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The End Is Nigh! Or Not.

An article in the Jerusalem Post tells that a Koran scholar has found in the Koran references that indicate the United States will cease to exist in the year 2007. The source of destruction will be a giant wave brought on by a great sin. Koran scholar: US will cease to exist in 2007. The article says the scholar's study is being circulated in many Muslim countries.

I, myself, don't exactly see the end coming for the U.S., and especially not from a tsunami. Even if a giant tsunami did strike, it would have to be really super giant to wipe us from the planet -- the U.S. is a big country, geographically speaking. This isn't to say that a tsunami wouldn't be damaging, of course. Just not, you know, enough to destroy a continent-sized country.

So maybe the scholar is speaking metaphorically. Well, it is true that empires do not last forever, or at least that none has lasted forever yet. Most empires probably don't know they're finished until well after they've been eclipsed. So I guess I wouldn't know whether the demise of the U.S. is imminent. I think it very unlikely. But I'd be a bit more sanguine if the U.S. wasn't as arrogant and domineering as the Koranic scholar alleges. Even in the most extreme statements, there is often a kernel of something one can agree with.

(altivo: I found this link in your friends page, so if it looks kind of familiar, that's why.)

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