A nuclear holocaust?

An American clairvoyant believes that the Third World War will begin between May 13 and October 13 this year. Horacio Villegas sees war clouds gathering around the world and warns us to be prepared for a nuclear holocaust. The major players are the US, Russia and China while North Korea and Syria are powder kegs, says the psychic in a chilling warning.

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Madhusudhana Rao S

Believe it or not, the countdown for World War III has started! That’s what an American clairvoyant claims and his chilling predictions are being flashed all over the world, particularly in the social media.

The clock is ticking for the start of the Third World War, the mystic Horacio Villegas, who is said to have accurately predicted the victory of Donald Trump as US President way back in 2015, said. He told British newspaper Daily Star recently that the war would start between May 13th and October 13, 2017. The self-proclaimed ‘supernatural being’ said his calculations were based on prophesies, visions and study of the Bible.

Without mincing words, the psychic explained to the Daily Star: “On the 100th anniversary of the visitation of Our Lady of Fatima – the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus – which is May 13, the World War III will begin … Between May 13th and October 13, 2017, this war will occur and be over with much devastation, shock and death! I saw balls of fire falling from the sky and hitting the Earth in my dream (vision)”.

Interestingly, Villegas saw the spark that would trigger the WWIII. He foresaw an American attack on Syria that would suck Russia, China and North Korea into the conflict. (It’s not clear whether he was referring to Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria earlier this month).

Villegas also foresees the US attacking North Korea in the widening of the conflict. He corroborates his prophecies with those made by French clairvoyant Nostradamus in the 16th century. Nostradamus had said, “Mabus will soon die, and then will come, a horrible undoing of people and animals, at once one will see vengeance, one hundred powers, thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.”

Villegas thinks Mabus is none other than Syrian President Bashar Al Assad who will be killed in a bomb attack which in turn will worsen the war. He told the Daily Star that “devastating attacks based on false information” would occur between April 13 and May 13 on Syria and North Korea” leading to the Third World War.

Call it a coincidence or the Stars are ganging up against the human beings, Villegas’ description of D-Day scenario followed President Trump’s surprise military actions in Syria and Afghanistan.

In the past fortnight, Trump surprised the global community with Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria, followed by dropping ‘Mother of all bombs’ on Islamic State hideouts in Afghanistan and dispatched an armada to Korean waters to warn North Korea against testing a nuclear device. The triple action has the familiar ring of the shock-and-awe military strategy followed by former President George W Bush against Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.

On April 6, 2017, Trump had ordered a devastating missile strike against an air base in Syria to ‘punish’ President Bashar Al Assad for unleashing terror on his own civilian population with chemical bombs. The number of casualties, estimated in hundreds, has been disputed. In fact, Syria challenged the American claim that the government forces had used the banned chemical agents to terrorize the people and blamed the rebels for the attack.

Whoever was responsible for the heinous crime, the world condemned it and perfunctorily called for resolution of the six-year-old civil war. But the most important point strategic analysts have not missed is the direct American intervention in Syria for the first time since 2011 when people started denouncing and revolting against the Bashar regime.

Whether Trump has walked into another quagmire in Middle East with Tomahawk strikes only history could tell. But as of now, it seems the missile attack is one-off, although the proxy war is going on between Washington and the Kremlin on Syrian battlefields. Post-strike, Trump’s Syrian policy is non-committal. He merely said, he had ordered the missile strike because he was moved by the horrible images of children and women choking on poison gas. Could it be considered as a reflex action to teach a totalitarian regime a lesson or send a strong signal that the Big Brother is watching and doesn’t hesitate to step in?

Six days later, on April 13, the US dropped the ‘Mother of all Bombs,’ said to be the most powerful conventional bomb in the Super Power’s arsenal, on a cave cluster of Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan. Again, it was a surprise, coming on the heels of intense Syrian strike. However, there was a difference between the two: while the Syrian missile attack was carried out on Trump’s order, the Pentagon unleashed the fury of the ‘Mother of all Bombs’ on ISIS fighters under additional powers Trump had given it to use extra fire power whenever and wherever the military deemed it necessary.

While the missile attack and the bombing mission were aimed at decapitating the Islamic fighters operating from these two countries, Trump has decided to confront another ‘rogue’ nation North Korea. On April 10, he dispatched a US Navy strike group to waters near the Korean Peninsula. Led by USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, the armada consists of two guided missile destroyers, a guided missile cruiser and an attack submarine. By any stretch of imagination, it was not a part of war preparedness, but a warning to North Korean leaders who are threatening to test a powerful nuclear device and conducted several missile tests with a warning to the US.

Pyongyang’s tactics are not new and its neighbours and allies like China are familiar with North Korean leaders’ jingoistic talk, particularly at the time of national celebrations. It’s no different this time. But what the North Korean helmsman Kim Jong-un has not realized is the man sitting in the White House is a maverick and brooks no nonsense.

Ever since North Korea has embarked upon its ambitious missile and nuclear weapons program in the 1990s, the West, led by the US, has been warning North Korea against developing ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and their launchers. Saying the interests of the US and its Asian allies like Japan and South Korea are threatened by North’s weapons program, Washington has been trying to rein in Pyongyang through UN sanctions and multi-country talks without much success. North Korea’s forte is sabre-rattling and aggressive military posturing to deter the US from initiating strong action.

In recent months, North Korea has tested many missiles –short, medium and long – and paraded them on April 15 at celebrations marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country’s founding father Kim Il Sung as a show of its military might. It is also preparing for another such celebration on April 25 to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military and it is expected that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would order a nuclear test to coincide with the event.

President Trump is concerned about North Korea’s ‘threats to free world” and conveyed US unease to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during the latter’s American visit on April 7. US officials know, of course, that China would do nothing against North Korean interests, particularly in security and geopolitical matters.

Not surprisingly, a day after US missile strikes against Syria, North Korea had declared it would strengthen its air defences and stressed the need for nuclear weapons to protect itself against US moves towards war.

Meanwhile, both China and Russia are watching the movements of American Navy ships in Korean waters amidst reports of Trump seeking suggestions from top advisors on “removing the “threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea.”

Are war clouds gathering around the world? Villegas’ foreboding has gained traction with numerologists matching the dates of the beginning of the World War I and the US missile strike against Syria.

If we believe that history has a strange way of repeating itself, the United States plunged into WW I on April 6, 1917. Exactly a century later, the US struck Syria with missiles, an act Villegas believes would lead to WWIII.

Though there are no parallels between the circumstances prevailing at that time and now that compelled Washington to go into the first global conflict, doomsayers are quick to draw conclusions for two reasons: One, the mercurial and unpredictable behavior of President Trump. Two, his decision to strike military bases of Syrian government forces that looked like a knee-jerk reaction without thinking of the long-term consequences.

As analysts have pointed out, Trump had opposed direct American intervention in the Syrian conflict before he was elected President. None could explain why he had gone back on his earlier policy. Nevertheless, there was no applause for his derring-do either from Washington’s European allies or Arab friends in the Middle East because no leader is sure of his next move.

Whatever the consequences of his actions are, the doomsday scenario is not likely to dawn upon us in the next few months, if we go by what a Bulgarian psychic had said. Known as Baba Vanga, who died in 1996, had predicted the end of the world in 3797. Apparently, the visually impaired mystic had forecast 9/11, tsunami, emergence of ISIS, Arab Spring revolution, etc with 85 per cent accuracy.

OK. The world won’t end. But a war is still possible!

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