As reported at the Los Angeles Times 'Nation' blog today, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in a televised CNN interview with Larry King the evening of February 10th, suggested that things might turn out really well in Iraq:
I am very optimistic ... about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.
I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two (or) three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It's impressed me. I've been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.
Now, if what Biden projects actually happens, then we can know with certainty that the current conflict in Iraq has nothing to do with the prophecy of doom on Babylon predicted by Jeremiah in chapters 50 through 51 of his book in the bible. Why? Because Jeremiah describes the withdrawal of the invasion/occupation forces as being an outright abandonment due to failure to "heal" Babylon, rather than as a withdrawal in success at reconstruction --
"'Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.' 'We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies'" (Jer 51:8-9).
Labels: Judgment 5 - Abandonment