Today is the 10th of Tevet and a day of fasting for many religious Jews.
the day that Nebuchadnezzar first began his seige of Jerusalem.
And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about. (Jeremiah 52:3-4)
It is interesting that one portrait of the infamous Saddam goes as follows:
Saddam also portrays himself as the successor to Nebuchadnezzar. In 1979, he was quoted by his semi-official biographer as saying: “Nebuchadnezzar stirs in me everything relating to pre-Islamic ancient history. And what is most important to me about Nebuchadnezzar is the link between the Arabs’ abilities and the liberation of Palestine. Nebuchadnezzar was, after all, an Arab from Iraq, albeit ancient Iraq. … That is why whenever I remember Nebuchadnezzar I like to remind the Arabs, Iraqis in particular, of their historical responsibilities. It is a burden that should… spur them into action because of their history.
It is well known that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has connected himself with Nebuchadnezzar, spending over $500 million during the 1980s on the reconstruction and the re-establishment of ancient Babylon, the capitol of Nebuchadnezzar. Over sixty million bricks have been made to place in the walls of Babylon, each engraved with the inscription 'To King Nebuchadnezzar in the reign of Saddam Hussein.
Never mind that Nebuchadnezzar was not Mohammedan nor was he an Arab at all. But such were his fantasies
Psychologists called this Saddam's "Nebuchadnezzar Imperial Complex"because he thought himself to be the reincarnation of the ancient dictator.
Nebuchadnezzar lived for years as a mindless beast and when they found Saddam Hussein he was living in a dirty hole with long fingernails, long hair, covered in filth and living like an animal.
Yesterday on the eve of this important day, Saddam Hussein, who styled himself the modern reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar was removed from decent human society.
(article from lemonlimemoon)
Saddam was the reincarnation of a sewer rat, and thankfully he'll never have a chane to reincarnate.ReplyDelete
btw: wonderful article Lemon, now that I can read it with a clear mind :) It really is excellent--and THANK YOU for the kind words.
You too Sultan :)
Isn't it fascinating that throughout history there have been evil dictators who have thought they were the reincarnation of their evil heroes.
I've always thought I was the reincarnation of Charlie McCarthy. :]
ROFL Yobee! I AGREE.ReplyDelete
Me? That's a tough one. Perhaps Thumbalina? That was my favorite doll.