ve presented your thoughts in a great manner and I’m really thankful about that.


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