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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: My Babylonian Empire
By Karri Compton
09/10/06


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It is not over. God is on our side, and Satan is on the side of the United States. I still believe this.

My surroundings are but a surreal dream. I have fought long and hard for my immense power, and though my intellect and instinct rival those of any human, I had no idea such events would come to pass. How could I, President Saddam Hussein, be sitting in a rotten infidel jail? It is treason. No, worse, for I am supreme ruler of my country and intend to be back there in short order.

I have accomplished so much for my name. It appears everywhere in my Babylonian kingdom etched into my fortified walls. My mindís eye can still see the beloved bricks, built above Nebuchadnezzarís original ones, which say: "In the era of Saddam Hussein, protector of Iraq, who rebuilt civilization and rebuilt Babylon."

Already constructed stand more than one temple, an amphitheater and several walls of the Procession Street. The new Ishtar Gate displays beautiful blue tiles and images of Marduk. What I long for most is my elegant four-story palace on a hill overlooking the Euphrates. There, the masses may gaze at my magnificence. Ancient Babylon, with its Hanging Gardens, has seen nothing compared to the glory of my empire.

It was said that I could not build over the ancient ruins, but I did just that, asserting my supremacy, as I deserved to. Of course a king like myself in the tradition of Nebuchadnezzar would erect a kingdom better than that of his predecessors, graced with unparalleled architecture, vast lakes, gardens and orchards. Where else but in the cradle of civilization can a dynasty rise from the dust and become the envy of all nations?

Yes, in time, I will return as ruler and resume the rebuilding of the modern-day Babylon. Those who dare stop me will pay dearly, as many already have. The land will no longer be made waste. Instead, it will be a luxurious garden, a testament to its all but immortal leader, and I will again sit on the throne of Iraq, an oasis for the Middle East.

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On the day the Lord gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended! (Isaiah 14:3-4)
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Interesting references:

http://architecture.about.com/cs/countriescultures/a/saddamspalace.htm

http://uppermansblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/babylon.html

http://worldnews.about.com/od/iraq/a/saddam_quotes.htm


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Jan Ross09/16/06
Goodness ... what a different perspective! It is a bit "light" on the topic but interesting nonetheless. God bless! :)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/16/06
Because of one man's thoughts of grandeur...No! because of two men's thoughts of power, thousands and thousands of innocent people have died. Go figure. But this story has many things to ponder, but a bit shy of the topic Garden.
Donna Haug09/16/06
I would never have thought of writing something for 'garden' from the point of Sadaam Hussein!! Very creative!
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/16/06
Very creative. This really made me think. I'd forgotten that Iraq was Babylon, and that verse really brings things into perspective...
Dolores Stohler09/18/06
Aren't you the brave one! I hope you're not on his side,lol. But very well said from his p.o.v.
P.S. You forgot to mention your quote is from the NIV. I believe that's in the rules.
david grant09/19/06
Wow! Didn't know Sadam was an FW contributor! I wonder if he's a "500" member? Anyway, you caught me in that first paragraph when you said Satan was on the side the United States. Good job. An Iraqi DAVEY for you!
Karri Compton09/20/06
Of course I'm not on his side. :) He makes me angry and writing this was therapy for me, and hopefully food for thought for everyone else. Sorry about forgetting to list the translation.

And thanks for the Davey! My first ever!