SCRATCH THIS PIECE OF REAL ESTATE: BABYLON, THE BIBLE, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ.

Biblical Babylon is a geographic location with a spiritual signification. It is, if we wish, the power point of connection between Satan and Man, the epitome of every religio-political movement that elevates itself against the love of God, the motivation behind every religiously motivated murderer and persecutor from Cain in the year dot to the intense religious persecutions of the 20th-21st Centuries. And it has a (symbolic only) geographic location. The geographic site is purely symbolic. (Jeremiah 51; Revelation 18)

It is located very approximately 100km south of modern Baghdad. There have been rumoured and real plans in the past to develop this site as a tourist destination. One such rumoured (or definite?) plan was put to rest by an earlier Gulf War, when Iraq under Saddam Hussein inexplicably and suicidally invaded Kuwait. He was evicted by U.S - led forces. Doubtless that was not the first inexplicable decision with implications for this site. Saddam Hussein's renewed plans for Babylon were thwarted by the 2003 US led invasion. The site of ancient Babylon will never be settled or developed in the Western concept of that term. The site is in the Baghdad Region, the region of current turmoil in Iraq.