A contentious co-existence between warring Annunaki clans descended from Enki and Enlil, came to an ironic and fateful end in 2024BC. Civilization literally fled Sumer in a race against deadly nuclear fallout. Enki's son, Marduk, threatened to control all the spaceports on Earth, an intolerable situation for Enlilites (Enlil's clan). In Sitchin student Sasha Lessin's Essay 41, "Sumer Dies; Marduk & Babylon Prevail". "In 2024BC, Nergal and Ninurta carried out Earth's first nuclear attack. Purpose of the attack: stop advance of Marduk and his son, Nabu, on the Sinai Spaceport. Enlil and the Anunnaki Council on Earth had ordered the attack; only Marduk's father Enki dissented..."
Enlil, banished to Africa for a time as punishment for rape, learned of the "Weapons of Terror" from Abgal, who had long ago hid them with Enki in a cave there. Sasha Lessin, in another essay, describes events immediately preceding and the fateful attacks:
"Enlil evacuated the Igigi Astronauts from the Sinai and sent Ninurta and Nergal (the 'angels' of the Bible) to confirm from his spys in Canaan--Ibruum [Abraham] and Lot--that they should bomb Sodom, Gomorra and other cities allied with Marduk. Enlil gave his spies time to flee, then ordered the attack.
2024 BC, Enlil's son Ninurta attacked the Sinai. "The first terror weapon [a
missile called One Without Rival] from the skies Ninurta let loose; the top of Mount Mashu [where the controlling equipment was housed] with a flash it sliced off, the mount's innards in an instant it melted.
Above the Place of the Celestial Chariots [rocketships] the second weapon [called Blazing Flame] he unleashed, with a brilliance of seven suns the plain's rocks into a gushing wound were made...with burnt and crushed stones was the plain of the chariots covered, of all the forests that the plain had surrounded, only tree stems were left standing. [Sitchin, Z., 2002, The Lost Book of Enki, page 310]"
Nergal bombed his brother Marduk's forces in Canaan [Enki sired both Marduk and Nergal; [sitchin, Z., 2002, The Lost Book of Enki, pages 315 - 316]: He nuked Sodom, Gomorra and three other cities Ibruum[Abraham] had identified as allied with Marduk. Nergal's nukes made the Dead Sea dead. To this day, "the water of springs surrounding the Dead Sea has been contaminated with radioactivity, `enough to induce sterility..in any animals and humans that absorbed it...'"
"In the aftermath...Nergal dictated to a trusted scribe his own version of the events, trying to exonerate himself. The long text is known as the Erra Epos, for it refers to Nergal by the epithet Erra (“The Annihilator”) and to Ninurta as Ishum (“The Scorcher”)."
Sitchin provided evidence for his view in a 2001 article, "The Case for The Evil Wind" and the pictured Tephra, a blackened volcanic-like rock in the Sinai where no volcano is located. Lessin writes in , " 2024BC: Fallout from Nergal and Ninurta's Nukes Kill Sumer;Spare Marduk's Babylon,":
"..an Evil Wind carried...From the Upper Sea, a stormwind began blowing, the dark-brown cloud eastward toward Shumer the death was carried. Wherever it reached, death to all that lives mercilessly it delivered.
The alarm Enlil and Enki to the gods of Shumer transmitted, Escape!
From their cities the gods did flee.
The people of the land by the evil storms hand were clutched. Those
who behind locked doors hid inside their houses like flies were
felled. Those who in the streets fled, int the streets were their
corpses piled up. Everything that lived perished." But
Babylon, "where Marduk his supremacy declared , by the Evil Wind was
spared." [sitchin, Z., 2002, The Lost Book of Enki, pages 312 - 313]"
Enki convinces Enlil to accept destiny of Marduk prevailing with the sparing of Marduk's Babylon from the Evil Wind as recorded on tablet 14 of the Lost Book of Enki:
"So did Enlil to his brother Enki say, then he the triumph of Marduk accepted.
Let the rank of fifty, by me for Ninurta intended, to Marduk instead be given,
Let Marduk over the desolation in the Regions his supremacy declare!
As for me and Ninurta, we will in his way no longer stand.
To the Lands Beyond the Oceans we will depart, what we had all had come for,
The mission to obtain for Nibiru gold we will complete!"
Nuclear wars conducted by ancient astronauts seem more real than ever? It's still a profound story - accusations of pseudoscience aside - with Sitchin's belief evidence of scarring on Sinai visible in satellite picture at left. The present day condition of Dead Sea where Sodom and Gomorrah are believed submerged under water at the south tip near "the tongue" of the sea as pictured right. Sumer came to an abrupt end. The first civilization known to mankind was gone even faster than it had risen!