This is part two of my presentation of excerpted chapters and chapter sections from my 1998 manuscript of Nostradamus and the Final Age. Although most of this is material is now dated, it will still be useful for review purposes in the 2000 manuscript. However, I can see no reason not to share it with the viewer since it is material that is protected by copyright.
MANUSCRIPT 1998 OF NOSTRADAMUS AND THE FINAL AGE
and Appended Predictions (some of these appear in Chapter
7, some in the manuscript's appendix, and still others
did not appear in the manuscript)
1996-98 IN RETROSPECT
The East Africa Bombings (from 1998 MS PowerPoint presentation)
Osama bin Laden's Role in TWA 800 and the Olympic Park Bombing (from Chapters 1 and 6 of my 1998 manuscript, Nostradamus and the Final Age)
Comet Hale-Bopp, the Helsinki Summit,
Chaos in Albania, and the Death of Princess Diana (from Chapter 6 of my 1998
manuscript, Nostradamus and the Final Age)
ASSASSINATION OF SADDAM HUSSEIN: SECOND OPPORTUNITY
Avec le noir Rapax & sanguinaire,
Issu du peaultre de l'inhumain Neron
Emmi deux fleuves main gauche militaire,
Sera murtri par Joine cheuiveron.
With the Rapacious and bloody one,
Issued from the brothel of the inhuman Nero,
Between two rivers, the military on the left hand,
He will be murdered by a Young, bald man.
As I mentioned previously, November 1998 will provide a second window of opportunity for the assassination of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein* if he is not killed around February/March. Nostradamus puts Saddam in the same league as the mad Roman emperor Nero. A secondary meaning exists, however, regarding the first two lines. Saddam may be the "inhuman Nero" and his son Uday "the rapacious and bloody one" who is "issued" from Saddam's "brothel" (Uday's full name is Uday Saddam Hussein). Whether or not this concerns Saddam or Uday, the next numerological vector for this scenario being fulfilled is July 2000 or near the end of the world crisis.
The dictator is assassinated "between two rivers," i.e., Mesopotamia (Iraq). The bald assassin is probably a soldier who will approach from the "left hand," that is, west of the Tigris River near Syria or Jordan. If U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is the "black and angry one" of Quatrain 6.33 who punishes Saddam or Uday militarily for attacking Israel and Jordan, the soldier may come from any country in the world. Alternatively, it is possible that the soldier may belong to the Iraqi or Israeli army.
* Anticipates Operation Desert Fox, launched December 16-19, 1998. It was later reported that Saddam's residence was bombed by sheer luck during the attack. Unfortunately, the Iraqi leader was not at home at the time.
DEATH OF SADDAM IGNITES MAJOR HOLOCAUST
Mabus puis tost alors mourra, viendra,
De gens & bestes une horrible defaite:
Puis tout à coup la vengeance on verra,
Cent, main, soif, faim, quand courra la comete.
Mabus will soon die, then will come
Of people and beasts a horrible destruction:
Then all too suddenly the vengeance is revealed,
A hundred, hand, thirst, hunger, when the comet shall run.
If Mabus is a phonetic, mirror-image of Saddam (discussed in Chapter 1), the assassination of Saddam Hussein will spark off a series of ghastly biological or chemical attacks and biochemical or nuclear counterattacks. If Tel Aviv is targeted by SCUDs carrying biological or chemical warheads, Israel might retaliate with a nuclear strike on Baghdad. Egypt and Iran have biological weapons. Syria, Libya, and Iran have chemical weapons. At the very least, a large part o f the Middle East will be turned into a cemetery. Even worse, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans and British may die from exposure to anthrax or VX smuggled in by international terrorists. At the very worst, if Russia is involved, it could trigger a nuclear nightmare or a slow-burning global war.
The significance of the number 100:
1) There are 100 missiles in Israel's nuclear arsenal.
2) There are 100 suitcase-enclosed nuclear devices "missing" from Russia's nuclear arsenal.
While the end of the current Iraqi regime is desirable, Nostradamus indicates any attempt to kill Saddam will have dire repercussions. Again, if this does not occur in November 1998, the next period of danger is July 2000 or the end of the world crisis (not before 2003 but no later than 2006).
RUSSIA MOVES TO RECLAIM FORMER SOVIET EMPIRE -- NATO RESPONDS
Aupres du Rhine des Montaignes Noriques,
Naistra un grand de gens trop tard venu.
Qui defendra Saurome & Pannoniques,
Qu'on ne sçaura qu'il sera devenu.
Near the Rhine from the Norican Mountains [S. Germany],
Born one great of the people, too tardily come.
He will defend Sarmatia [Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, and Ukraine] and the Pannonians [Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and N. Bosnia],
One will not know what became of him.
After the second Russian Revolution is complete, the new Russian president -- Gennady Zyuganov, Alexander Lebed, or Vladimir Zhirinovsky -- will declare all past agreements with the United States and NATO void. He will seek to reintegrate the former Soviet Union -- by force if necessary. He will also demand that NATO withdraw from Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Hungary. Indeed, the NATO alliance will be accused of attempting to subvert and conquer Russia by its planned expansion into Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic in 1999. "What next?," the Russian leader will ask. "Do they believe we will allow them to overrun Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine as well? We must respect the integrity of NATO while they have spent years mocking the C.I.S.? Nyet! They wish to isolate and conquer Russia, this has always been their plan. We will not allow it!"
Should there be turmoil in the Middle East it will only serve to heighten Russian paranoia concerning the United States and Britain. Anti-Israeli feelings will also intensify if a conflict with Syria breaks out and grows bloodier. Rage will boil over throughout the country if the dreaded "Mabus scenario" plays out.
Russians will demonstrate in the streets against U.S., Israeli, and Western policies in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Demands for Russian military action will be voiced loudly in Parliament. One of the loudest speakers will be Vladimir Zhirinovsky -- whether he is president or not.
NATO will hear the charges, insisting that they are baseless, but knowing its denials will not be believed. According to the base 7 system, Russian tanks will begin rolling into those former Soviet republics which have not voluntarily rejoined Moscow in November 1998. Germany will take on a powerful role as the NATO nation closest to Russia's "near abroad." For the first time since the Second World War, German forces will be deployed in a major conflict. According to this quatrain, the new chancellor of Germany will be instrumental in the NATO defence of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the former Soviet republics of the Baltics, Belarus, Moldavia, and Ukraine. If the Balkan conflict which breaks out in spring 1998 is still in progress or expanded, U.S., British, French, Italian, and Spanish NATO troops will have their hands full, especially if NATO members Greece and Turkey are enemies.
Germany will require the aid of other European nations in its initial defence of the "near abroad": Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Austria. A full-blown war between NATO and Russia will probably continue well into 1999. However, if cooler heads prevail, a major NATO-Russian war in central and eastern Europe might be avoided with the re-annexation of the former Soviet republics by Russia as the better case scenario. If this quatrain does play out, the great German chancellor, in the end, will be reported missing in action.
WAR SPREADS TO HUNGARY: RUSSIA AT WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES OR RUSSIA AT WAR WITH BELARUS?
Par vie & mort changé regne d'Ongrie,
La loi sera plus aspre que service:
Leur grand cité d'urtlemers plaincts & crie,
Castor & Pollux ennemis dans la lice.
Through life and death the rule in Hungary will change,
The law will become more bitter than servitude:
Their great city calls out with pleas and howls,
Castor and Pollux [U.S. and Russia] are enemies in the field.
Several scenarios are possible for line 1. The political system in Hungary will change for the worse, the Balkan conflict will spread to Hungary, or Russia will occupy the country. The Russian occupation of Hungary may serve two purposes: one, the re-annexation of Budapest, and two, a base of operations from which to pour reinforcements into Serbia. In other words, Russia will take Serbia's side in the Balkan conflict. Ethnic cleansing may be indicated in line 3 involving Turkish and Romanian minorities. Hungary may even be at war with Romania over the disputed territory of Transylvania.
