Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Renewed tensions in Iraq

The New York Times Opinion Pages offered an editorial on the renewed tensions in Iraq following the sentencing of Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi to death in the killing of two Iraqis.  In the editorial, published Sept 10, 2012 at nytimes.com, the NY Times asserts the decision by a panel of judges is "sure to exacerbate... tensions -- in Iraq and the wider region."

Hashimi, a Sunni muslim, was convicted in absentia on Sunday of the murders of a lawyer and a security official, and is living in Turkey, which is a Sunni-majority nation. He had been a "vocal critic" of Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al -Maliki, who has, according to the editorial, "shown more interest in reprisals against the Sunni minority than in encouraging inclusion..."

We are coming up on 2,090 days since the execution of Saddam Hussein, the third judgment on Babylon pronounced by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet in chapters 50 through 51 of his book in the bible. The first judgment, invasion of the land by "a great nation and many kings", was followed by its "capture", and then the  "punishment of the arrogant one."

The fourth judgment is the burning of the cities. Will that occur soon?

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