Vol: 96 Issue: 25 Friday, September 25, 2009
Some years back, my younger brother worked for a local plant that manufactured parachutes for both civilian and military customers. (He used to work there. Now the plant is in Mexico but that s a different story.)
Since that was where they made parachutes, my brother joined a local sky-diving club. He got pretty good at jumping out of airplanes; he made dozens of jumps without incident.
Until the first incident. Somehow, he got turned around or distracted — he was never been quite sure which. In any case, he didn t or couldn t pull his ripcord.
In skydiving, they call hitting the ground with your chute still neatly folded and packed thunderin in — and that s what he was doing when an automatic altimeter deployed his emergency chute just in time for him to land safely.
One of the guys he worked with told him that was the first time that altimeter gizmo worked properly they were still having problems with it back at the lab.
Disproving my working theory that my brother was dumber than a bag of hammers, he surprised me by deciding to take up fishing.
But I can only imagine what it must have been like for my brother at the moment he realized he was thunderin in everything suddenly accelerating, the ripcord oddly out of play. . . but the faster everything went, the more he said it felt like slow motion.
That sense of thunderin in — a helpless, sinking realization of everything so out of control at such breakneck speed that it feels like slow motion that is the sense that overwhelmed me as I was watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give his address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.
We ve already discussed Libya s Ghaddaffi and his 96 minute diatribe, and Iran s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad s invocation of the Mahdi to lead the Islamic hordes to victory against the Western infidel.
Libya s crazyman peppered his rant with accusations that the US engages in biowarfare while Iran s crazyman accused Israel of inhuman policies and of dominating global political and economic affairs .
It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions, he ranted.
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet. . . . (Ezekiel 38:5)
Last week, the Obama administration capitulated to Russian demands to abandon plans to install missile defense systems in the Czech Republic and Poland. The Bush administration fought hard to get the Czechs and Poles to go along in the face of an almost-livid Kremlin.
Regardless of the justifications offered since, the fact is that Obama backed down, leaving the Poles and Czechs twisting in the wind, and without Russia having to do a thing in return.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (Ezekiel 38:10)
Obama s speech to the UN made it painfully obvious that what is important to the Obama administration is for the world to like him, not respect him. (Oh, and America.)
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev made it equally obvious that Russia understood the Obama Code as articulated from the UN podium the day before.
He, (Obama) stated that no single country can or should attempt to dominate another, Medvedev said. This is absolutely right. However, these agreed approaches need to be implemented in some way.
The Russians couldn t agree more no country should attempt to dominate another. Except . . . Irresponsible regimes should not have any opportunity whatsoever to cause disputes between other countries, Medvedev added.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)
There were 2,540 news stories returned to me using the keywords Netanyahu UN speech according to Google s news aggregator. However, the only ones I got to read there are the four Google selected for its main page.
Clicking on the link to the 2,450 stories behind them took me to the list of stories about Obama and Iran. To get beyond the four stories selected by Google (is it a coincidence the first one was from Manar the Palestinian News Agency?) I had to go to Yahoo.
Interesting. . . .
Netanyahu blistered the assembled UN delegates who gave audience to Ahmadinejad after his denial of the Holocaust and his threats to annihilate the Jewish state.
But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?”
“A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.”
“What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You’re wrong.
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land . . .
I literally wept as Netanyahu restated his nation s case against the United Nations;
“When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense. What legitimacy? What self-defense?”
“The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us my people, my country – of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!
Netanyahu accused the UN Human Rights Council of morally hanging, drawing and quartering Israel and giving it an unfair trial, to boot.
By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:3)
When my brother failed to open his chute on time, the spectators on the ground knew it probably before he did by the time that he realized he was thunderin in, it was too late. Had the altimeter fail-safe not fired at the last moment, he d have rode it all the way to the ground.
Taking the various speeches at this year s UN General Assembly as a whole, there is that same sense that we re thunderin in.
Iran all but declared war on Israel from the podium of the UN General Assembly while most of the delegates sat politely and nodded.
The US has taken itself out of the debate, promising instead to disarm and disengage so that soon the whole world will be our friend, thanks to Barack Hussein Obama.
Israel didn t just plead for peace, it gave the United Nations one last chance to prove itself before . . . and that s where they left it.
The whole world is thunderin in over Israel and Iran — and this General Assembly was the altimeter fail-safe.
I don t think it fired in time.