U.S. forces have been using Hungary as a staging base for Operation Joint Endeavour since December 1995 and will likely continue to do so, especially if war breaks out in southern Yugoslavia in the spring of 1998. Both U.S. and Russian troops are stationed in eastern Bosnia as peace-enforcers of the Dayton agreement. Now Russian troops begin firing on U.S. SFOR positions while others join up with the Russian regular army pouring into Serbia and Hungary.
Russian tanks roll into Budapest accompanied by helicopter gunships and fighter jets. Moscow will issue a terrifying threat to the NATO alliance: withdraw from Eastern Europe and the Balkans or face Russia's formidable nuclear force. The United States, however, refuses to stand down, matching the dictator's threats with threats of its own. As later quatrains will bear out, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia will remain battlefields long after this initial confrontation.
The key names Castor and Pollux, the twins, appeared earlier regarding the Comet Summit: the March 1997 U.S.-Russian summit in Helsinki, Finland. Now, however, Russia and the U.S. will go to war with each other on the Hungarian battlefield. Moslem terrorists, the governments of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, and the Palestinians, will rejoice watching these two fearsome titans, formerly allies, locked in a deadly conflict -- one which will threaten to turn nuclear. It will seem as though a gift from Allah himself. Then again ...
There is sufficient cause for hope. Although I speculated in Quatrain 2.15 (Chapters 3 and 5) that Castor and Pollux were the United States and Russia, I also suggested that the two twins might represent Russia and Belarus: Big Russia and Little Russia. Boris Yeltsin wished "good sailing" to their "big, common ship" when he met with Alexander Lukashenko on April 2, 1997 only days following the U.S.-Russian Helsinki Summit (Nostradamus' "Castor and Pollux in the ship"). Therefore it is possible that Castor and Pollux being "enemies in the field" indicates that Russia and Belarus, rather than Russia and the U.S., will engage each other in combat at the same time that Hungary falls into turmoil.
COMMENT (3/10/00): Quatrains 3.58 and 2.90.
These quatrains did not play out. NATO expansion into Eastern Europe and the forced re-annexation of the former Soviet republics by Russia were not regional issues during the autumn of 1998. Had Boris Yeltsin been ousted during the political crisis which I correctly predicted would begin in August 1998, there is little doubt that Gennady Zyuganov would have become the new Russian president and attempts to re-integrate the old Soviet Union would have followed. Indeed, most of the animadversions expressed above probably would have occurred. However, the crisis did not go far enough in 1998 for any of these events to happen. As for a potential for war between NATO and Russia over Yugoslavia, this was a major issue in the autumn of 1998 and became an issue once again in the spring of 1999 during Operation Allied Force.
The one part of the above commentary that did occur at the time stipulated was the mass demonstrations by Russians and parliamentarians over proposed NATO air strikes against Serbia, a plan canceled on October 12, 1998, and public outrage over U.S. and British attacks on Iraq in December. Vladimir Zhirinovsky also was one of the loudest voices of protest to be heard during Operation Desert Fox. Nevertheless, all that can be said about the above scenario is that its timing was premature. Most of these events probably will eventually occur.
Regarding Base 7 prediction: Quatrain 2.90, which actually dealt with a NATO-Russian and U.S.-Russian confrontation over Yugoslavia and Hungary, shared the November 1998 vector for the predictions in Quatrain 3.58. The November projection was one month off from the October 1998 crisis which developed between NATO and Russia over plans to launch an air campaign against Serbia.
In 1997, I envisioned some sort of replay in autumn 1998 of the double crisis of 1956: the October Suez Canal crisis and the November Soviet invasion of Hungary. Thus, I surmised a crisis in the Middle East, possibly an Arab-Israeli war, in October 1998 and a NATO-Russian conflict in Hungary and Yugoslavia in November 1998. The crisis in the Middle East did play out in both Israel and Iraq from October through December 1998 and still continues in the Iraqi no-fly zones. However, a war between NATO and Russia over Kosovo was postponed on October 12 when a cease-fire was negotiated between NATO and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic (note I use the word "postponed" not "avoided"). The conflict ultimately was engaged on March 24, 1999.
RUSSIA SEIZES UKRAINE'S BLACK SEA FLEET
Par fraude regne, forces expolier,
La classe obsesse, passages à l'espie:
Deux fainctz amis se viendront rallier,
Esveiller haine de long temps assoupie.
Through fraudulent reign, forces are stripped,
The fleet blockaded, passages for the spy:
Two false friends will come to rally,
Awakening a hatred for a long time dormant.
Ukraine is stripped of its forces by Russia, with promise of protection. These will include the prized Black Sea fleet, blockaded by Turkish warships in the Bosporus Strait and Dardenelles. The two "false" friends are the leaders of the United States and Russia, both forced to "rally" their forces in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The "dormant" hatred which will resurface is the old Cold War hostility that existed previous to the era originated by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 -- a cold dislike which will eventually turn hot.
THE SURRENDER OF CYPRUS
En ce temps là sera frustree Cypres,
De son secours de ceux de mer Egee:
Vieux trucidez, mais par mesles & lyphres
Seduict leur Roy, Royne plus outragee.
At that time Cyprus will be frustrated
Of its assistance by those of the Aegean Sea [Greece]:
The old slaughtered, but by cannons and entreaties
Their King is seduced, the Queen more outraged.
The Greek navy, cut off by Turkish warships moving south from the Bosporus Strait, is unable to aid the island of Cyprus which is being bombarded by Turkish gunships. The attacks are bloody at first, causing many casualties. Then a different, more persuasive tactic is pursued. The Cypriot leader is "seduced," whether literally or metaphorically, perhaps by one who will entreat him to surrender. Apparently his wife will be outraged by his capitulation.
Russia is an ally of Greece and provided Greek Cypriots with a large number of ballistic missiles in 1997.
Therefore, this quatrain may tie in with the previous stanza concerning the seizure of Ukraine's Black Sea fleet and the Turkish blockade of the Bosporus. December 1998 is the appropriate base 7 vector for a Greco-Turkish conflict over the long-disputed island of Cyprus.
ZHIRINOVSKY COMES TO POWER IN RUSSIA
Contre les rouges sectes se banderont,
Feu, eau, fer, corde par paix se minera,
Au point mourir ceux qui machineront
Fors un que monde sur tout ruinera.
Against the reds factions will band together,
Fire, water, weapon, the cord of peace undermined,
At the point of dying are those who conspire,
Save one who above all will ruin the world.
Of the three "reds" who will contend with democratic forces, only one will emerge victorious after Russia's second major revolution of the 20th Century. Line 2 of Quatrain 9.51 adequately describes the violence which will occur during the bloody confrontations. The "cord of peace," the U.S.-Russian alliance -- will be unraveled by the architects of the uprising. During the revolution, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov or former Afghan War general Alexander Lebed will most likely attain the presidency. However, the Russian people as well as some members of parliament, fearful of a conflict with NATO in Eastern Europe that eventually may escalate into a nuclear war, will demand that elections be held. Zyuganov or Lebed may promise upon seizing power that elections will be held in three to four months anyway.
In a surprise move, Liberal Democrat ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky will call for a truce with NATO to attract votes from anxious Russians (see Quatrain 5.94 further on in this chapter). If he does not gain power in this way, he will do so by force in a coup: for in all of Europe, he is the man who is most closest to Hitler in our time. According to Nostradamus, this Russian dictator will bring ruin to the world, making him a likely candidate for "the great King of Terror" who appears later in Quatrain 10.72. His ascent to power, according to the base 7 system of numerology, should occur in December 1998 or March 1999.
COMMENT (9/21/00): It is clear I foresaw the rise of some dictator in Russia occurring by March 1999. The "Vladimir" I had in mind was Zhirinovsky -- a long-standing bias I had had since he first made news by winning parliamentary elections in December 1993. The dictator who actually came to power in August 1999 (six months later than projected) was Vladimir Putin, an unknown, as a prime minister with presidential powers (by this point Yeltsin was clearly no longer in control).
