(1 March 2011)
"About to go bust, and the 'Hidden Ones' of Psalms 83 War"
The boiling over point is close.Gas shoots to $9.67 a gallon in BritainFeb. 26, 2011Rising oil prices could stall states' recoveries Sun Feb 27 2011Rising oil prices could trample prospects for economic recovery in many states, three governors warned on Sunday, as a leading economist said they also threaten the country's economic comeback.
"There is nothing more threatening to our economic prospects than higher oil prices," Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi told the governors, calling it "our number one problem today."
Leaders in the United States and elsewhere have sprung into action, with members of Congress asking President Barack Obama to tap emergency reserves and Saudi Arabia saying it is willing to plug gaps in supply.
But they can't.
And the grades of crude are different, requiring different types of refining, not easily meet on a large scale.
The time taken to bring those Saudi barrels to the market is likely to be significantly longer compared to the ongoing Libyan production. Thus, the concept of a barrel for barrel replacement is not a correct one.
Psalms 83 Warverse 3:"They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones."Now who are the 'hidden ones'? The word hidden meaning- concealed, unexplained, undisclosed.If the Arab nations are planning an attack on Israel, who are they in need of advice(consulted)of, that cannot be explained(hidden)?Well let's look at the 1967 six day war to see if we can uncover who it is.
The Six Day War: Recognizing the Miracleby Daniel PinnerIt is appropriate, to address the question: What was the single greatest miracle of the entire Six Day War? Not an easy question, for there were so many miracles, both hidden and revealed. There is no end to the stories that have been documented from the battles: of the Egyptian tank commander in the Sinai Desert who surrendered to a vastly inferior Israeli force on the second day of the war, because a desert mirage made him see hundreds of Israeli tanks where there were no more than a dozen; of the Jordanian forces who welcomed the Israeli tanks under the command of Colonel Uri Ram into Shechem on the third day of the war, because faulty communications misled the Arabs into thinking that these were Iraqi tanks come to reinforce them; of the battle for Ammunition Hill on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, which was captured by an Israeli scout by mistake when he fell into a Jordanian trench in the moonless night at 2:00 o'clock on Tuesday morning and started shooting from the hip (and the fall of Ammunition Hill was the necessary prelude to the capture of the Old City 30 hours later).But all these events were details, and in the details it is all too easy to forget the overall picture.A two-front war is every general's nightmare: being forced to split the armed forces has been the downfall of countless seemingly invincible armies, from Assyria, which lost a two-front war in 612 BCE, to a Babylonian-Median alliance, to the Athenian-Spartan army, which succumbed to a Persian-Roman alliance in 480 BCE, to Germany, which lost two world wars when battling Russia in the east and an Anglo-French alliance in the west. In June 1967, Israel was faced with a three-front war along the borders with Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
There was, technically, a fourth front: the border with Lebanon. After firing a few token shots and sending two British-built Hunter fighter jets, which were shot down almost immediately, Lebanon withheld from further fighting. The Lebanese army remained mobilized on Israel's northern border, however, forcing Israel to keep an active force along that front.
More than this: the Israeli military was outnumbered on all fronts and in all services. Israel could field a total strength of 264,000 soldiers; this included all the reserves, and could not therefore be sustained for any length of time without destroying the economy. Facing them were 525,000 Arab soldiers (of whom almost half - 240,000 - were Egyptian). Israeli tanks were outnumbered by more than three to one: 800 Israeli tanks faced 2,424 Arab tanks (again, about half - 1,200 - were Egyptian). The Israeli air force could field 350 aircraft, outnumbered almost 3 to 1 by 939 Arab aircraft (450 of them Egyptian).
While the Arab countries continued to receive vast quantities of weapons from their traditional suppliers - the Soviet Union, Great Britain and, to a lesser extent, the United States - Israel's main weapon supplier, France, without warning slapped an arms embargo on Israel; so did the USA. Little wonder that while the entire Arab world, led by the Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel-Nasser, was proclaiming its forthcoming triumph against Israel, and proudly trumpeting the imminent annihilation of Israel and the massacre of all her citizens (the Jewish ones, that is), Israel was preparing to fight for her very existence, and projecting - in a best-case scenario - some 10,000 dead, maybe up to 50,000, if she survived at all. Plans were made to turn national parks into mass cemeteries, even as schoolchildren were given canvas sacks and started shoveling sand into them to defend their homes.
