Monday, January 22, 2007

Twin bombs escalate renewed insurgency following hangings

At least 90 people were dead and about 180 wounded in bombings targeting Shiite areas in and around Baghdad today, as reported by Sinan Slaheddin, an Associated Press writer in Baghdad.

78 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when two nearly simultaneous bombs struck a predominantly Shiite commercial area in central Baghdad, while a bomb followed by mortar attack struck a market in a predominantly Shiite town north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people and wounding nearly 30.

According to the AP report, the latest bombings were a further sign of what appears to be a renewed campaign of Sunni insurgent violence against Shiite targets, following the executions of Saddam Hussein and two of his top aides, one of which had been decapitated in his hanging.

While this violence is not yet the burning of the cities predicted by the prophet Jeremiah to follow the punishment of the "arrogant one", it certainly displays the mood of the Sunni insurgency. Coupled with the announcement Sunday by Iraqi officials that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has dropped his protection of Shiite sheik al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, the country is a powder-keg heating up from both ends, day by day.

The remaining calamity from Saddam's execution forward -

The arrogant one will be punished (Jer 50:31). The cities will burn (Jer 50:32). The nations will be exhausted for the fire (Jer 51:58). The nations will say, "We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her, and let us each return to his own country" (Jer 51:9). "The LORD will arouse the spirit of the kings of the Medes (Kurds), because his purpose is against Babylon to destroy it" (Jer 51:11). "Devote all her army to destruction, and they will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans" (Jer 51:3-4). "A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!" (Jer 50:37). "The sea (will) come up over Babylon; she (will be) engulfed with its tumultuous waves" (Jer 51:42). "I shall dry up her sea and make her fountain dry" (Jer 51:36). "And Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt for jackals, an object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants" (Jer 51:37).

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