There are many articles and many opinions about the failure of Nostradamus to predict anything in our time (or for the last twenty years or so for that matter). Amazingly enough, a number of Nostradamus quatrains have actually been fulfilled in our century ... prophecies I wondered about but didn't do enough research to confirm, as well as prophecies I failed to take note of at all, forgot about, or dismissed as "almost but not quite."
The quatrains I am about to discuss were fulfilled in their entirety, every sentence, every line ... every word. In some cases I did not know they were fulfilled because some of the events in them were NOT reported by most news services until YEARS later.
The Execution Of Saddam Hussein
At the Selin port the tyrant put to death, freedom not yet recovered:
The new War by vengeance and remorse, Lady honored by force of terror.
Therefore, the tyrant is unnamed.
But when taken together with all the other elements of the quatrain, we know the tyrant was Saddam.
Selin is a Greek word and can also be spelled "Celin." Selin means "moon" (the Moon). It is closely related to the Greek name "Selena" (Goddess of the moon). Thus the "Selin port" is the "Moon port."
Rather than an execution at a future lunar colony, it has been accepted that the moon in this case is the crescent moon as symbol.
In ancient times it was a symbol for the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and also for the Roman goddess Diana (Greek goddess Artemis). In Roman Catholicism the moon crescent was instead applied to the Virgin Mary and also to The Woman of the Apocalypse found in Chapter 12 of Revelation.
Later, however, the crescent moon began appearing at the tops of many Ottoman era mosques and also as an emblem on military flags by Islamic armies during the late Middle Ages and into the Renaissance period. The crescent moon was adopted as a symbol by the Ottoman empire and in the official emblem a star was added to the crescent. Europeans and others in the West began making associations between Islam and the crescent moon in the 20th century. This symbolism was eventually embraced by movements of Arab nationalism and Islamism, although rejected to this day by Muslim scholars.
Although Nostradamus does refer to "Diana" and "Artemis" in some of his prophecies, "Selin" is often used as a symbol for the crescent moon of the Ottomans or of Islam. Thus the port could either be Turkish or Mesopotamian.
In this case, the "Selin port" where the tyrant Saddam was hanged was the port of al-Kazimiyah (also Kadhimiya or Kazimain), a northern neighborhood of the city of Baghdad, Iraq. It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city's center, on the west bank of the Tigris. It is a Tigris River PORT.
US troops were reintroduced by President Obama in June 2014 to aid the Iraqis and the Kurds who were being systematically slaughtered by ISIS ... and have remained there under the Trump administration with one eye on Syria's Bashar al-Assad and the other on Iran and Iranian actions in Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, and the Gulf.
But what of the last line? Who was or is the "lady?" Here is a subject that was not heavily reported at the time of Saddam's execution or for some time after.
The "lady honored through force of terror" was his daughter, Raghad Hussein, also known later as "Terror Godmother."
Hussein is listed on Iraq's most wanted list of individuals alongside 59 others. It also features 28 ISIL fighters, 12 from Al-Qaeda and 20 from the Baath party, giving details of the roles they play in their organisations, the crimes of which they are suspected, and, in most cases, photographs."
It was there all the time but could not be seen. And this, sadly, has turned out to be a problem with other Nostradamus prophecies: the problem of the seemingly missing element. Another related quatrain continues the tale between two rivers, this time including both Syria and Iraq, ISIS and Raghad Hussein once again.