The result is history. In six days, Israel captured the entire Sinai Desert (including the Gaza Strip) from Egypt; Judea and Samaria, and half of Jerusalem, from Jordan; and the Golan Heights from Syria. Instead of being annihilated, she had more than trebled her territory from 8,000 square miles (20,500 sq. km) to 26,000 sq. miles (66,500 sq. km). Of Israel's neighbours, Lebanon alone (which, as noted above, did not attack Israel seriously) lost no land. All this came at a heavy price: 776 Israeli soldiers were killed and 2,586 wounded - more than double, in proportion to its total population, of the US losses in eight years of fighting in Vietnam. The Arab countries have never published their losses, but reliable estimates put the Egyptian war dead at 11,500 (1,500 officers, 10,000 other ranks), Syrian at 2,500, Jordanian at 1,000 - not counting the tens of thousands injured and captured.
The very fact that Israel survived was a miracle; that we not merely survived, but won a decisive victory, infinitely more miraculous. Indeed, a West Point general once remarked that though the US Military Academy studies wars fought throughout the world, they do not study the Six Day War - because what concerns West Point is strategy and tactics, not miracles.
What, then, was the single greatest miracle?
There are two types of miracles: hidden and revealed. Revealed miracles are such events as the Splitting of the Red Sea, which are obviously miraculous to even the most skeptical observer; hidden miracles are those supposedly "natural" events which are calibrated for the sake of Am Yisra'el.
With this basis, we can now re-examine the events of the Six Day War.
In January 1964, Yitzhak Rabin had become the Chief of Staff of the IDF, a position he would retain until his retirement in January 1968. He had long since proved his mettle: almost exactly 19 years before the Six Day War, on June 21, 1948, in his capacity as Chief Operations Officer of the Central Front, he had commanded the Palmach unit that fired on the Altalena (an Irgun arms ship carrying almost 900 soldiers, 5,000 rifles, 250 Bren guns, 5 million bullets, 50 Bazookas, and 10 Bren carriers). To clarify: the Acting Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, had given the command to blow up this ship; he had ordered Yisrael Amir (commander of the air force) to bomb it from the air, but he - and all the air force pilots - refused point blank to turn their weapons on fellow Jews. A number of other Palmach officers likewise refused. It was Yitzhak Rabin who enthusiastically used Israeli artillery against an Israeli ship bringing materiel for the Israeli army, and in the process killed 16 Jewish soldiers. And this, in the midst of the War of Independence, when every soldier and every bullet was needed to protect the nascent state.
There is a word for a person - more, a field commander in the military - who turns artillery fire against his own side during time of war.
Twenty-five years after the Six Day War, Yitzhak Rabin stood for election as Prime Minister for the second time (his first term had been 1974-1977). During the election campaign, Rabin presented himself as "Mr Security." His most central election pledges were that he would never engage in dialogue with the PLO, that he would never agree to an armed force west of the River Jordan, that he would never negotiate on east Jerusalem, that even in time of peace, he would not even consider retreating from the Golan Heights.
In fact, within weeks of becoming Prime Minister (by a razor-thin margin), he began open dialogue with the PLO. It would take another few years for the general public to discover that during the election campaign, even while he was solemnly swearing never to talk to Yasser Arafat and his henchmen, Rabin's closest colleagues were already cutting deals with those very terrorists, promising them weapons, political power, land, training bases and the like in return for Arab support for his political party in the elections.
