With temperatures of 120 degrees, little electricity and an expected increase in politically linked religious fervor around the Muslim holy month, Ramadan could bring a spike in Iraq attacks, according to a Christian Science Monitor online article by Jane Arraf published today.
On Saturday at least 43 were killed and another 185 wounded, many of them women and children, as roadside bombs and a car bomb exploded in a crowded market in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.
Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, the deputy commanding general of US Forces in Iraq, told reporters Monday that the US expects attacks in Iraq to continue to spike as Ramadan begins this week.
Muslims abstain from eating or drinking even water from sunrise to sundown to foster patience and humility, according to the CS Monitor report.
Iraqi officials have reported between 300 and 500 Iraqis killed in attacks in July alone.
Jeremiah the hebrew prophet predicted that after the arrogant one was punished, the cities of Chaldea would burn, and then the occupying forces would abandon Babylon to her judgment.
Could the deprivation of Ramadan, the holy month in which millions of muslims seek patience and humility, light the fires that consume the cities of Chaldea in fulfillment of Jeremiah's ancient prophecy?