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Nuclear Blitz on Canaan

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   

Nergal and Ninurta unleash seven Atomic Bombs on Sodom, Gomorrah, and Anunnaki spaceport in Sinai Peninsula

Lot, his wife, and  his two virgin daughters were airlifted by the Anunnaki espionage agents of Ninurta and dropped on the outskirts of Sodom as Lot wanted to do some impromptu, last-minute business there.  “The men took hold of his hand and his wife's hand and his two daughters' hands and they brought them out, and put them down outside the city,” Genesis relates.

The Anunnaki then bid Lot to make his way to the Judean mountains once he was done with the business. "Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stop thou anywhere in the plain," they instructed him. “Unto the mountains escape, lest thou perish." Lot’s intention was to go down south as far as the town of Zoar, which was the furthest of the pentropolis.  Getting there on a chariot would certainly take time. So Lot asked the Anunnaki to on his behalf beseech Ninurta to delay pressing the nuclear button for at least a full day.

The emissaries hearkened: they promised him they would do likewise. They knew in their hearts, which they didn’t confide to Lot, that there were still five to six more days before the nuclear weapons were unleashed on the two cities. Hence, Lot had plenty of time to gather as much ground as he needed in his flight.  “And Lot, as instructed, went on to dwell in the mountain." Abraham too was ordered out of the Negev (the arid district bordering on the Sinai) and to find haven near the Mediterranean coast, in the district of the Philistines. He sought refuge there at Gerar.

SODOM AND GOMORRAH’S “SIN” WAS A LIFE OF BLISS

Why did the Anunnaki hawks (Enlil, Ninurta, Nergal, and Inanna-Ishtar) decide to nuke Sodom and Gomorrah? We’re familiar with some of the advanced reasons. According to the Bible, “the cities of the Jordan Plain” (Sodom and Gomorrah) were “wicked”.   They had “forsaken the covenant of the Lord … and they went and served other gods” – DEUTERONOMY 29:22-27. 

But the Bible does not explain who “the Lord” was; what the “covenant of the Lord” was; and who “other gods” were. It is the Sumerian chronicles that fill in the gaps. The “Lord " was Enlil, the Bible’s principal Yahweh. The “other gods” were Marduk and his son Nabu. And the “covenant”   was an age-old one, entered into between the Enlilites and the Enkites and according to which Africa was allotted to the Enkites and Europe and the Middle East/Central Asia to the Enlilites.

Thus the Canaanites (descendents of Canaan, who was an Enkite) were not supposed to inhabit Canaan (which was named after them in that they outnumbered the Shemites (Enlilites) by far) as it was not their covenanted land. However, the Enlilites too were guilty of  flouting the same covenant in that at the  time Marduk and Nabu were making inroads into Canaan, Abraham and his wife were  joint pharaohs of I-Sira-El – northern Egypt. Both the two clans had inter-penetrated each other’s territory.

As for being wicked, the biblical take is not corroborated by extra-biblical accounts.   For example, Josephus observes that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had grown haughty by virtue of their individual riches and collective wealth. “They hated strangers,” he writes. “God was therefore much displeased at them, and determined to punish them for their pride, and to overthrow their city, and to lay waste their country, until there should neither plant nor fruit grow out of it.” Which strangers?

The strangers were not foreigners in general: it were foreigners who were pro-Enlilite. The word “hated” in fact ought to be substituted with “resented” given that Lot, a literal foreigner and an Enlilite for that matter, had lived in pro-Marduk Sodom for 17 years without any problems whatsoever. Like any other proud nation, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah resented Enlilites because they were suspicious of them. But they didn’t mind co-existing with them. 

A number of extra-biblical religious Jewish texts also seem to corroborate the fact that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were filthy rich, the source of their vanity. For example, the Mishnah says the problem with the Sodomites was excessive property: this was their “sin”. In 2015, a team of archaeologists lead by Steve Collins reported their 10-year excavation of Sodom, which was Canaan’s principal city of the day (it is mentioned 45 times in the Bible). They characterise it as an extremely rich trade centre with waterways.

