The best selling author of “The DaVinci Code” has a fantastic doomsday scenario right before his eyes. The Arab Spring. It began like a Hallelujah Chorus, went off key In Egypt, and is now becoming a bloody dirge in Syria. You know, the very corner of the world where, the same Bible Dan used, apocalyptically predicted long ago the world would come to a fiery end in the battle of Armageddon.
Unlike Egypt and Libya, Syria lies right smack in the middle of the world’s geographic, religious, and big-power confrontations. Dare we say it is reminiscent of Europe in June 1914 when one spark in a Sarajevo assassination lit the flames of World War I. Today — 100 million deaths later — everyone from power players like Henry Kissinger to Evangelicals like Billy Graham warn about World War III.
But Dan…? You have not stepped up and written about what YOU think…! Maybe you’re holding back to see if competing doomsday scenarios make a better plot. Say like the Mayan prediction for December 21, 2012 or our own home-grown Rapture and Survivalist communities. Your plot pickings are numerous, although this time you have to wonder how many of us will be left to buy your book.
Even if not a certified professional in the prediction game, may I advance one modest prediction? When CNN covers these revolutions and their terrible cost in human life, their cameras are always on the suffering individuals. You know, like our 10 PM newscasts love to focus on the terrified victims, the broken bodies, the wailing mothers holding sons in their arms. To be sure, we are always drawn to the intensely personal sides to these shattering events.
But here’s another prediction. Not one in a hundred presidents, prime ministers, or generals will give a tinker’s damn about the personal side to what’s coming. It’s the profits, Dan, it’s the profits that are at stake. So when you start writing, baby, follow the money….!
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