Monday, August 11, 2008

"Farming is latest casualty in drought-stricken Iraq"

This was the headline from an August 6th, 2008 article at NPR.org describing the on-going drought besieging farmland throughout Iraq. Some Iraqi farmers say, according to the article, that it is the worst drought they have seen in their lifetimes.

U.S. Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq, is quoted as saying,
"It really is heart-wrenching to see the Iraqi people be driven to go through so much. They've had multiple wars, they have had this insurgency and terrorist action, and now they've got to contend with the drought."

Jeremiah describes drought as the final judgment on Babylon that results in complete desolation, one that leaves the land of Chaldea uninhabited forever: "Here cities have become an object of horror, a parched land and a desert, a land in which no man lives, and through which no son of man passes... This place (shall be) cut off, so that there will be nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast, but it will be a perpetual desolation" (Jeremiah 51:43, 62).

This final desolation of Jeremiah's prophecy follows a catastrophic flood event, which follows a massive military defeat at the hands of the "Medes", the present-day Kurds of the north. That defeat follows an abandonment by the occupying forces, which follows widespread burning of the cities by fire. That follows the execution of the "arrogant one", the "king of Babylon", and that follows the capture of his city and the scattering of his army in a mass invasion by a "great king and many nations."

And so the present drought is not yet the final desolation, but seems to be another small-scale harbinger of that doom upon the country, just as the devastating flooding in Kurdistan two years ago warned of the coming flood judgment that wipes out the cities of Iraq and destroys the canals and waterways that give the land its life-sustaining capability.

Just as the first Gulf War was the harbinger for the second.

And so Jeremiah offers the warning of the harbinger: "Be afraid of the report that will be heard in the land -- for the report will come one year, and after that another report in another year, and (then) violence will be in the land..." (Jeremiah 51:46).

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