I still believe the scenario of succession described above could happen. Russia remains a prime candidate for a revolution with Putin's popularity sagging with each new disaster -- from the bombing in Moscow to the Kursk to the burning of the Ostankino television station. However, it is possible that, like Gorbachev and the Chernobyl crisis, Putin will weather the storm. If he does, he may remain in power as late as December 2005.
This would make Vladimir Putin the man who will bring the world to the point of ruin -- the "Vladimir" that a Ukrainian man named Josup Terleya received a vision of from the Virgin Mary nearly thirty years ago in a Siberian prison. According to Terleya, Vladimir will lead Russia and all her allies against the nation of Israel in the same manner as the biblical prophet Ezekiel's Gog, Prince of Magog. Indeed, Putin may be Gog himself. However, I can just as easily envision Zhirinovsky fulfilling that role should he be the beneficiary of a revolution.
As for the "cord of peace" between Moscow and Washington -- it has already been unraveled by the US/NATO adventure in Yugoslavia.
RUSSIA CONDEMNS ISRAEL IN THE UNITED NATION SECURITY COUNCIL -- THE U-S. DEFENDS ISRAEL -- PADANIAN REVOLUTION SWEEPS NORTHERN ITALY
A cité neufee pensif pour condemner,
L'oisel de proye au ciel se vient offrir:
Apres victoire à captifs pardonner,
Cremone & Mâtoue grâs maulx aura souffert.
At the new city he will think to condemn,
While the bird of prey [the eagle] to the sky will offer its forces:
After victory, pardon to captives [POWs],
At Cremona and Mantua [northern Italy] great evils will be suffered.
During the cease-fire in Eastern Europe, Vladimir Zhirinovsky will seek to vilify Israel for its nuclear attacks on Syria (the war of Alus: ALAS-sad). If the Mabus scenario follows, and deaths due to biochemical weapons do not spread beyond the Middle East, he will also seek to condemn Israel for a nuclear strike against Iraq. In the absence of a major Arab-Israeli war occurring, a less horrific scenario would have Russia condemning Israel for some military action taken against Palestinians in and around October 1998. If instead of war, peace talks are being pursued between Israel and Syria, this quatrain may apply to a future U.N. condemnation of Libya during a later crisis (see further on).
Although NATO may be a schismatic alliance by this time (especially given the fact that two of its members, Turkey and Greece, may be at war), the United Nations will remain a cohesive, albeit increasingly ineffective, organisation. The periodic cease-fires between Turkey and Iraq over the course of 1998 will doubtlessly be arranged by Secretary General Kofi Annan. The U.N. may or may not be successful in mediating an agreement between Serbia and Albania should a war break out in Kosovo and Macedonia in t he spring of 1998. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council will still be Russia, China, France, Great Britain, and the United States. China will likely support a Russian resolution to punish Israel with air strikes. France's position is uncertain. Britain will side with the U.S. which will threaten to "offer its forces" to "the sky" in the defence of Israel.
Russia's move in the U.N. will be the beginning of Zhirinovsky's plan to stir up the Russian people and much of the world against the Jewish state. His ultimate goal will be the physical destruction of Israel, a Middle East ruled over by his friend Saddam Hussein (or Saddam's son, Uday, should Hussein be killed), and an economic/military alliance between both Russian and Arab empires. He may also hope to make Iran a partner in his ambitions as well; but this will, in the end, prove to be a fatal mistake.
Line 3 suggests that another Middle East war will arise from the machinations of Russia and Iraq, but that prisoners-of-war will be pardoned. However, the identity of the captives and those who pardon them is not clear.
Line 4 may be a "stinger": a peek a year or so ahead to North African attacks on northern Italy. An alternative scenario suggests that the "evils" suffered at Cremona and Mantua may indicate the beginnings of a civil revolt which will sweep northern Italy throughout the provinces of Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Tuscany, Emilia, and Venetia.
The bloodshed predicted here just south of Milan may be the work of the Northern League, a separatist fascist group currently led by one Umberto Bossi, which seeks secession from the Italian government and the establishment of an independent republic named Padania. The actions taken by "the Green Shirts," as they call themselves, are eerily reminiscent of Mussolini's Black Shirts. It is not improbable that they will seek to distance themselves from the Italian government's support of Greece in the new Balkans conflict and a continued NATO presence in Venetia and forge closer tie s with the French, the Swiss, and the affluent northern European nations.
MAJOR SEISMIC EVENTS INCREASE IN FREQUENCY
Edgar Cayce (1934) --
Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the East coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the West coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of these will be among those d estroyed before New York, even. Portions of the now East coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear.
The Earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the East coast of America. There will be upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas. (This second Cayce paragraph appears here for discussion purposes only, it does not apply to 1999 events).
The Wambach-Snow experiments (early 1980s) --
Subjects reported a large earthquake in Los Angeles or San Francisco in March 1998 which they were convinced was "the big one." Relieved the dreaded event was over, they began to clean up, rebuild, and get on with their lives. However, another "superquake" followed in May which utterly devastated the west coast of the United States, turning parts of California into islands, submerging Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah. Salt Lake City was reported to be an island. Afterwards, they described a gathering darkness which obscured much of the sunlight for well over a year.
According to Edgar Cayce a number of cataclysmic earth changes will occur between 1998 and 2001. He also indicated more changes and disasters would continue over the course of the first half of the 21st Century. Aside from El Niño, I suspect a smattering of powerful earthquakes in Asia and the Balkans, with perhaps some Pinatubo-type volcanic activity thrown in may be all that is in store for 1998. Despite the hypnotic-induced visions experienced by the Wambach-Snow subjects, including Chet Snow himself, I believe some subconscious bias regarding Edgar Cayce's predictions caused Mr. Snow and the rest to believe the catastrophic scenario presented above would occur in 1998. Cayce never predicted that all these major global changes would occur in one year he merely said that 1998 would be the beginning.
In many ways what these subjects experienced was a collage of events occurring in adjacent years, but not necessarily during the years they were alleged to be participating in. Some subjects claimed to witness a Russian invasion of Hungary and Yugoslavia in March 1998; others, like Chet Snow, saw the event occurring in November or December 1998. Some witnessed three days of darkness; others many months.
For 1996, respondents described the winner of the U.S. presidential elections as an older man with grey hair and large, prominent ears: a good artist's sketch of Ross Perot. Ross, however, not only didn't win; he didn't even come close. Mr. Perot had a great deal more television exposure and higher chances of winning the presidency in 1992 than he did in 1996. Perhaps the subjects confused 1992 for 1996? The period between Labor day and Christmas 1997 was described as normal and reasonably carefree, nothing unusual. Yet this was a time of great mourning following the tragic death of Princess Diana. Heightened tensions, preparation for war with Iraq, and fears of biological weapons were reported nightly throughout November and portions of December (only to reappear again in January/February 1998). Despite reports of war between Russia and the U.S., only four out of hundreds of subjects reported being killed during a nuclear attack.
From a numerological standpoint, the greatest number of past major earthquakes worldwide, as well as in the western U.S., align with 1999 and 2000 rather than 1998 (Alaska, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Egypt, Turkey, and India are some of these). The cataclysmic Tunguska Event of 1908 (the small asteroid which exploded over Siberia) also lines up perfectly with 1999. Cayce's prediction for a "universal" earthquake described in the second paragraph of his prophecy above will not occur until 2000. Each of the seismic, volcanic, and deluging events prophesied by Nostradamus for our near future will appear in what I believe to be the appropriate time-slots.
MASSIVE EARTHSHOCK JOLTS LOS ANGELES -- CATACLYSMIC ERUPTION OF MOUNT ETNA
Ennosigee feu du centre de terre,
Fera trembler au tour de cité neufe:
Deux grand rochiers long têps ferôt la guerre,
Puis Arethusa rougira nouveau fleuve.
