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Submitted by Drew (Canada), Nov 8, 2007 at 08:46

Lemme get this straight ... In English, it's called the Saddam Dam. In Arabic, it's called Sadd Saddam. Why not put the two together and call it the Sadd Dam?

It's interesting the Dr Pipes would invoke the image of Noah's flood in this, because there are Biblical analogues for this entire Iraq operation. I still believe that the mission to seek out Saddam once and for all was a mission from God: a madman had to be brought down, and too many people remember the likes of Hitler and Idi Amin and how long they were allowed to continue their reigns of terror.

Whatever the stated motivation -- alleged connection to 9/11, claims of weapons of mass destruction, 45 minute deployment, etc. etc. -- one thing seems clear in my mind: God was prepared to deliver Saddam into the hands of the US. But where this has fallen off the rails is that US policy-makers -- like King Saul with the Amalekites -- weren't prepared to stop at the assignment from God: they had to keep going and do what they thought God wanted: "stabilize" Iraq, bring democracy and oversee total reconciliation of the various factions.

Those are all noble-sounding objectives, but apparently, not what God was willing to bless. ("If it ain't got the blessing, don't bother messing!") Now the question is, what action to get out of there will God bless? Maybe it's time for someone -- like a God-fearing Christian in the White House, as a grand exit from his term in office -- to actually go before the Lord, or ask a modern-day prophet to do so -- and ask that question.

Right now, I keep getting an image of an SUV stuck in mud. The driver tries to get out by tromping on the accelerator, but that only makes the wheels spin more and dig deeper into the mud, when the proper course of action is to ease the clutch in and let the torque pull the vehicle out gently. When Saddam was arrested, at least one of the wheels was still on solid ground. That's when the vehicle should have been pulled out gradually and gracefully. Now, there doesn't seem to be any solid ground for traction.

Back to the Bible for this one: if US policy-makers were to turn to God and ask Him to show a way out, He would. The Israelites at the shore of the Red Sea had to take it on faith that God had made a path for them, even though all they could see was water. The mud surrounding the SUV seems endless, but if we turn to God to make the way, He will.

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American Invasion on Iraq was the Biggest Mistake Since Vietnam [59 words]Nadhim MohammedNov 24, 2015 01:52226529
1The real victims [49 words]dhimmi no moreNov 24, 2015 07:17226529
Exactly the truth! [255 words]GWKNov 21, 2007 21:47114300
15 meters? [46 words]downstreamNov 27, 2007 10:23114300
Dam problem [145 words]always rightNov 13, 2007 17:37113645
Must Leave Iraq [104 words]MichaelNov 13, 2007 16:40113642
Saddam's Damn Dam [262 words]Kim SegarNov 13, 2007 14:07113637
Dang It! [331 words]shaynaNov 12, 2007 15:44113610
Teach the Iraqis how to sue the "German-Italian, Saudi funded Consortium" that built it? [134 words]RPaineNov 11, 2007 13:28113569
Time to go [126 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDNov 10, 2007 15:33113548
Prophetic Implications in the Shadow of the Dam [945 words]M. ToveyNov 13, 2007 12:21113548
Preempt the conspiracy risk [329 words]Lee M.Nov 9, 2007 23:03113533
Noah's Ark? [53 words]Vince MNov 9, 2007 13:54113516
enough [152 words]chuck byardNov 9, 2007 11:50113514
Not only, but also [30 words]MarkNov 12, 2007 17:33113514
"Social Work" [127 words]M. BouffantNov 9, 2007 03:08113503
Resulte of American Presence [173 words]E. N. Mayfield, Jr.Nov 10, 2007 03:42113503
Thou art so wrong [154 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDNov 11, 2007 16:29113503
Colin Powell [31 words]Steve J.Nov 9, 2007 02:49113502
Pottery Barn rule [41 words]Bill TempletonNov 9, 2007 16:24113502
What?? [144 words]donvanNov 16, 2007 09:07113502
Damn Dam [41 words]E. N. Mayfield, Jr.Nov 9, 2007 02:30113500
Geology Exemplified at Its Worst [126 words]Christopher J. SchuberthNov 8, 2007 22:23113494
Our New Embassy [24 words]KathyNov 8, 2007 21:42113491
Damn Dam that Damn Saddam [233 words]Seamus MacNemiNov 8, 2007 19:43113470
Consequences if One Does, or One Does Not [255 words]M. ToveyNov 8, 2007 17:16113465
The Germans built it - let them fix it [13 words]HbowmanNov 8, 2007 16:46113463
Purpose of War [25 words]Mike LevineNov 8, 2007 16:31113461
True... [114 words]donvanNov 9, 2007 10:35113461
Empty the reservoir! [37 words]Ron KilmartinNov 8, 2007 15:01113436
Another example .... [105 words]donvanNov 8, 2007 16:33113436
surging success? [117 words]G.VishvasNov 8, 2007 11:50113430
caught in the Iraqi-occupation dilemma? [169 words]Charles MartelNov 8, 2007 10:45113425
Saddam's sad folly [247 words]Rebecca MouldsNov 8, 2007 08:54113418
but why is the US there? [63 words]roslyn estherNov 8, 2007 08:53113417
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Did Somebody Call A Prophet From G-D? [128 words]Seamus MacNemiNov 8, 2007 20:14113415
Amalekites, Saddam Hussien, and King Saul [730 words]jennifer solisNov 9, 2007 15:25113415
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Saddam's Dam [171 words]J. GutknechtNov 8, 2007 08:45113414
Saddam's Damn Dam - handing over responsiblilty to avoid blame - impossible [143 words]DW Tony PattersonNov 8, 2007 07:48113412
Do what we must.... [194 words]Ron RotemNov 8, 2007 07:46113411
Seeing clearly [81 words]Mary ConnorNov 8, 2007 06:44113409
Dam Saddam's Dam? [99 words]Ian CampbellNov 8, 2007 06:07113394
Since a decade Iran and Iraq were eachothers #1 enemy! And now they are best friends? [194 words]zari namdarNov 8, 2007 05:04113391
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Saddam's Dam [154 words]Donald W. BalesNov 7, 2007 21:20113374

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