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Saddam's psychic sandbox
by Judi McLeod
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Toronto, ON-- Saddam Hussein, who among other occult pursuits, "studied the sands", would have been better equipped with orbitary American weather satellites.
During sand studies, the Black Arts Saddam conjured up jinn (genies) to do his bidding. Said to have inherited some of his mother Sabha's psychic prowess, Saddam was believed by many to have seven jinn lined up for his personal protection. According to these people, the Butcher of Baghdad spoke on a daily basis with the king and queen of the jinn, who actually advised him.
All studying the sands ever got Saddam was death and destruction.
In a search sponsored by oil magnate and "Soviet agent of influence" Armand Hammer, American satellites found `The Atlantis of the Sands'.
The late Hammer once sold a zinc mine to the father of al Gore for $160,000, who within short order sold the mine to son, Al Gore Jr. for $140,000.
"Observation satellites staring down from space penetrated 600-ft. mountains of windswept sand to make a startling find on the fringe of the Arabian desert (Space Today Online). "The faint shadow of a lost civilization has turned up like a ghost in computer-enhanced radar images of ancient ground under the Rub al Khali desert in the sultanate of Oman."
And there's a bonus that could never be provided by a genie out of any bottle: A timeworn network of roads under the dunes seems to point to the burial place of the legendary society of Ad.
"Referred to in the Koran, the tales of The Arabian Nights and the Holy Bible, Ad probably was the bustling hub of the world's frankincense trade 5,000 years ago. Biblical archaeologists suggest wise men traded there for frankincense they bore as gifts for the infant Jesus."
The fragrance of frankincense hovers today in Catholic cathedrals. An aromatic resin from the sap of Middle Eastern and East African trees, frankincense provided an incense that was used in days of old by crowned heads and commoners alike. Incense perfumed the air in religious rituals, cremations, and other ceremonies, and marked the steps of monarchs during ancient imperial processions.
Technology-driven studies of the sand have sometimes proved as frustrating as occult-driven ones. Back in the 1930s, the sand of the Rub al Khali defeated an out-of-water, world famous British explorer's search for Ad's ancient trade routes.
Even today's modern archeologists can be frustrated in their search of the entire perilous desert. Unlike Indiana Jones adventuring in the field, they must content themselves studying in laboratories, where they feed data from satellite radar to computers searching for long-lost clues.
Archeologists went into Eureka! Mode when colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in sunny California were able to perceive a 100-yard-wide, hoof-trodden path hidden under tons of sand in giant dunes from 1980 satellite photos.
"Backed by Hammer money, a scouting expedition of NASA, British and private explorers tracked the trail they had concluded was formed by frankincense traders riding camels." (Space Today Online). The Ad expedition included Blom, Elachi, British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Los Angeles attorney and part-time explorer George Hedges, and an archeologist, geologist, computer scientist and documentary filmmaker.
"Following their satellite map, the party looked for geological evidence of a trail through the now-barren land to the once-thriving city of Ubar.
An expedition highlight came when they stumbled upon Ad artifacts900 pottery shards and flint pieces during a three-week scouting mission in July 1990. High winds drove the team away, leaving the artifacts in the hands of Oman's Department of National Heritage.
"The adventurer T.E. Lawrence once described Ubar as the "Atlantis of the sands". Frankincense was an important commodity in the ancient world before the rise of Christianity when Ubar may have been the main shipping center of Ad. Worldwide shipments of frankincense to markets as far away as China and Rome could have started at Ubar.
"Ad society lasted from 3000 B.C. to the 1st century A.D. In the end, it was victimized by politics, economics and climate after a drop in demand for the frankincense fragrance as Christianity preached burying bodies instead of burning them. The abandoned villages of Ad eventually were inundated by tides of shifting sands, and eventually dunes reaching heights of 200 to 600 feet."
Sandboxes, including that of the genie obsessed Saddam and anybody else's can be likened to moving targets. According to NASA, the world's largest desert fluctuated in size during the 1980s.
The Atlas Mountains and Mediterranean Sea make up a nearly immovable northern boundary, but the Sahara's southern boundary moved south 80 miles between 1980 and 1990.
NASA observations indicate a nomadic Sahara. After moving to the south between 1981 and 1984, the Sahara retreated northward 88 miles from 1985 to 1986. However, it migrated 34 miles south in 1987. The southern boundary retreated 62 miles to the north in 1988, then expanded 46 miles to the south in 1989 and 1990.
The sands of time never stand still.
Oman, once known as Muscat and Oman, is a sultanate on the southeast side of the Arabian Peninsula, bounded on the north by the Gulf of Oman and on the east and south by the Arabian Sea. To the southwest is Yemen. To the west is Saudi Arabia. On the northwest border is the United Arab Emirates. The Rub al Khali desert extends into the western area of Oman, but is mostly in Saudi Arabia.
Oman was ruled for centuries by emirs controlled by a caliphate at Baghdad. Later it was controlled by Portugal followed by the British government of India. Today, the ruling sultan has close ties with Great Britain.
Meanwhile, someone should tip off Saddam that when it comes to studying the sands of time, technology is always more reliable than the occult.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]
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