Earthshaking fire from the centre of the earth
Will cause the towers of the new city to tremble:
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
Then Arethusa will redden a new river.
This quatrain appears to link a tremendous earthshock within a major U.S. metropolitan area -- possibly San Francisco or Los Angeles -- with a volcanic eruption which will dwarf Krakatoa in magnitude. In Greek mythology, Arethusa was a maiden enamoured by the river-god Alpheus. The goddess Artemis turned her into a fountain, then later an underground river, to protect her from his unwanted advances. In the coastal Sicilian city of Syracuse (Siracusa) stands the famous fountain of Arethusa, named after the legendary maiden. An eruption of nearby Mount Etna may be indicated in line 4, with rivers of molten lava flowing through the streets of Siracusa inundating the base of the fountain itself. The two great warring rocks may refer to Judeo-Christianity and Islam or even Russia and the United States. The likeliest vectors, from a base 7 system standpoint, are March 1999, January 2001, or October 2003.
COMMENT (9/22/00): In the summer of 1998 the March 1999 vector was revised to June 1999. This change was reflected last year on the End of the 20th Century: 1999 page. On October 16, 1999, Los Angeles was rocked by a 7.1 earthquake -- the strongest quake in California since Northridge in 1994. Miraculously, the quake caused little damage and no casualties.. Had it been located a bit further to the west, the effects on Los Angeles would have been catastrophic. A new fault was created by the temblor that created a fissure 25 miles in length.
We now await the January 2001 vector.
FIGHTING BREAKS OUT BETWEEN
CROATS AND MOSLEMS IN BIHAC
Conflict Barbare en la Cornere noire:
Sang espandu trembler le d'Almatie,
Grand Ismaël mettra son promontoire,
Ranes tremble secours Lusitanie.
Barbarian conflict in the black Corner [Bihac]:
Bloodshed, Dalmatia [coastal Croatia] trembles,
Great Ishmael [the Arab nation] makes his promontory,
Frogs [the French] tremble, Lusitania [Portugal] assists.
It appears that a Croat-Moslem war will break out over the control of Bihac, the formerly turbulent corner of Bosnia-Herzegovina which was the scene of perpetual conflict in 1994 and 1995. Bosnian Moslems will shell Dubrovnik and other coastal Croatian towns in much the same fashion as the Serbs of Krajina and western Bosnia did in 1995. According to my numerological calculations this is most likely to occur in April 1999. It is possible that it will take that long before the Balkan conflict which may begin in Kosovo and Macedonia in 1998 will spread to Bosnia. Then again, the civil war in southern Yugoslavia may burn out long before the end of 1998. If so, this will be yet another spontaneous breakout of hostilities and either the third or fourth civil war in the former Yugoslavia since 1991.
From Nostradamus' 16th-century, European perspective, any non-Christian, especially someone of the Moslem faith, was considered a "barbarian." It was a fairly broad category that could be applied to Africans, Arabs, and non-Arab Asians. It was also used to denote European Moslems in Bosnia, Albania, and Turkey, as well as the gypsies of Hungary and Romania who migrated from Armenia and Azerbaijan, and even extended to Slavs and other ethnic groups in Russia and anywhere else in what is now the former Soviet Union. Thus, the "barbarians" in line 1, at the very least, could be a mixture of Bosnian Moslems and Albanian and Turkish partisans.
Eventually, as indicated in lines 3 and 4, a united Arab army will be formed to help the Bosnian Moslems in their war against Croatia and the Bosnian Croats. That aspect of this quatrain will be discussed later.
COMMENT (12/7/00): This demonstrates the folly that can occur when one infuses his or her own personal predictions with a Nostradamian bias. The prophet of Provence does indeed foresee a time when a holy war by Arab and non-Arab Moslem states (such as Iran) will be waged in Bosnia and Croatia. However, the great Balkans war that would begin in April 1999 (March 24, 1999, to be exact) was the NATO air campaign in Yugoslavia.
GREECE AND TURKEY AT WAR -- EARTHQUAKES IN THE BALKANS
Simon Alexander (1979)
In the late 1970s, this British psychic predicted that Greece would become a major European troublespot sometime between the late 1980s and the end of the 20th Century.
Dans plusiers nuicts la terre tremblera:
Sur le printemps deux effors suite:
Corinthe, Ephese aux deux mers nagera,
Guerre s'esmeut par deux vaillans de luite.
For several nights the earth will tremble:
In the spring, two efforts in succession:
Corinth [Greece] and Ephesus [Turkey] swim in two seas,
War stirred up by two valiant in combat.
If Nostradamus did foresee a war between Greece and Turkey during a time of tremendous earthquake activity, this is the closest he ever gets to describing it. If not for the mention of the earthquakes, this quatrain could well be applied to the Balkan conflicts of 1912-13. The likely cause of a new Greco-Turkish conflict would be a civil war breaking out in southern Yugoslavia, especially one involving Macedonia. Macedonian and Serb aggression against ethnic Turks and Albanians could pit the two NATO allies against each other. This may also be a continuation of the confrontation begun between both countries over the capture of Cyprus by the Turks in December 1998.
On the other hand, this quatrain does not absolutely establish that Greece and Turkey are adversaries. It is not impossible that both are patrolling the "two seas" as NATO allies against the Arab coalition in the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean.
This prophecy is not dated astrologically. The only numerological vectors for a Greco-Turkish conflict in the near future are December 1998 and August 2002. If fighting were to break out in December 1998 between Athens and Ankara, one might expect to see this quatrain fulfilled during Spring 1999.
If 2.52 does apply to a Greco-Turkish conflict arising out of a civil war breaking out in Yugoslavia sometime between April 1998 and April 1999, it appears that tremendous earthquake activity will also take place over the course of several nights sometime during the spring of 1999. The "two efforts in succession" either suggests that two powerful earthquakes or two major offencives will occur at that time. I suspect most of the earthquake activity will occur throughout the Balkans region. If these seismic events are unusually powerful they may mark the early stage of the period of horrendous natural cataclysms predicted by the American prophet Edgar Cayce for 1998 - 2001.
Alternatively, the "two efforts" may apply to two spring offensives: one in the Balkans and the other in the Pacific (see following quatrain). We cannot be sure just who the deux vaillans are who stir up war: Greece and Turkey, Albania and Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, North and South Korea, or, in a worse-case scenario, Russia and the United States. The two seas in which the Greek and Turkish navies are engaged are presumably the Aegean and the Adriatic. In the event of a wider Balkan conflict involving Bulgaria, one of the two seas patrolled by Turkey could be the Black Sea.
COMMENT (12/7/00): It is indeed eerie that a portion of this assessment did come to pass. Two major earthquakes did plague the Balkans back-to-back in 1999.
Not long after writing the above section, I uncovered a base 7 vector that revealed two massive quakes would strike Turkey and Greece in March and May 1999. As it turned out, my prediction was off by several months. In August, Turkey was struck by a major temblor followed by another in Greece in September. After the Izmut quake, I warned of a second major earthshock that would strike Turkey. I expected it in a matter of weeks, but it wasn't until November 1999 that it occurred.
The question that remains is was Quatrain 2.52 fulfilled in 1999? Again, note that in my commentary I indicate that the deux vaillans might be Russia and the United States. The "two efforts in succession" could be the two earthquakes portended in line 1 or the two great wars of 1999: the US-led NATO war in Yugoslavia and the Russian war in Chechnya. At the time of the second war, Turkey and Greece were reeling from major earthshocks ("swimming in two seas"). Portions of Greece, in fact, were inundated from the Athens earthquake. The last line repeats the the theme of the NATO and Russian wars.
A possible error in what has been a long-held interpretation of this quatrain may be the idea that the deux vaillans go to war with each other. Line 4 does not necessarily impune this scenario. It simply says that "war [is] stirred up" by two great powers. This is exactly what happened in 1999. Both the United States and Russia stirred up their own independent wars -- in Yugoslavia and Chechnya -- without going to war with each other.
