Donald Rumsfeld Under Fire from Cyrus
Nov 17, 2006
On May 17, 2005 an American film director named Cyrus Kar was arrested in Iraq and treated like a terrorism suspect. He was Iranian by birth, but his parents had immigrated to America when he was two years old. When he grew up, he enlisted in the Navy. He was always a bit ashamed of his Iranian heritage and was often teased for it.
But then he learned more about the ancient King Cyrus and discovered that he was one of the original monarchs who had concepts about human rights. So he set out to make a film about him. He got all the paperwork together and went to Iraq to film the actual city of Babylon, which King Cyrus had conquered many years ago. He made the mistake of taking a taxi, driven by an Iraqi, who was carrying timers in the trunk of the taxi. He was detained at a check point, and that is where his problems began.
He apparently was taken to the infamous Abu Graib prison, where he received the same type of mistreatment and abuse given to other suspected terrorists. He had papers, of course, showing that he was an American citizen and a Navy Seal, and he asked to see someone from the American Embassy. But he was denied all these normal rights of an American citizen.
When the American Civil Liberties Union heard that he was being held in an American prison in Iraq and that officials refused to release him even after a polygraph test showed he was innocent, they filed a habeas corpus complaint on July 6, 2005 against President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. The BBC News reported,
"Mr. Kar is now imprisoned by the United States military in Iraq without the slightest hint of legal authority," said Mark Rosenbaum, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is filing the lawsuit on his behalf.
"Saddam Hussein has had more due process than Cyrus Kar. This is a detention policy that was drafted by Kafka."
He was then released a few days later on July 10, 2005. The article went on read,
Fellow film-maker Philippe Diaz described him as more right-wing than many of his colleagues, saying he "believed in everything which is American."
Recently he had become interested in film-making, and decided to make a documentary about the Persian King Cyrus the Great.
His sister, Anna Kar, said he had been ashamed of being Iranian.
"Reading about Cyrus the Great, he had felt a real sense of pride in what he thought was the real Iran - this tolerant, benevolent empire," she told the New York Times. "And he started on this quest."
It was this enthusiasm and determination which brought him to Iraq.
His final task for the film was to go to the ancient city of Babylon, which was once conquered by his regal namesake.
A year after his release, on July 7, 2006, Cyrus Kar filed a lawsuit against President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld for violating his constitutional rights, because he had been denied any legal council and had suffered abuse during his internment in the American prison.
I find this story to be of particular interest, because the journalist's name is Cyrus, and he is from Iran, which is ancient Persia. To me, this is an interesting sign of the soon-coming overthrow of Mystery Babylon. I do not know if this particular lawsuit will prove to be a deciding factor or not, but at the very least it is a sign of this coming overthrow of modern Babylon.
When President Bush ordered American troops to invade Iraq in 2003, he did not realize what he was doing prophetically. He was actually establishing the pattern for the overthrow of modern Babylon, Mystery Babylon, because Iraq is the territory of ancient Babylon.
When the initial bombing of Baghdad was called "Shock 'n Awe," I saw this as another interesting term. Who came up with that term? Surely it was someone who understood the Hebrew language, because this is the Hebrew pronunciation of Shekinah (i.e., the glory of God). The news magazines showed front-page pictures of huge bombs going off in Baghdad lighting up the night sky.
I saw it as a natural counterfeit of God's glory. The glory of God was being portrayed as the light of a bomb, rather than the Spirit of God. Nonetheless, counterfeits prophesy of the real yet to come. They follow the principle of "first the natural, then the spiritual." The natural event is a man-made, earthly pattern of a spiritual counterpart that comes later. And so, the Shock 'n Awe campaign of March 21, 2003 prophesied of the true Shekinah that is even now overthrowing Mystery Babylon.
By the way, this date, March 21, 2003 marked the end of the second 76-day period of cleansing in that year. Recall that each prophetic year begins with two 76-day periods leading to the Passover season. We have monitored this phenomenon for over 20 years. But in 2003, the two 76-day periods extended from (1) Oct. 21, 2002 to Jan. 5, 2003, and (2) Jan. 5 to March 21, 2003. These dates set the pattern for the prophetic events leading to the feast of Tabernacles of 2003.
As I wrote last week, the current 76-day period began on Nov. 8, 2006 and extends to Jan. 23, 2007. The second 76-day period ends on April 8/9, 2007. No doubt, I will have much more to say about this in the coming months, because there are many patterns for these dates established in previous years, particularly in 1983 and 1985 when the 76-day periods fell on precisely the same dates.
Perhaps after we are able to observe the events of January 23, we will have a better handle on the direction that this is taking this time around.
Dr. Stephen Jones