THE MIDDLE EAST: Year of the Locust

"The land is as the garden of Eden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness . . . Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoured the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array . . . The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble; the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining."

Like the prophet Joel, the Iranians, who reported 90 swarms of locusts invading their country last week, saw them as...

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