“It was a colossal city,” they write.  The exact site they excavated is described as “consisting of both a lower and upper city. It features Early Bronze Age (3500 – 2350 BCE) evidence for a 5.2 meter thick city wall (built and then re-built stronger following an earthquake) as much as 10 meters in height and made entirely of mud bricks, with associated gates, towers, at least one roadway, and plazas.”

What the biblical writers describe as sin was only so because the Enlilites very much limited the freedoms of their worshippers. On the other hand, Marduk was a liberal who gave his people unfettered freedom of expression and association (like the kind encountered in the US) in the new dispensation of Aries. This is what Enlil frowned upon and denounced as sin.      

NERGAL AND NINURTA SPLIT ROLES

At the time of which we write, Canaan had five major cities. Yet of the five, only two were in the cross-hairs of Enlil – Sodom and Gomorrah. The reason were three-fold. First, they were the largest and the most prosperous. Second, they constituted the nerve centre of Marduk support.  Third, Nabu, Marduk’s heir, was rumoured to be hiding in either of the two cities.  Nergal, who was charged with directly conducting the nuclear attack,   had vowed that he would nuke the entire expanse of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with a view to ensuring that Nabu was no more.

“The Mesopotamian (Sumerian) cities I won’t touch,” he said. “The coastal towns (those along the Mediterranean seaboard) I will live alone. I shall annihilate the son (Nabu), and let the father (Marduk) bury him. Then I shall kill the father, and let no one bury him. The lands they (Marduk and Nabu) covet will vanish, the sinning cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) I will upheaval! To the place of the gods, access he shall not have: the place from where the Great Ones ascend (spaceport) I shall upheaval” This was despite Ninurta’s protestation to his partner in the unfolding crime that, “Valiant Nergal, will you the righteous destroy with the unrighteous?

Will you destroy those who have against you sinned together with those who against you have not sinned?” It was ironic that an Enkite, a clan known for its tender-heartedness and an abiding affinity for mankind, seemed crueler than an Enlilite, a clan known for its cold heartedness and harshness toward mankind

It is also significant that Josephus had to make mention of the fact that the nuclear strike was necessary so that nothing grew from the soil of Sodom and Gomorrah. Why was that important?  Well, Marduk had mainstreamed the use of Ormus, or monoatomic gold dust, in Canaan.  Thus Canaanite soil  was by then very  rich in gold dust thanks to irrigation with Ormus-rich Dead Sea water), which in turn made the plants growing in it  rich in gold dust too. So in order for the land to be permanently rid of the Ormus richness, it had to be nuked since a nuclear bomb is capable of denaturing the land completely, at least for hundreds of years. 

The first target of the nuclear strike was the spaceport. This was in order to ensure Marduk’s forces did not have prompt access to it. Apparently, being the Enlilites’ most strategic place on the planet, the spaceport always had anti-ballistic missiles primed. However, Nergal was concerned that if the spaceport was struck first, it would make the likes of Nabu flee Sodom or Gomorrah in the nick of time. It was in deference to this concern that Ninurta decided to enter the lists. The attacks would be made almost simultaneously.

Ninurta would target the spaceport and Nergal the “sinning cities”. Of the two, it was Nergal who relished the resultant bloodbath. “The people I will make vanish, their souls shall turn to vapour,” he boasted sadistically and this was the son of the benevolent Enki. But was Nabu actually holed up somewhere in the sinning cities?  Unbeknownst to Nergal and Ninurta, Nabu was nowhere near Sodom and Gomorrah at that juncture.  “While the two argued, Nabu was not sitting still,” say the Sumerian chronicles. 

“From his temple (in Borsippa, Sumer), to marshal all his cities he set his step, toward the Great Sea (Mediterranean) he set his course.  The Great Sea he entered, sat upon a throne that was not his.”  Nabu was not only converting the western cities:  he was taking over the Mediterranean islands and setting himself up as their ruler, convinced in his heart of hearts  that it was just a matter of time before his father Marduk was enthroned as the God of Earth!

