According to Professor Yu Hsueh-hung terrorism will reach its peak in 2005 so the U.S. will suffer more deadly attacks than the 9/11 attack
A Taiwan astrologer has predicted that 2005 will be a year of bloodshed for the United States, but peace between Taiwan and China.
â€œTerrorism will reach its peak in 2005 so the U.S. will suffer more deadly terrorist attacks than the September 11 attack,â€ Professor Yu Hsueh-hung, 54, said in an interview this week with dpa.
â€œOsama bin Laden did not launch the attacks before the U.S. presidential election because he was waiting for the election result. If John Kerry won, bin Laden would adopt different tactics. But since Bush has won re-election, he will launch the attacks,â€ Yu said.
Bin Laden is likely to launch the attacks on the U.S. after the Chinese New Year holidays â€” a week-long festival starting on February 9 next year.
He said the attacks have been delayed because Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has just died and it is not suitable to mount the attacks now.
â€œUnlike the 9/11 attacks which hit only several targets in the U.S., this time there will be many attacks, mainly in the U.S. but also in Europe,â€ he said.
Yu based his prediction on the 1,500-year-old Tui Bei Tu (Push Back Chart), which predicts China and the worldâ€™s future and is Chinaâ€™s equivalent to French prophet Nostradamusâ€™s Centuries.
According to Tui Bei Tu, the chi â€” or energy â€” of the world completes a cycle every 60 years. Sixty years ago, the year 1945 not only saw the end of World War II, but also the fiercest of fighting between Japan and the Allied Forces.
The terrorist attacks will cause panic in the U.S. and hurt its economy, but the information technology (IT) industry in California will boom because Americans, scared by the terrorist attacks, will stay home â€” reading, studying and making purchases online.
While many companies will go bankrupt because of the terrorist attacks, war-related industries â€” iron and steel, gold, oil and the futures market - will benefit from them.
The terrorist attacks will lead to the re-arrangement of U.S. overseas-based troops and a re-distribution of global sphere of influence â€” both political and military.
The terrorism-caused war will last until the third quarter, possibly August. After 2005, there will be several yearsâ€™ peace in the world because the terrorists need a rest.
In the war between the U.S. and the terrorists, there will be no winner.
While the U.S. will be seized by terror in 2005, Asia will be an oasis and Asian countries will enjoy peace and stability.
â€œChina will not be involved in the war, but will continue its robust economic growth. Taiwan-China ties will improve and Taiwan may even lift the ban on postal, transport and trade links with China,â€ Yu said.
Yuâ€™s prediction runs counter to popular belief that Taipei-Beijing hostility will escalate in 2005 due to President Chen Shui-bianâ€™s push for Taiwanâ€™s independence.
Cross-Strait ties are at a critical juncture because Chinaâ€™s National Peopleâ€™s Congress is expected to pass the â€œanti-secession lawâ€ during its december 25-29 session, which will lay the legal basis for chinaâ€™s attacking Taiwan if Taipei seeks independence.
Yu ruled out military clashes in the Taiwan Strait because in 2005 the worldâ€™s attention will be on the terrorist attacks and no one will pay attention to squabbles between Taiwan and China.
Yu writes books and gives advice to large corporations. He bases his predictions on astrology, Feng Shui (Wind and Water), Ba Zi (conditions of oneâ€™s birth), Tui Bei Tu and Zi Wei Dou Shu (Chinese horoscope).
Yuâ€™s predictions for Asia match those of Lee Heng-li, 52, another Taiwan geomancer.
Lee foresees recovery and harmony in Asia because 2005 is the Year of Rooster and the rooster is a symbol of luck to Chinese.
â€œWhen the rooster crows, the day breaks and dawn comes, so it signifies hope and vitality for Asia,â€ he told dpa.
â€œIn Chinese, rooster is pronounced Ji which sounds like Ji Li (Luck) as well as Ji Chu (foundation), so 2005 will be a very good year. Economies in the Great China area will rebound and Taiwan and China will seek reconciliation,â€ he said.
Many Chinese believe in fortune-telling. Some visit fortune tellers when they are in trouble or need to make important decisions in life, like marriage or changing career. Others consult fortune tellers before the Chinese New Year begins to ask what they should do or should avoid doing in the coming year.
Chinese geomancers use many methods to make predictions about the new year, but all of them analyze the characteristics of the yearâ€™s symbolic animal. The Chinese zodiac has a 12-year cycle, each year being represented by an animal - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Last year Yu predicted that it was unlikely that the U.S. would catch bin Laden in 2004. The chance of catching bin Laden will still be very small in 2005, he said.
Taiwan astrologer predicts a year of bloodshed for U.S