War to start by April 8, say top Thai astrologers

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  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2003

BANGKOK: After thumbing charts and calculating planetary positions, Thailand's top mystics have settled on April 8 as the last possible date for the launch of a US-led war on Iraq. 

Mars, the planet symbolising war, was at its closest point to earth in 76,000 years this year so war was inevitable, four top Thai astrologers told a public symposium yesterday. 

Mars would be at its closest point to earth on April 8, but war could start as soon as the end of March because Uranus was in Aquarius, Pinyo Phongcharoen, president of the 6,000-member National Astrological Association of Thailand, told Reuters Television. 

“The United States will win the war but it won't be as short as they expect. It will drag on for months and months,” he said. 

“At the end of this year Saddam Hussein will be squeezed and toppled by the people closest to him. But it's unclear whether he will die.” 

Pinyo, who correctly predicted the 1997 Asian economic crisis but failed to see the Sept 11 attacks on the United States, said the economic fallout from the war would be huge. 

“Economic problems will be everywhere, but will mostly hit the warring parties: Iraq, the United States and Britain, and the Middle East,” said Pinyo, who is consulted by a number of Thai politicians. 

“They (the problems) will reach Thailand. We'll have big problems with high oil prices and our exports will fall.” 

But the war would be followed by a long period of peace, Pinyo said. “There can be long-lasting peace afterwards, with Jupiter entering the orbit of Uranus.” – Reuters 

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