Zarqawi says Katrina ‘beginning of the end’ for US

AFP Sunday September 4, 03:12 PM

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Zarqawi says Katrina 'beginning of the end' for US
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DUBAI (AFP) – The group headed by Iraq’s most wanted man Abu Musab al-Zarqawi hailed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina as beginning of the end for the United States.

"It is the start of its collapse," said an Internet statement from the Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Land of Two Rivers, whose authenticity could not be verified.

"Congratulations to the Islamic nation, to our sheikh Osama abu Abdullah (Osama bin Laden), to our emir Mullah Mohammad Omar, to sheikh Ayman Zawahiri (bin Laden’s deputy)… for the destruction of America, which is at the forefront of evil."

The whereabouts of Al-Qaeda chief bin Laden and Mullah Omar, the leader of the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan, remain unknown.

"Just yesterday, America attacked, killed and starved whomever it liked. Today, it is begging for oil and food. America has been hit by a divine strike. The curses of the oppressed have been fulfilled," the Zarqawi statement said Sunday.

Thousands are feared dead after the hurricane that has laid waste to the southern US city of New Orleans.

Followers of the Jordanian-born Sunni Muslim extremist have claimed scores of deadly attacks in Iraq and he himself has a 25 million dollar US price on his head.

"There are signs of victory on the horizon. The anger of the Almighty has descended on the tyrants. Their deaths can be measured in the thousands, their material damage in the billions (of dollars)," the statement said.

"If Muslims are powerless to defend their religion, God is on the lookout (to punish) the oppressors."

there are just too many people that think this way. but Jesus wanst one of them.
when i read about judgement in the old testament, i usually see either war and invasion, or something supernatural that destroys everything and kills almost every one.
the flood, when God repented for making man, who had turned so wicked so fast, took out the whole population except noah and his family. it wasnt a lesson to teach anyone anything. it was house cleaning. 
the fire that came out of heaven and destroyed sodom and gomorrah completely destroyed those two cities, with only three who escaped. what if some of the other residents had left with lot and nt looked back? they would have escaped.
there was a  series of ten plagues that hit egypt right before the israelites departed. pharoah had the first four  duplicated by his wise men (how wise is it to duplicate a plague?). however no one was injured or killed, and the plagues hit jew and egyptian alike.
in the next six God said He was going to make a separation between His people and the egyptians. so the next plagues hit the egyptians only, and were so bad that the wise men couldnt duplicate them as they were hit too hard. in them, people died, livestock died, the grain was destroyed by hail, fire, and locusts. then there was darkness so black it could be felt. except in the houses of the israelites. then the firstborn all died, of man and beast, of anyone who did not have the lambs blood on the doorposts. all this was very severe, and expressly for the purpose of demonstrating that God is God to the egyptians. the israelites were not spared because they were better. they were spared because of the covenant.
in john 12:31 Jesus said "now is jugement come upon the world, now is the prince of this world cast out".
in luke 13:1-5 He tells the people that the blood of the galilaeans who pilate mixed with his sacrifices were not worse sinners than the rest, just because they died like that, and that the eighteen people who died when the tower of siloam fell on them were not worse sinners than the rest of the jews that they died like that. i guess He didnt think it was judgement.
there is a difference between judgement, the wages of sin, and just living in a hostile world.