The rest is history. On September 13, 1993 - barely fifteen months after the elections - Rabin, Shimon Peres and Arafat signed the Oslo death accords, under which Rabin's government transferred tens of thousands of assault rifles and submachine-guns, tens of millions of bullets, armoured personnel carriers, and other materiel to the PLO. In order to dupe the Israeli (and world) public, Rabin deliberately lied, claiming that the state of war with the PLO was over. And after every terrorist outrage, while Jewish blood was flowing in the streets of Beit Lydd, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Hadera - the list goes on - Rabin continued to lie, deliberately protecting the PLO's reputation, claiming that they were our "partners in peace," the "moderates" who were valiantly battling the "extremists" - even as he knew that the terrorists were those very "partners in peace," receiving their orders directly from his own friend and confidant, Yasser Arafat.
Again, there is a word for a person - more, a prime minister and defence minister - who cold-bloodedly and deliberately arms terrorists for them to direct their murderous fire against his own side during a time of war.
And so, in 1967, at Israel's most critical juncture ever, while facing a seven-nation military coalition dedicated to her extermination, outnumbered on three fronts, isolated in the world - at that time, the Israeli army's supreme commander was a traitor, who had consciously and deliberately collaborated with the enemy in a time of war in 1948. He demonstrated his grasp of reality on Independence Day, the 5th of Iyyar 1967 (May 15). In a press conference, Rabin proclaimed that he "foresees a long period of peace between us and our Arab neighbours."
The very same day, Egyptian forces began deploying in the Sinai Desert, along the Israeli border. The next day, Nasser ordered the UN Emergency Force (stationed along the Israeli-Egyptian border since 1957 precisely to prevent war) to leave, and the UN Secretary General U Thant acceded within a few hours. Two days later, on May 18, Syrian forces achieved battle readiness along the Golan Heights. Four days later, on May 22, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to all Israeli ships, as well as non-Israeli ships bound for Eilat - blockading Israel's supply routes from Africa and blocking Israel's oil supply. On May 30, King Hussein of Jordan joined the Egyptian-Syrian war coalition, placing his army under Egyptian command. Meanwhile, contingents from the armies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and other Arab countries came to bolster the forces ranged against Israel. On June 4, Iraq joined the anti-Israel pact.
God alone knows how Rabin would have acted, had he but been given the opportunity. If his previous record and subsequent behaviour are a reasonable indication, he would not have allowed the IDF to defend Israel - and certainly not to launch the first strike, without which Israel would have been annihilated in the first few land battles. Quite conceivably, Rabin would have transferred weapons - rifles, machine-guns, strike planes, artillery pieces - to the enemy Arab states, and lied to the Israeli public that he was "strengthening the moderates" in order "to make peace with them." Who can say that he would not have ordered Israel to withdraw from the Galilee, from western Jerusalem, from Haifa and from the Negev Desert, in order to "make peace"?
But, by the grace of God, Rabin was denied the opportunity. On the 17th of Iyyar (May 25), he suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. (In order not to demoralize the nation, the official cover story was that he had collapsed of nicotine poisoning.) Major General Ezer Weizman - who had been the commander of the air force from 1958-1966, and was by then OC Operations Branch - became acting Chief of Staff, and prepared the IDF for war, for a preemptive strike.
Without Rabin's nervous breakdown, none of the subsequent miracles could ever have taken place: the Israeli air force could not have destroyed the Egyptian, Jordanian and Iraqi air forces within eight hours had they been forbidden to strike; the most highly-motivated soldier in the world cannot vanquish the enemy if his own commander forbids him to fire a single shot. The most dazzled and demoralized enemy tank commander will never surrender when he knows that the Commander-in-Chief of the opposing side is about to send him weaponry.
And so, we see that the greatest miracle of the entire Six Day War - the base upon which all the subsequent miracles rested - was actually a hidden miracle, which happened quietly and without fanfare (and wasindeed, deliberately kept secret), and which happened a week and a half before the Six Day War.Pinner's use of the word hidden, is meant to sum up Rabin's nervous breakdown that helped the Jewish state soundly defeat her neighbors.I use it to point to the unseen angelic warriors.Those Arab documents and records of the six day war with Israel reflect something totally unexplained, that is indeed 'hidden'. That being the supernatural component. More than luck was on Israel's side and that's what the Arabs consult/need advice on.The 'hidden ones' are Israel's Angelic forces.God Bless,gail