If this quatrain was fulfilled in 1999, it means that Nostradamus was only off about the season when these events would occur. He predicted the spring; the events occurred in summer. Also, is it not possible that this quatrain, like history, will repeat itself again in the future? And next time more closely to the letter of the prophesy?
More from the original Chapter 7 will follow ...
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A number of the the following predictions were the foundation for the predictions that appeared in Chapter 7. They appear here in their original form as written between October 6, 1997 and February 22, 1998. The Clinton and Yugoslavia predictions were conceived of, but not yet written down, during the first two weeks of September 1997. Others did not appear anywhere in my 1998 manuscript of Nostradamus and the Final Age, but were (and are) on file on floppy disk. Still others appeared in the book's appendix in a chapter dealing with a general overview of Base 7 numerology. I may consider publishing that chapter on this web site or retaining and updating it for the 2000 manuscript. I have not yet decided. Until then, this will serve.
Predictions for 1998
India and Pakistan will engage in nuclear testing and an arms race that will possibly lead to war in February 1997. This appeared in the manuscript's appendix as a failed prediction, but it happened a year later than anticipated -- in May 1998.
A major blizzard will hit the north-eastern US in January 1998. The "Ice Storm of the Century" hit Quebec and the north-eastern U.S. in January 1998.
There will be US airstrikes against Iraq, Iran, or both in January 1998. An attack on Iraq is most likely. Operation Desert Thunder almost took place in February 1998, but plans were aborted after U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan struck a deal with Saddam Hussein. Operation Desert Fox was conducted by the US and Britain in December 1998 after Saddam began a second major crisis on October 31.
There will be missile strikes against Israel by the Hezbollah, Iraq, or Syria in the winter of 1998. Strikes by Hezbollah began in the fall -- in November and December -- not the winter.
Poet Ted Hughes, Joyce Carol Oates, or Lawrence Ferlinghetti will die in February 1998. Ted Hughes died in November 1998.
A country diva will die an untimely and tragic death in February 1998. No ideas concerning the woman's identity or cause of death. Country legend Tammy Wynette died from a stroke on April 6, 1998.
A female rock singer or songstress will die an untimely and tragic death in February 1998. Suicide or anexoria might contribute to her death. No ideas concerning the woman's identity. Rock singer/writer (and professional photographer) Linda McCartney died of cancer on April 17, 1998. Assisted suicide was suspected for three days, but vehemently denied by her husband.
Kurd fighting in northern Iraq and southern Turkey will intensify in March or April 1998. Possible conflict between Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. Failed. However, Syria and Turkey nearly went to war over Abdullah Ocalan's PKK in October 1998. At that time, Iraq also denounced Turkish incursions into its north and threatened war. In August, a series of clashes began between Iran and Afghanistan. Iranians mobilised and held a number of war games along the border with Afghanistan. A massive Iranian prescence remained along the border throughout the year.
A new ethnic conflict will break out in the former Yugoslavia in April 1998. It may take the form of an ethnic civil war in Montenegro or Kosovo or a resumption of the war in Bosnia. The Crisis in Kosovo began in March 1998. It was triggered by the murder of three Serb policemen by members of the KLA on February 28.
An earthquake will strike Macedonia in the spring of 1998. Failed.
A surpise visit from another comet or a rare planetary alignment will be witnessed in May 1998. A rare planetary conjunction of Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter occurred in March 1998.
India's Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi will be assassinated or executed in May 1998 or October/November 1998. Failed.
Albania will become a trouble spot again in May 1998. This may be due to an ethnic civil war in Montenegro or Serbia which spreads to Albania and, perhaps, Macedonia. Italy, too, may be inundated by Albanian refugees. In May, chaos broke out in Albania following the murder of leaders opposed to Prime Minister Fatos Nano, and, of course, there was the plight of the Kosovar Albanians. This month also marked the begining of a mass exodus of Kosovar Albanian refugees into Albania, Macedonia, and the hills of southern Yugoslavia.
The National Guard will slaughter anti-war protesters opposed to the new Balkan conflict in May 1998. Failed. However, in February 1998 anti-war demonstrations did occur at Ohio State over a proposal to launch a massive bombing campaign against Baghdad, Iraq.
A ground-breaking fantasy film will be released in spring or summer 1998. Take your pick: Titanic, Deep Impact, or Armageddon.
North Korea will provoke a crisis or international outrage over some military act or exercise in July 1998. North Korea did indeed spark off international outrage and concern in August 1998 after launching a Taepo Dong I missile at Japan.
A young black male or female star will die of a drug overdose or accidental asphyxiation in July 1998. Black Olympic star Florence "FloJo" Joyner died of asphyxiation in her sleep in September 1998.
A blackout will strike New York City city in July 1998. Instead, the San Francisco Blackout occurred in December 1998.
There will be a massive volcanic eruption similar to that of Krakatoa in August 1998. Failed.
A legendary male entertainer and singer, greater in stature than Elvis Presley, will die of heart failure in August 1998. One week before his death on May 15, I concluded the individual would be Frank Sinatra (that obviously was not in the manuscript). The prediction was off by three months.
A new bid to unseat Boris Yeltsin occurs in the form of a coup or parliamentary rebellion in August 1998. The rebellion, led by Gennady Zyugonov and the Communists will be nearly successful, almost pushing Russia to the brink of civil war. The opposition will be defeated. Both an economic and political crisis began in Russia in August 1998. President Boris Yeltsin fires the government on August 23. Parliament opposes Viktor Chernomyrdin as Yeltsin's choice for prime minister. On August 27 the Russian public is on the verge of rebellion after the value of the ruble plummets along with Asian and Russian markets. Zyuganov and the Communists attempt to pressure Yeltsin into resigning, staging mass demonstrations on streets of Moscow. Power struggle between Boris Yeltsin and Gennady Zyuganov begins on August 29. Zyuganov warns world during NIGHTLINE interview that Russia is "on the brink of chaos" on September 2, citing military instability and threat of a revolt by Alexander Lebed. Zyuganov warns of potential for nuclear war and an "apocalypse such as described in the Bible." Zyuganov calls for a national strike against Yeltsin government policies to be held on October 7. Duma rejects Chernomyrdin a second time on September 7. Value of ruble plunges more on September 8. A large Communist rally is held on September 9. Chernomyrdin withdraws, and Yeltsin selects Yevgeny Primakov as candidate for prime minister on September 10. Primakov warns country will "break apart" if taxes not paid. Communists rally in Moscow calling for Yeltsin's resignation again on September 30. Students demonstrate in Moscow calling for abolishing US dollar from their currency on October 1. Mass anti-Yeltsin demonstrations by Communists and Unionists take place as scheduled on October 7. Political crisis weakens after several more months before grinding to halt.
Russia will ally with Serbia, Montenegro, and Belarus in September 1998. On April 14, 1999, Yugoslavia voted to join in an alliance with Russia and Belarus.
Turkey will ally with Israel against Syria in October 1998. Israel and Turkey are allies, of course, and have been since 1997. In October 1998, Syria and Turkey nearly went to war over the PKK (Kurdish Worker's Party -- rebel Kurds fighting for independence in south-eastern Turkey). Turkey accused Syria of aiding the PKK. If war had occurred, Turkey's ally, Israel, would have attacked Syria from the south. Being caught between the two countries was the principal reason Damascus backed down. Turkey did not
Turkey will declare war on Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Macedonia in October 1998. Failed.
A famous female film and television actress will die of an accidental or intentional drug overdose in October 1998. Mary Frann, co-star of Newhart in the 1980s, was found dead in September 1998 -- the victim of an overdose of barbiturates.
Israel will go to war with Palestinians in October 1998 and invade Syria. Repeated clashes begin between Israel and Palestinians and Hamas in October 1998. Syrian-backed Hezbollah provokes Israeli retaliation. Fighting leads to signing of Wye River Peace Accord in December.