GIBIL TIPS MARDUK ON IMMINENT DISASTER

Nergal was so eager to detonate the bomb that even before Ninurta had reported to him regarding the findings of his spies during the visitation on Lot, he had already left for Africa to commence on the process of activating the bombs. The nuclear bombs were kept somewhere in Africa in an underground bunker in the territory of Gibil, Enki’s third son.

The Enlilites were so secretive that not even Gibil was aware a site in his domain had been used to stash weapons of mass destruction. The Sumerian records say the bombs were seven in total but there must have been many more: seven was simply the number that was requisitioned to Nergal. The moment Gibil got wind of the catastrophe   what was looming over Canaan, he immediately contacted Marduk in Babylon and asked him to rush forth pronto. 

The Anunnaki had blindingly fast flying saucers and so it took Marduk only a few hours to pitch. Gibil then sat him down and told him  Nergal and Ninurta were putting finishing  touches to a scheme to nuke Sodom, Gomorrah and  the spaceport. “The wickedness of those seven (atom bombs) against thee is being laid," Gibil informed his brother. When Marduk asked him where the weapons were kept so he could foil  the machinations of Nergal and Ninurta, Gibil said he didn’t know exactly but they were kept in an underground facility somewhere  on his territory. 

“Those seven, in the mountain they abide. In a cavity inside the earth they dwell. From there, with a brilliance they will rush forth. From earth to heaven, clad with terror.” An alarmed Marduk, who was hearing this for the  first time, grew frantic: he decided to go and see his all-knowing father Enki as there was a chance he knew where the bombs were hidden.  "To his father Enki's house he Marduk entered," the Sumerian records say.

It was night time when Marduk touched down at Eridu and an  aging  Enki was reclining on a couch right in  his bed chamber.  "My father," Marduk said, "Gibil this word hath spoken to me: of the coming of the seven [weapons] he has found out."  Marduk proceeded to beseech his father to help him find the abominable underground arsenal where the bombs were kept. "Their place to search out, do hasten thou!" Sadly,  not even the phenomenally  brilliant Enki had an idea, not even a viable guess. 

IT WAS TIBBETS AND SWEENEY, ENOLA GAY AND BOCKSCAR

Somehow – it is not specified how – Marduk managed to get in touch with Nergal and demanded to know exactly what he and the Enlilites were up to. Nergal neither denied nor confirmed the nuclear scheme; instead, he demanded that Marduk at once leave Babylon and renounce his claim to Enlilship immediately. But to Marduk, that simply was inconceivable: as far as he was concerned, nothing in the universe could stand in the way of his ascendancy to the Lordship of Earth.

Arriving in Africa at the WMD site, Ninurta found that an all-too-eager Nergal had already “primed the seven awesome weapons with their poisons (nuclear warheads)”.   Nergal was even pacing up and down, muttering to himself that, “I’ll squash Nabu like a caged bird”. Nergal was firmly of the belief that Nabu was right in Sodom or Gomorrah and was busy converting people to his cause. 

The first thing the two did was to send radio messages to all the Enlilite gods that by daybreak the following morning, they should all be out  of Canaan. This message was primarily aimed at Nannar-Sin, Utu-Shamash, and Ninmah. Sin had a home in Canaan; Ninmah had a luxurious pad atop a mountain not far from the spaceport; and Shamash as spaceport commander was regularly found there too.

Next, they sent word to Tilmun, the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula, that all the Anunnaki who worked there should have deserted it by daybreak the following morning.  “The two (Nergal and Ninurta), incited to commit the evil, made its guardians (the spaceport Anunnaki) stand aside,” say the Sumerian records. “The  gods  of that place (Shamash and Ninmah) abandoned it: its protectors went up to the heights of heaven (Mars or Earth’s orbit).” By day end,  the duo had received the all-clear message.

