Now that most of the major battles in the Iraqi conflict for the principle cities are over, it's time to reexamine some predictions and see how they fit with what actually happened. In Athena's Mar. 28th edition, we examined the passage of the final deadline laid down by President Bush on March 19th,
"With the strength of the Grand Trine, there is little doubt about the short impact of the war. It will be won by the coalition forces, and in comparatively short order."
Naturally, this has come to pass, but the long term implications of this move will continue to be felt well into the future.
In our Oct. 12th, 2001, edition we looked to the future and talked about the recent turn of events in the aftermath of the Sept. 11th assault. Based upon the US natal map, we had entered a long term Void of Course period, which would last until the end of 2004. Specifically,
"Under V/C energy, things don't go as planned. What you think will happen, organize or engage goes off track, and new, unexpected directions emerge. As we listen to proposed governmental invectives, know that they won't turn out like that. This V/C period is occurring while the progressed Sun is passing through the 3rd house, so specifically our trade policies, the travel industry in general, and the ability to properly protect our borders (neighbors) will be some of the areas where we tend to lose our focus. Under afflicted Aquarian alignments, we fight for peace or use inhumanitarian means to bring about a new humanity, and other oxymorons. It's an exciting time, partly because people are nuts."
The implications of these words are evident in retrospect. What we have squandered is lives, resources and prosperity. States are now facing their worst budgetary crisis since WWII, and the Bush administration has passed from a budget surplus to a deficit in record short order. At a time when frugality was called for, our leadership took a powerful gamble, and placed all it's chips on a war on terrorism, designed in part to open fossil fuel trade routes through Afghanistan and Iraq.
As we followed some of the weekly aspects of the war recently, we noted in the Apr. 4th edition Mars's alignment to the US Sun Saturn square. We focused on the sandstorm and how the US military effort was slowed down as the effectiveness of our air power was minimized. What we didn't mention was Saturn also deals with governments, and as Mars squared Saturn, the US lashed out at both Syria and Russia for allowing military materiel to pass to the Iraqis, a charge denied by both countries. In our Apr. 11th edition, we predicted that as Saturn squared the US Midheaven on Apr. 19th,
On the 19th, all six of Iraq's neighbors ended a conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in which they criticized the US for it's allegations against Syria and cemeted their support for a full-blown defense of that country, together with agreeing to oppose the lifting of UN sanctions against Iraq until a legitimate government, formed by Iraqis, was in place. The six nations stood united against event short-term military occupation of Iraq.