There will be a major internal crisis in South Korea in November 1998. Failed.
US and Russia will go to war with each other in Hungary as NATO wars with Russia in Yugoslavia in November 1998. Close. In October 1998 Russia warns the US and NATO it will declare war on them if air strikes are launched against Serbia. A negotiated cease-fire in Kosovo averts such a showdown from taking place.
President Bill Clinton will be assassinated in November 1998. Clinton is impeached in December 1998 after a series of potentially deadly mishaps between December 1997 and July 1998. A November trip to Pakistan is canceled due to terrorist threats against the president's life.
Saddam Hussein will be killed during a US-led military operation against Iraq in November 1998. Second crisis between Iraq and UN nearly results in hundreds of US cruise missiles being fired on Iraq in November 1998. Clinton announces plan to work with anti-Saddam groups for Hussein's eventual overthrow or death. On December 16, 1998, Operation Desert Fox is launched. A number of high-ranking Iraqi officials are killed, along with 2,000 Republican Guards. Saddam narrowly escapes with his life.
Greece will declare war on Turkey in Yugoslavia and Cyprus in December 1998. Wrong.
Death or resignation of Boris Yeltin will occur in December 1998. Adjacently fulfilled. Prediction was later changed to October 1999. Yeltsin resigned in December 1999 -- one year after original projection and two months off from the October vector.
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Within the city of Fersod, homicide,
Again and again many oxen plow, not to slaughter,
A return again to the honours of Diana,
And to Vulcan dead bodies to bury.
There is a remote possibility that Quatrain 9.74 was fulfilled in 1998 and is not a prediction for the future. On August 7, 1998, while the first Althorp summer was in full swing ("honours of Diana"), Arab terrorists bombed two US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ("homicide"). On August 20, terrorists in Knowst, Afghanistan were given a bitter taste of Vulcan's fire following US missile and cluster bomb attacks. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein ensured that the beasts of burden, economic sanctions, would plow on indefinitely by declaring that he would no longer co-operate with weapons inspections.
Is it possible that the names of the above-mentioned cities in East Africa and Afghanistan were so alien to Nostradamus that, when translating his prose vision to verse, he concocted a wild approximation for Dar es (Fersod) Salaam or perhaps made up a name to represent one or all of the cities? After all, it is entirely possible that the vision was murky enough that he got all the details right but the name of the city. Or could he have confused Saddam's provocation against the UN on August 5 with Osama bin Laden's terrorist attacks in East Africa, and perhaps even confused the US retaliatory strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan with images from Operation Desert Fox (December 16-19, 1998), believing both to be a summer 1998 air campaign against Baghdad (Sodom: Saddam City)?
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Warning of the Terrorist, His Past Deeds, Possible Connection to TWA 800 and Olympic Park Bombing
On August 7, 1998, the world was forced to finally take notice of the signature of the man I am about to discuss. Two U.S. embassies were bombed in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Two-hundred and seventeen people were killed, including twelve Americans, and over five thousand were injured in the explosions. Within days U.S. intelligence knew the identity of the mastermind of the most horrendous terrorist attack in modern history. Osama bin Laden, a Saudi multi-millionaire operating out of Afghanistan, quickly became as infamous a name as Saddam Hussein. On August 20, 1998, the U.S. retaliated with missile strikes against a chemical weapons factory in Khartoum, Sudan financed by bin Laden and a terrorist training camp used by him in Knowst, Afghanistan.
I knew who he was. I had known since 1997. What follows is what was intended to be my introduction of Osama bin Laden to readers of my book Nostradamus and the Final Age. Everything is exactly as it appeared in manuscript-1998 and draft-1997, including the spelling of his name as originally used by journalists: bin Ladin and Binladin.
'He may be the most dangerous man in the third world today, but unless you watched the special profile about him aired in May 1997 on CNN's Impact, chances are that the name Osama bin Ladin will not register much of a reaction. Although he is worshipped and revered throughout the Middle East, indeed the Moslem world itself, he is not a head-of-state, a king, a president, or an emir. In fact, for t he time being, he is a man without a country: a Saudi national living in exile in Afghanistan. This individual, whom the U.S. State Department calls "one of the most significant sponsors of Islamic extremism in the world," has invested millions of dollars to support international terrorist groups in the Middle East and abroad. His vast fortune is estimated to be worth more than one half billion dollars.
Osama bin Ladin, whose surname is also spelled Binladin, is a 41-year-old Afghan war veteran and the 17th of 52 children born to the wealthy Binladin family of powerful Saudi financiers. In 1980, touched by the plight of Afghans defending their country against Soviet invaders seeking to forcibly annex their country during what was to be the first stage of a planned conquest of the Middle East, Binladin departed from Saudi Arabia and joined the ranks of Arab mercenaries who came to be known as "the Afghan Arabs." In 1981 he became the leader of a force of some 20,000 Afghan Arabs, many of whom still follow his commands to this day.
After the Soviets were driven out of Afghanistan in early 1990, Binladin, as did many of his fellow freedom fighters, realised that a great superpower, with all the vast military resources at its disposal, could be defeated by a smaller country's army. During a CNN in terview with Peter Arnett, Binladin remarked: "In this jihad [against the Soviets] the biggest benefit was that the myth of a superpower was destroyed..." After the war, the rich financier-turned-warrior began to focus his attention on the world's only other superpower, the United States, and its Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
This Arab multimillionaire, a hero to Islamic fundamentalists world-wide, an obscure personality ignored by the media in the West, has been linked to a wide array of terrorist events since 1992. Binladin is responsible for an attempted bombing of a plane transporting U.S. soldiers to Somalia in 1993. Several servicemen died in the incident. Later that year, in October, nineteen U.S. soldiers were killed, allegedly by forces loyal to the late Somali warlord, Mohammed Farrah Aidid. The charred remains of some of the men were pulled from a downed helicopter and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, entrails and other body parts put on display or taken as trophies by villagers. The U.S. government has confirmed Binladin's boast that Arab "holy warriors" under his command were actually responsible for the abhorrent attack against the peacekeepers on the ground and the servicemen in the air. The former Afghan Arabs were there, according to Binladin, to aid their Moslem brothers in Somalia against the forces of American imperialism.
The U.S. government is also currently conducting a criminal investigation of Binladin concerning his alleged role in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and possible links to the bombings against U.S. soldiers in Riyadh in November 1995 and U.S. airmen at the Khobar Towers complex in Dhahran in June 1996. It is believed that he was the actual architect behind the New York City bombing in 1993 and was also the financial backer of the operation. A direct connection has been made between Ramsi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attack, himself an Afghan Arab from Iraq, and Osama bin Ladin. Subject of widespread media interest throughout the Moslem world, he has been credited with ordering the bombings against Americans in Saudi Arabia. Although he denies the allegations he hails the bombers as "heroes." Three of the suspects are Afghan Arabs who acknowledge Binladin's teachings.
However, regarding the Riyadh and Dhahran bombings, it is the self-damning words of the wealthy Saudi exile themselves which are spurring on the secret investigation. Osama bin Ladin has simply decided to declare war on the United States publicly through the medium of television. During the Arnett interview, Binladin outlined his motives and intentions towards the United States:
"The U.S. government has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous, and criminal through its support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and we believe the U.S. is directly responsible for those killed in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq. Due to its subordination to the Jews, the arrogance of the United States regime has reached the point that they occupied Arabia, the holiest place of the Moslems, who are more than a billion people in the world today. For this, and other acts of aggression and injustice, we have declared jihad against the U.S.
The mentioning of the name Clinton also provokes disgust and revulsion. The president has a heart that knows no words. A heart that kills hundreds of children definitely knows no words. Our people in Arabia will send him messages without words, because he doesn't understand words..."