It was game, set, and match. Early the following morning, a long while before dawn, Nergal and Ninurta climbed into their bomb-bearing fighter craft Ninurta and jetted off. “Behind him Nergal followed,” the Sumerian annals relate.  If Nergal was  Lt. Colonel Paul Tibbets, who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945, and Ninurta  was Major-General Charles Sweeney, who dropped his on Nagasaki, then Nergal’s craft was the infamous  Enola Gay and Ninurta’s was the Bockscar.

As per the agreed sequence of assaults, the first target was the spaceport,  “its command complex hidden in the Mount Most Supreme (Mount Mashu), its landing fields spread in the adjoining great plain”. The two bombers followed each other before they split ways. “To Mount Mashu Ninurta departed, behind him Nergal followed. The Mount and the plain, in the heart of the Fourth Region, Ninurta from the skies surveyed.”

As the two parted company, Ninurta radioed Nergal to bolster up his spirits in case they were  now flagging. Then with a “squeezing in his heart”, Ninurta zeroed in on Mount Mashu. Meanwhile, following the aviation path what was known as the King’s Highway, Nergal set course for Sodom.  “To the verdant valleys of the five cities he flew.”

ATOM BOMBS RAIN ON CANAAN AND SINAI PENINSULA

The offensive pace was set  not by Nergal but by Ninurta. Equipped with only two bombs, he made two strikes within minutes of  each other.  “Then the first terror weapon from the skies Ninurta let loose. The top of Mount Mashu with a flash it sliced off, the mount's innards in an instant it melted. That which was raised toward Anu to launch was caused to wither, its face was made to fade away, its place was made desolate.”

The second strike was aimed at the vicinities of the spaceport. “Above the Place of the Celestial Chariots spaceport),  the second weapon he unleashed. With a brilliance of seven suns the plain's rocks into a gushing wound were made …   The Spaceport was obliterated, the mount within which its controls were hidden smashed, the plain that served its runways obliterated.” Having accomplished his macabre deed, Ninurta then   raised his hand as he sat in his one-man cockpit and shouted, “It is done!”

It was now Nergal’s turn, which came just within seconds of the Ninurta deviltry as per their synchronized timings.  “Over the five cities, one after the other, Nergal upon each from the skies a terror weapon sent,” the Sumerian records inform  us. “Emulating Ninurta, the cities he finished off, to desolation he overturned them.” Only  hours later, as the first rays of the morning sun appeared, General Abraham was stupefied by what he saw when  he emerged from a slumber which never was. 

"And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood facing Yahweh, and he looked in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and    the region of the Plain; and he beheld there smoke rising from the earth as the smoke of a furnace." The work of Erra the Annihilator (as Nergal came to be know henceforth) and Ishum the Scorcher (as Ninurta came to be known from that  dark day onwards) was hard to process. But the blame ultimately  lay neither on Nergal nor Ninurta.

It was on the “god” who had okayed the perpetration of this unconscionable evil, the god who   “sat enthroned in loftiness” , who was “consumed with anger” at the Enkite gods whose only sin was to persist in their rightful claim to rule the planet.  This god was Enlil. In the Bible, he’s known as Jehovah, the god Christians worship day and night for his “loving kindness”, for his “tender mercies”.  This Earth, My Brother …   

NEXT WEEK:  THE NUCLEAR AFTERMATH

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The Daring Dozen at Bari

8th December 2020
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Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.

The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.

Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.

At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.

Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.

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A Strong Marriage Bond Needs Two

8th December 2020

Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).

This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.

In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.

Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?

Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.

POSITIVITY
Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.

“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)

We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

UNDERSTANDING

Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.

Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be.  You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

COMMITMENT

Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.

When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.

ACCEPTANCE

Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.

However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.”
“Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)

COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT

Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.

It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.

Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.

Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.

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Chronic Joblessness: How to Help Curtail it

30th November 2020
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The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.

It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.

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