Hello, friend. I see you found me. Good. Out of the virtual haystack of millions of blogs, you came here. Now, think about what led you here. Did you come here looking for the truth?
I’m not planning to compete with the huge sea of information out there, but I think I have something to add. In particular, I’m ready to join the growing group of people who are unhappy with the distortions & outright lies that seem to be so popular with the mainstream media. I don’t expect to have a loud voice, but I’m going to try to do my part. There are so many voices speaking contrary to the truth, I figure I can at least make some noise as one more voice speaking for the truth.
In American football, the opposing teams line up at the scrimmage, the front line of one team facing down the front line of the other team. There is supposed to be one lineman on each team for the opposing lineman on the other. When the ball is snapped, the two front lines crash into each other, each trying to block the forward motion of the other. It seems to me that’s what we have going on in the clashing of ideas on the web, in the print media, in schools, and wherever people who don’t agree meet together. There are those who are publicly recognized spokesmen and spokeswomen for each side of the debate, like there are the quarterback and other ball carriers in football, but most of us are just blockers. However, there is a problem I see from my side of the scrimmage. The problem, and it’s a big one, is that is there do not appear to be anywhere near enough blockers on my team as on the other.
So here I am as one more blocker. I never did actually play much football when I was younger, but I did play lineman, and I did stop the forward motion of the opposing lineman. So now you know how I came up with the name for this blog.
My special focus is on issues regarding the current Middle East conflicts, and I make no bones about my wholehearted support of Israel.
Also, without apology, I’ll let you know up front that my perspective is that of what is called Christian Zionism. Like I said elsewhere, I don’t like trying to fit myself under labels, but sometimes they do help others to know where you are coming from. If I quote the Bible with regard to my opinions on Israel or world events, and you don’t like that, then, well, just get over it.
For a while now, I’ve been sending snippets from the news media to a few close friends, usually with some remark of my own, but it’s been a narrow audience.
For example, I was shocked when I first read some time back in Israeli media that the US actually has a resident military officer assigned to provide military training to the PA, and I promptly sent off a couple of emails to let the world know. Well, maybe not the world, but a small part of my world. I was piqued that we had heard nothing of this in the American media, and wanted somebody to know about it. Now I tend to think that everyone knows all about the Dayton Force, but it’s been a relatively short time since I had no idea they existed. And you know, I’m not sure everyone else is aware, either.
It never ceases to amaze me how information that is common knowledge in the Middle East doesn’t quite make it across the Atlantic – not in the major media, anyway. I’m continually finding news items on JPost or Ynet or Arutz7 or even Haaretz that nobody I talk to over here is remotely aware of. Most people I meet are still blissfully unaware of how anti-Israel Condi Rice became before the end of President Bush’s term.
A short time ago my wife saw an item in Israeli media referring to an appeal from the Foreign Ministry for help in getting the word out in cyberspace on matters that matter. She looked at me as if to say, "Well, when are you going to get started?" So I figured I should get started.
There was an idea in the US some time back that there was a "silent majority" of people that did support their country, but that the minority of opponents got most of the attention. I very much suspect that there is something like that in the world today — that although the left wing propaganda machine does a good job of making it look like all of creation is against Jews in general and Israel in particular, it ain’t necessarily so (in the words of a certain pre-Shoah Jew). If that’s what’s happening worldwide with regard to Israel, then maybe it’s time for a bigger slice of this majority to be not so silent.
It’s also been called to my attention by another like-minded blogger that we who support the State of Israel can be more effective if, rather than telling people about Israel, we make a more concerted effort to refute the lies. I’ll try to do what I can in that regard here, but please do look and search and inquire in as many places as you can for what is the truth.
My appreciation goes to WordPress blogger TacticalMiddleEast for a post on his site that lit a little fire under my fanny. I don’t really agree with everything he says on his blog, but he is to be commended for sounding the trumpet to call others to this battle. Also I have to acknowledge that he makes a good argument for bringing a little ‘sanity’ into the debate. I’m not sure how "sane" my posts here will be — I fully expect myself to rant a little. Or maybe a lot.
I think by now you get the idea. So dive on in, and after you’ve taken a look around, tell me if you think you’ve found at least one more morsel of truth to block the lies.
A little housekeeping:
If you’ve been back here a few times, you may have noticed that I update my links & news feeds as I go along. Please note that when I link to something, that does not necessarily mean I endorse or agree with everything that is said there, nor will the links always agree with each other – that should go without saying. But I do think these bear looking at, or I would not be including them. Poke around a little – you may enjoy.
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Update: Having posted for a while now, I sometimes wonder if the things I write here may give people the impression I’m truly frightened with regard to Israel’s future. I certainly am very disturbed by what I see happening, but I should note that fear is not what I’m experiencing.
That’s not to say I’d feel the same way if I were living in Israel, having the constant threat of mayhem at my doorstep. My life and the lives of my family are not presently being physically threatened, as are the lives of those who have taken the bold step to take back what was stolen from them so long ago.
And what if I had the opportunity to join them? Right now, if I had that opportunity, that is what I’d want to do. Whether it would be the right thing at the right time would be a matter of details, but there is a drawing to the land that even we Gentiles can sometimes feel. It has been suggested that I may have some Jewish DNA, and that may be why I feel that way, but for now that is not my focus. Nor do I have any inclination to convert. And even if I did, I understand there’s a Rabbi somewhere in the wings waiting to talk me out of it.
I say all this to put into some perspective what I do feel about the land and the people, and why the matters I write about here are so important to me. I tried to say something about this earlier, but today I found this in some materials I’ve had tucked away for some thirty-odd years:
The people of Israel have had the most unusual and dramatic history of any people in the world. No other ethnic group has risen to such highs and fallen to such lows so repeatedly—coming to the verge of extinction many times but never being entirely destroyed. No other ethnic group has been politically and religiously persecuted as intensely and survived thousands of years without a native tongue, without a homeland and without a means of unity within the group, only to be restored to full nationhood. No other nation was able to endure such long periods of dispossession and yet maintain and preserve its own identity, character and culture. And, most important, no other people have been singled out by God so early in mankind’s history to represent God’s name, to be called the people of the Lord, to maintain the faith in the one true God and to be a light to the nations, a sign to the rest of humanity.
No other people, no other nation, indeed. About 100 years ago, the “sun never set” on the British Empire. But then not long after that, Britain began to renege on a promise she had made to Israel, the modern state not having even been reinstituted yet. Now Britain is a mess, if you’ll pardon my saying so. The United States of America has for some time been, and still is, if only barely, the greatest nation on the planet. But one thing I do fear is that my country is heading down the path of destruction solely by turning from being a friend to Israel – sometimes, it has seemed, Israel’s only friend – to an enemy.
Israel will, by the favor of the Almighty, prevail. All his enemies will fail; you can count on that. I do not wish to be found an enemy of Israel, and I do want to warn as many of my fellow Americans as I can of the danger into which we are beginning to place ourselves. So I continue to hold my place on the line.
Oh, by the way – I’ve read the Book all the way through, and I know who wins in the end. Just so you know.