Binladin intends to overthrow the Fahd government of Saudi Arabia which he considers traitorous for allying with the U.S. The Pakistani clergy have supported him by issuing a fatwah demanding the expulsion of Americans from Saudi Arabia. His face adorns posters all over the Middle East, even in Iran. His wealth has been funneled to Islamic terrorist groups in Algeria (who have themselves slit the throats of thousands of women and children since 1992) and Egypt. His Arab followers have set up terrorist training camps in Sudan, Yemen, and Afghanistan. And Osama bin Ladin cannot be touched, much to the chagrin of U.S. criminal investigators. The Taliban government, the ultra-fundamentalist group which is now in control of Afghanistan following six-and-a-half bloody years of civil war, has declared him their honoured guest. At the conclusion of the interview, Binladin grimly warned the world that his name would be spoken "god willing" in trembling and fear by the Western media and all other infidels after he carries out more deeds he has planned.
In physical appearance, Binladin matches perfectly predictions of the blue-turbaned king Nostradamus made over 440 years ago. He came upon the world scene in 1981, as prophesied, wearing the blue turban of the Afghan freedom fighters, and wore it throughout the long Soviet war in Afghanistan. He wears it still today. However, during the interview, he wore a standard white turban with a long draping scarf. He has also been photographed with his head attired in a red-and-white cheered kufiyah; but most photos and video clips show him with the infamous blue turban of which the prophet so graphically warned. He is slim in physique and stern of face. A long, curly black beard sprouts from his slightly swarthy face. The Provencal prognosticator also warned of the coming of a "swarthy, frizzled-haired barbarian" leader with a "dark, curly beard" who would wage war with nations of the West. He would enter Foix, a town in southern France, as a conqueror, wearing a blue turban. The prophet Daniel called this warlord the "fourth" king of "Persia" and "king of the Medes" whose massive fortune ("riches") would dwarf those of all previous Middle Eastern leaders. Even the former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose personal fortune falls somewhere slightly below one hundred million dollars, could not match the half-billion dollar terrorist empire of Osama bin Ladin.
Time will tell if the dire warnings of Binladin need be taken seriously or if he is simply an anomaly from the Middle East left over from the Cold War -- a boastful nuisance with coincidental characteristics prophesied nearly half a millennium ago. In light of these boasts, however, one has good reason to wonder about the source of the mysterious message faxed to the State Department ten hours before TWA Flight 800 exploded in a ball of fire over Long Island, New York in July 1996. Signed by "The Al Mujaheddin," they sound suspiciously like the words spoken by Binladin during his interview with Peter Arnett. To this day there is no credible explanation for the explosion that is acceptable to the public or the families of the victims in the U.S., France, and in Italy.
Meanwhile the trail grows colder each month as to who was responsible for the Olympic Park Bombing one week following the TWA explosion. Authorities have dismissed the idea that international terrorists were behind the incident because it is not consistent for Middle Eastern terrorists to use "crude" devices such as pipe bombs. Ironically, one of Ramsi Yousef's co-conspirators in the World Trade Center Bombing was an Afghan Arab who fought alongside of Osama bin Ladin in the 1980s. He was found guilt y by a court in the Philippines for bombing a packed movie theatre in Manila which resulted in the deaths of scores of patrons. The device he used: a pipe bomb. Also, following the March 1997 cafe bombing in Tel Aviv, several Palestinian terrorists wer e arrested in New York City after their apartment was raided by police. More than a half dozen pipe bombs were discovered which they had intended to plant in New York's subway trains.'
A Continuation of My Case Against Bin Laden Over TWA 800 and the Olympic Park Bombing, Allegations of a Presidential Cover-up Linked to Election Year Worries, Nostradamus Predicts TWA and Atlanta Bombings
Bin Laden Statement read aloud on ABC News the day following the TWA 800 Explosion:
The Al Mujaheddin --
"The Mujaheddin will deliver the ultimate response to the threats of the stupid American President. All will be amazed at the magnitude of the response. The determining of the place and time are in the hands of the Al Mujaheddin, and the invaders should be prepared to leave ... alive or dead. Their rendezvous shall be at dawn, and isn't the dawn near."
An revolu du grand nombre septiesme
Apparoistra au temps Jeux d'Hecatombe,
Non esloign'e du grand eage milliesme
Que les entres sortiront de leur tombe.
During the revolution of the great seventh number
It will appear at the time of the Games of Slaughter,
Not far from the age of the great millennium
When the dead will come out of their tombs.
The nebulous "it" which "appears" in several quatrains could be anything from an earthquake to terrorism to an all-out act of war. Some commentators even substitute the word "he" for "it," thereby signaling the arrival of one of Nostradamus' antichrists. In this instance "it" occurs during "the revolution of the great seventh number." Many interpreters misunderstand this phrase, believing that it somehow symbolises either the decade of the 1970s or the beginning of the seventh millennium. The phrase, in fact, may be an example of the prophet's infrequent use of classical numerology in the quatrains.
Although the French seer calculates future history in terms of an Old Testament-era understanding of millennia -- specifically that of the prophet Enoch -- he is aware of the Christian obsession with the year 2000. Therefore, "the great seventh number" represents the final year of the 20th Century which will have a numerological value of 7, which happens to be 1996 (1+ 9+ 9+ 6 = 25; 2 + 5 = 7). "The Games of Slaughter" appropriately describes the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and the bloody terrorist attack in Olympic Park. The "age of the great millennium" is the final age: the biblical "latter days." The nebulous "it" appears to be an act of Islamic justice, targeting the United States, its support for Israel, and its military presence in the Middle East: a war begun by three separate terrorist strikes against the U.S. in the space of one month and the arming of Israel's enemies with new sophisticated weapons.
Cris, pleurs, larmes viendront avec coteaux
Semblont fouir donront dernier assault.
Lentour parques planter profons plateaux,
Vifs repoulsez & meurdris de prinsault.
Cries, tears, and weeping will come with sharp weapons [shrapnel],
They will seem to flee from a rear assault given.
Around the parks where high platforms are set up,
The living repulsed and murdered instantly.
'The description of the Olympic Park Bombing in Quatrain 10.82 is so accurate it is unnerving. Nostradamus correctly identifies the scene of the carnage as a park and even sees the "high platforms" from which rock performers entertained the early morning revelers. The victims were indeed "repulsed" by alerted security guards and police. Once the victims realised what was going on they fled in panic, seemingly from "a rear assault." It almost appears as though the prophet of Provence witnessed the entire event through the eyes of a stunned television viewer.
And who ordered the commission of these acts? There is plenty of damning, albeit circumstantial evidence, that Iran may have been behind the bombing of TWA Flight 800. A day before the "mysterious explosion" Iranians were briefly detained by French authorities who caught them in the act of testing the security at a Paris airport -- the very same airport where the doomed passenger jet was scheduled to arrive at. There is also documentation that an Iranian national boarded TWA Flight 800 in Stockholm with a forged Russian passport and departed after it landed at Athens. Bomb theorists insist Athens airport security is so lax that if a bomb was planted, it would have been the likeliest place for such an act to be carried out.
But then there is the mysterious message from the "Al Mujaheddin" which was received by the U.S. State Department ten hours before the airliner disintegrated over Long Island in full view of hundreds of horrified witnesses. The wording is similar to threats which have since been uttered against the United States by the wealthy terrorist financier, Osama bin Ladin, leader of the "Afghan Arabs."
It probably did not occur to the seer of Salon that the true import of Quatrain 10.74 might never be appreciated by those of our time. Officially, my interpretation of this prophecy can not be given serious consideration. That is because the U.S. government has done a glorious job covering up this series of outrages against Americans. Why? Perhaps President Clinton may have been fearful of being bogged down in a crisis involving Iran, or worse, an unstoppable Saudi-led terrorist army whose commander is hidden deep within Afghanistan, prior to the 1996 presidential election: it was, after all, the Iranian Hostage Crisis which brought down the administration of the previous Democratic incumbent, Jimmy Carter, during the election of 1980. Maybe that was why, after the bombing in Dhahran, former Secretary of Defence William Perry was told to "shut up" after he made public allegations that the Iranian government was behind the attack on U.S. airmen at Khobar Towers. Strange, isn't it, that since the re-election of Clinton the U.S. government now admits there may be an Iranian-Syrian connection behind the bombings in Saudi Arabia?
