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The man who saw tomorrow

Nostradamus had predicted it ! That is how many enthusiasts of the 16th century French doctor -- who was said to possess the power to foresee world events -- declare whenever anything happens that is seen to have a major impact on the international scene.

The "true" predictions attributed to him include the French Revolution, the atomic bomb, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and even the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In the Middle Eastern context, when the Shah was toppled and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the supreme leader of Iran in 1979, it was immediately interpreted as yet another Nostradamus prediction coming true. Nostradamus had spoken of "anti-Christs" rising up to challenge the world, and many followed his prophecies and interpreted them in their own way.

Since nothing happened in the way of Khomeini actually engaging the world powers that could have led to their ruin and "end of the world," the next assumption was that it was Saddam Hussein who was destined to start the wheels towards "the day of reckoning" by invading Kuwait in August 1990 and bringing in a formidable US-led military force to evict Iraq from Kuwait seven months later. Again, there was no sign of the superpower disintegrating; if anything, it emerged more powerful than ever.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq and ouster of Saddam from power has no relevance to Nostradamus's predictions, argue those who continue to believe that the doctor, who was born in 1503 and died in 1566, not only employed astrology but also certain "special powers" to foresee the future.

Now speculative attention has been shifted to the US-Iran confrontation.

Courtesy : Gulf Today


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