She will never be inhabited,Nor will she be a place to reside in throughout all generations.No Arab will pitch his tent there,And no shepherds will rest their flocks there.Jeremiah 15:30" Because of the indignation of Jehovah she will not be inhabited;She will become utterly desolate.Anyone passing by Babylon will stare in horrorAnd whistle because of all her plagues."
People like to claim that since Suddam Hussein and The U.S. army built places of residence there than this prophecy is now false. Well Regarding suddam huessein it's interesting to know that
"it is estimated that Saddam himself only visited the palace once or twice before being arrested following the U.S. invasion. It is thought that he probably never even spent the night."
Now regarding the U.S. setting up a base there, surely this would seem like it woold contradict scripture, which is a reasonable assumption. But fortunatly for God's people, he left us a non-contradictory way of explaining this.
First lets look at a similar prophecy regarding the Land of Edom.
Isaiah 43:10"By night or by day it will not be extinguished; Its smoke will keep ascending forever. From generation to generation she will remain devastated; No one will pass through her forever and ever"
Jeremiah 49:20 Therefore hear, O men, the decision*that Jehovah has made against E′dom and what he has thought out against the inhabitants of Te′man: Surely the little ones of the flock will be dragged away. He will make their dwelling place desolate because of them.
Malachi 1:3"and E′sau[Another name for Edom] I hated; and I madehis mountains desolate and left his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.”"
And now we get to ice the Cake, What is said in the verse following #3 ?
Malachi 1:4"“Though E′dom says, ‘We have been shattered, but we will return and rebuild the ruins,’ this is what Jehovah of armies says, ‘They will build, but I will tear down, and they will be called “the territory of wickedness” and “the people whom Jehovah has forever condemned.”"
So even though God already said no one will inhabit the land, he is still acknowledging that Edom will be attempted to be rebuilt. It's clear When God said no one will inhabit the land, He's clearly talking about long-term productivity. Those who attempt to override his prophecy will have there efforts crushed.
Now the reason why I brought up the prophecy regarding Edom, is to connect what the meaning of God making a place desolate is. Now regarding the U.S. Military, it's clear that they had no goal of making it a place to live. It was only a temporary base. But I find it interesting how God used them to fullfill his plans! What do I mean by this? Well alot of effort has been place in order to restore the Ancient Babylon. But what role did The U.S. have in fulfilling God's plan? The Following is a quote from Wikipedia
""caused substantial damage to the Ishtar Gate, one of the most famous monuments from antiquity [...] US military vehicles crushed 2,600-year-old brick pavements, archaeological fragments were scattered across the site, more than 12 trenches were driven into ancient deposits and military earth-moving projects contaminated the site for future generations of scientists [...] Add to all that the damage caused to nine of the moulded brick figures of dragons in the Ishtar Gate by soldiers trying to remove the bricks from the wall."
"The head of the Iraqi State Board for Heritage and Antiquities, Donny George, said that "[the] mess will take decades to sort out"
So God really will make sure Babylon remains plagued. Given the non-contradictory biblical proof showing how God made Babylon desolate, i'm sure there will still be those who wont accept it because they don't want to use God's definition. Which is understandable because they simply don't know how to accept(or they just don't want to).