Much ado about July 16

Monday , June 17, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Howard Ratcliffe

Editor,

Tisha b’Av is called the “Saddest day in Jewish history”; in 2013 the day aligns with July 16, which marks: 1) The beginning of the Islamic calendar; 2) Roman Catholic-Orthodox split; 3) Islam versus “Christian” (fake Christian of course) Crusades; 4) American civil war Battle of Bull Run; 5) first atomic bomb detonation in New Mexico and transport of “Little Boy,” the first atomic bomb against humans to Tinian; 6) launch of Apollo 11; 7) Saddam Hussein taking Iraq in a coup; 8) death of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

“9 av” or Tish b’ Av comemorates Jewish calamities: 1) rejection of the 12 spies report of Canaan and beginning of 40 years wandering in the Arabian Desert; 2) destruction of Solomon’s Temple; 3) destruction of the second temple; 4) Bar Kochba revolt instigated by self-proclaimed Messiah of the Star Simon Bar Kochba in which 500,000 Jews were killed; 5) razing of the temple site and re-dedication as “Zeus Capitolina”; 6) date of the 1st Crusade; 7) expulsion of “Crypto Jews” from England on charges of usury; 8) The Alhambra Decree, forcing conversion or expulsion of “Crypto Jews” and “Marranos” from Spain; 9) WWI began in 1914 on 9 Av; 10) WWII began in 1939 on 9 Av; 11) mass deportations of Jews from Vichy, France initiating the Holocaust on 9 Av.

George Bush,Sr. began with the Gulf War I on 9 Av.

“Quds Day” is Aug. 2, 2013. Four-thousand Republican Guard troops are on the way to Syria, called “Quds Force” or “Jerusalem Force” to combat Zionism, promote solidarity with Palestine and assume control over the Temple Mount. This action is coincident with the “red line” allegedly being crossed with the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Zoroastrians call “Zero Hour” 9 a.m.; the hour that was long ago prophesied of the Final Battle of Good versus Evil. Ahmadinejad has long called America the “Great Satan”; his stated “divine mission” is to usher in the 12th Shia Imam “al-Mahdi.” June 15, Sharia Law Judge Hasan Rouhani was elected.

It seems 2013 may be the year and July 16 the day.

Howard Ratcliffe

Huntsville

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