It appears that a Libyan Prince (i.e. not
yet a King), who is well educated as well as has diplomatic abilities and
who is acceptable to the west, will mediate (translate the Arab language
into French - if we don't take it too literally) between the Arab and the
French. The quatrain mentions that something would happen which would cause
tensions between the Arabs and the French. Seen in this context, it is
apparent that to "translate Arab language into French" in this context does
not simply have a literal meaning but may mean that the person concerned
would act in a mediatory role between the Arab and the French during the
discord. No further indications regarding the cause of the tension is given
by Nostradamus nor is it mentioned whether he would be successful in
mediating. But some characteristics of the "Prince" is given.
Nostradamus's use of the word "Prince"
means that the person concerned is not yet a "King" when he embarks upon the
venture. That is to say, he is not yet the supreme leader of the country.
Yet, he is substantially influential among the Arabs as well as in the
western nations so as to be an acceptable mediator. It is also mentioned
that he will be "learned in letters" i.e. a person having an above-average
education. It is also apparent that the person has an inclination for jobs
involving negotiation and mediation and probably has previous experience in
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of
Colonol Gaddafi (oldest son from second wife) is widely believed to be the
successor of the Libyan President. When Libya declared that it would destroy
its WMDs, it was Saif who gave a
statement, to the media although he did not hold any
official post in the Libyan government.
The profile of Saif is available from a
statement which was submitted by him on 5th December, 2000 read
counter-statement by one Dr. Mansour O. El-Kikhia
during a case between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Telegraph Group Limited,
London. Reading it will will make it clear that Saif Al-Islam fits the
description well of the "Prince" of Libya mentioned by Nostradamus in the quatrain
III.27. The increasing acceptability of Libya in the west after the
Lockerbie claim settlement and its announcement of the discontinuation of
the WMD program makes such a mediatory role by Libya more probable. Apart
from being the heir-apparent of the Libyan President and highly educated,
Saif, who turned 31 during 2003 already has a substantial amount of exposure to
diplomacy and negotiations. A summary is provided below :
Education - Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi
is highly educated by any standards. He completed B.Sc in Engineering
Science at the Al-Fateh University in Tripoli in 1994, the main university
in Libya. He also knows several western languages. In his own
words "I have always been interested in foreign languages, and I have been
able to do several foreign language courses, in French, German and English,
in particular while I was in Austria but also during my first degree". He
also completed military service after 1994. Having passed an interview and,
subsequently, a TOEFL test, he was admitted to IMADEC University at Vienna,
Austria in May 1998 for an MBA course from which he graduated in September
2000. He is now studying global governance at the prestigious London School
Diplomacy : Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi
was involved in the negotiation for release of western hostages captured by
Abu Sayyaf rebels (considered having links with Al-Qaeda) in Philippines on
behalf of the
Gaddafi International Charity Foundation (GICF) founded by
him in 1997. A huge amount was alleged to be transferred to the Abu Sayyaf
rebels by him, purportedly for the release of the western hostages. GICF is
involved in assisting Muslims being "persecuted" in various parts of the
world. He was involved, in December 1999, in trying to persuade the MNLF and
me MILF (two organizations representing Muslims in the Philippines but with
differences in objectives) to cease fighting with each other and to unite.
He is known throughout the Arab world and has also traveled to many Arab
countries including the UAE, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia,
sometimes as the representative of his father. His was also involved in the
evacuation of families of some Taliban supporters from Afghanistan through
Pakistan to Tripoli during 2001. He had also been on a diplomatic mission to
Germany and other countries. His charity was also instrumental in
negotiating a $2.7 billion deal over the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over
Lockerbie, Scotland. In fact he, on many occasions acted as an informal
foreign minister for his father. His increasingly high profile at home and
abroad has fuelled speculation that his father, who is in his early 60s and
has been in power for 34 years, was grooming him as heir-apparent although
he continues to dismiss reports he was being groomed to succeed his father
as “western journalists making stories”.
It would not be out of context to look
into two prophecies of Nostradamus where he seems to indicate a Libyan
invasion of Italy.
qui les dieux d'Annibal infernaux,
Fera renaistre, effrayeur des humains.
Oncq' plus d'horreur ne plus pire iournaux,
Qu'auint viendra par Babel aux Romains.
who the infernal gods of Hannibal
will cause to be reborn, terror of mankind
never more horror nor worse of days
in the past than will come to the Romans through Babel.
Interestingly, one of the sons of Libyan
President Colonel Gaddafi and brother of Saif Al-Islam is named Hannibal.
Another quatrain, probably also related to the above, seems to indicate a
Libyan invasion of Italy.
De l'Orient viendra le coeur Punique
Fascher Hadrie, & les hoires Romulides,
Acompagne de la classe Libique,
Temples Melites & proches Isles vuides.
From the Orient will come the Punic heart
to vex Adria and the heirs of Romulus,
accompanied by the Libyan fleet,
Malta trembling and the neighboring isles empty.
Here is a Reuters article on Saif Al-Islam
published on 22nd