Now, of course, it is necessary to cover up "the cover-up." Despite all the Semtex and plastic explosive residue found on TWA Flight 800 (which was conveniently discredited as evidence because of "sniffer dog" exercises conducted on the plane a few years earlier); despite hundreds of credible, reliable witnesses -- some of them pilots themselves -- who saw strange light activity in the waters off Long Island just prior to witnessing a missile streaming towards the doomed airliner; despite the reams of circumstantial evidence linking actions by international terrorists to places along and on TWA Flight 800's route from Stockholm to Athens and at its intended destinations in Pa ris and Rome; despite the "Al Mujaheddin" communique faxed to the U.S. State Department ten hours before the disaster; and despite authorities from all over the world insisting that the explosion had all the features of past terrorist bombings of passenger jets, including Pan Am 103 -- the official conclusion the government reached in late 1997 was as infamous as the Warren Report. They would have the public believe that a spark was mysteriously ignited in the ship's fuel tank -- something which cannot be proven and something completely unprecedented in aviation history.
Note too that a few days after the Olympic Park Bombing, only a week after the TWA incident, authorities dismissed international terrorism as the cause of the Atlanta explosion. Their reasoning: professional terrorists never use anything as crude as pipe bombs. Apparently they forgot that one of Ramsi Yousef's co-conspirators in the World Trade Center Bombing was found guilty by the Philippines government of injuring scores of people with a pipe bomb in a packed movie theatre in Manila. Thereafter, the FBI descended on security guard Richard Jewell as their main suspect (i.e. "patsy"). Was it a coincidence that they waited until two days before the presidential election before dismissing him as a suspect? With the trail now cold, covering up this farce of an investigation shouldn't be too difficult.'
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Un peu devant monarque trucide
Castor, Pollux en nef, estre crinite
L'erain public par terre & mer vuide,
Pise, Ast, Ferrare, Turin, terre interdicte.
A short time before a monarch is slaughtered
Castor and Pollux (US and Russia) in the ship, a bearded star,
Public treasure emptied on land and sea,
Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin (northern and eastern Italy), land under interdict.
'Comet Hale-Bopp first became visible as a fuzzy greyish-white star in the north-western sky on March 6, 1997 just after sunset. At that time mayhem and violence broke out in the Albanian capital of Tirana and the southern city of Vlora. After conflicts between armed protesters and the military, Albania's president, Sali Berisha, declared a state of emergency and ordered the army to shoot to kill anyone on the streets. Government warplanes bombed towns in southern Albania the following day as army tanks rolled through the streets. Greek minorities living in southern Albania began fleeing across the border into Greece.
By March 12, Hale-Bopp could easily be discerned with a pair of binoculars as a comet with an amber-coloured head and a distinct tail. By that time tiny Albania had descended into total anarchy. Weapons had been abandoned to the populace which quickly used them to kill and loot. Violence had spread from the south to the capital of Tirana itself in the north. The capital city became the scene of rampant insurrection and chaos. Gunfire, tracer fire, and explosions could be seen lighting up the night sky. Greece prepared for war and Italy was bracing itself for a major rush of refugees. "Public treasure" was "emptied on land and sea," not in the form of a great war effort as many past commentators had speculated, but as a result of the looting and anarchy in Albania. The "public treasury" was also lost due to the fraudulent pyramid schemes backed by the Albanian government which swindled the life-savings out of most of Albania's citizens.
By March 21, Hale-Bopp had become a classic comet. Now clearly visible to the naked eye, not even a near-sighted individual without glasses could miss its imposing presence once darkness had settled. Now as bright as a planet, it was essentially white save for the tail which was short and fan-shaped. Away from light pollution caused by city lights it resembled a celestial tropical fish, a sort of fan-tailed tetra with its second tail, consisting of carbon dioxide, a distinctive blue colour. However this view did not last long, for the rising full moon quickly compromised Hale-Bopp's visibility.
By this time Albanians were very angry: not only at their government, but at the government of Italy as well. Eighty Albanian refugees had been killed when an Italian warship rammed the boat that was carrying them. Scores more were badly injured. Prior to this, Italian soldiers, overwhelmed by the flow of refugees at the port of Brindisi, fired on a small number of Albanians, killing some and wounding others. Although no violence had spread to the northern Italian cities named in line 4, "Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, and Turin" still function as a collective synecdoche for the whole of Italy. Travel by Albanian refugees to Italy, by March 21, had been to a great extent prohibited ("interdict") and the prohibition enforced.
Also on that day Russia and the United States ("Castor and Pollux," the twins) completed the only summit in the history of their partnership at a time when "a bearded star" was dominating the night sky. The summit was held in Helsinki, Finland, a major port filled with fishing boats, sea freighters, cargo and tourist ships. Finland is also a country dotted with over 60,000 lakes, numerous rivers, streams, and canals. This is as close as one can get to comparing Helsinki or Finland to a "ship," unless Nostradamus intended the phrase "in the ship" as a poetic or archaic expression for "in negotiation." However, there is a remote possibility that Castor and Pollux do not represent the U.S. and Russia.
Above, in Quatrain 2.15, Nostradamus appears to be describing a seaport summit between the mythological twins, Castor and Pollux. Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton did meet in Helsinki, Finland. The "comet summit" was held March 1997 when Comet Hale-Bopp was high and bright in the north-western sky. Both men have experienced various crises over the course of their chequered political careers almost simultaneously. Both men continue to defy the doom-sayers time and again by weathering each political or foreign policy storm.
On April 2, Comet Hale-Bopp became the brightest it would ever appear for another 4,200 years. Russia and Belarus, "big Russia" and "little Russia," forged a political union based on economic and military co-operation. President Yeltsin made the following remark during a speech which followed the signing of the pact: "I am confident of success in our endeavour. Let there be good sailing to our big common ship." Line 2 of Quatrain 2.15 appears to accurately reflect Mr. Yeltsin's sentiments: "Castor and Pollux in the ship, a bearded star." Yeltsin characterised the U.S.-Russian relationship as a "partnership," but described the Russian-Belarussian pact as a "ship." Let us hope Belarus -- and not the United States -- is the other "twin" Nostradamus had in mind: for one day, in the new NATO nation of Hungary, Castor and Pollux will become "enemies in the field." Let us also hope that the French seer, when listening to President Yeltsin's speech while Comet Hale-Bopp blazed high overhead, did not confuse the Belarus accord signing with the U.S.-Russian Summit in Helsinki.
On August 31, 1997, what may have been the most tragic death of a public figure in living memory occurred. I, like so many others, can not remember feeling such profound, unimaginable grief over the passing of someone I did not personally know. The Paris car crash which claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, will never fade from the minds of the millions who truly loved her. Many who thought they no longer had a heart left that could be broken soon discovered otherwise in the days and weeks following her untimely, and utterly needless, death. All the suicides, drug overdoses, and assassinations of this century cannot eclipse the tragic, senseless, and ultimately preventable loss of a lovely, compassionate woman who so desired to live and who, after conquering much personal sadness, had found so much to live for.
She was indeed a "monarch": a benevolent monarch of the people; one whom some have called "Britain's true queen" and many will always remember as "the Queen of Hearts." Four-and-a-half months after the passing of one of the most spectacular comets in two hundred years, the most beautiful monarch in the world was "slaughtered" in a Paris tunnel. It is perhaps ironic that a woman who so loved and desired the common everyday experiences in life and did her utmost best to see that her children would not be deprived of these experiences; and one who had so much affection for average people and those less fortunate was herself a victim of one of the most common and leading causes of premature death: an automobile accident involving a drunk driver.'
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