Marwa Sabah for the Agence France-Presse reports from Baghdad today that a series of five car bombs, three during prayers at Shiite mosques in Iraq's capital city, and other attacks across Iraq killed 58 people on Friday, after the government said al-Qaida was on the run.
The bombings came four days after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said al-Qaida in Iraq was "bleeding" and its leaders "falling" after an Iraqi-U.S. military operation on Sunday purportedly killed its top two leaders.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had said the "deaths are potentially devastating blows to al-Qaida in Iraq."
The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah foretold the violence that would beseige the "land of the Chaldeans" -- "I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs... (Babylon's) high gates will be set on fire; so the peoples will toil for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire," (Jeremiah 50:32; 51:58).
While the bomb attacks are deadly and terrorizing, it will be the fires that completely demoralize the occupying reconstructionists. Because of the fire, they will say, "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," (Jeremiah 51:9).