This small piece caught my eye today. Not because it is not needed, but exactly the opposite, because it is desperately needed. And that fact brought a bit of despair into my heart.
In the Jerusalem Post, a small article entitled: "Tracking device lets Israel year program staff know where the kids are" let us know exactly how year programs of foreign students are trying to cope and balance the needs of security with the needs of student privacy.
"American and British youth movements Young Judaea (YJ) and the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY) are piloting a tracking system that will ease the minds of hundreds of British and US-based parents sending their children to Israel for a year.This, of course, smacks of Big Brother and 1984. It also is a way for parents to stay sane.
The two youth movements, which run a joint program bringing more than 400 18-year-olds to Israel for a year of Hebrew studies and volunteering projects, have arranged for software company Office Core and cell phone company Israel Phones to supply them with a unique software that can immediately find the location of every participant at all times."
"He added that many times during a terrorist attack, the cell phone network in the immediate vicinity of the explosion collapses.Lest you think that this is just being "crazy" and "paranoid" I suggest you take a look at the following site: American Victims of Mideast Terrorist Attacks. There is a real worry here. So I will say that this system is not only needed, it gets 5 stars for implementation.
"If a person's phone does not respond to the location request that is sent out, then we will know immediately who we should be worried about," he said.
Despite the notion that such a device could be considered an invasion of privacy, Mitchell commented that all the parents who had sent their children on YJ/FZY Year course were informed about the pilot and, he said, all seemed to receive the idea very well."
Now, how about the exact same system for home use? How about the ability to track my own children in case of a terrorist attack? I have lived through the hell of knowing my son was in downtown Jerusalem, when three bombs went off, one after the other, and the celular phone system crashed. Hell is simply not enough of a description to tell you what I lived through until those phones went back on line.
It is a sign of the times. We live with terror. I know the United Nations, that august body of sycophants, loves to make Israel its enemy, but let me ask you, where else is there such a need for a system due to terrorist reasons? Oh you may want to track your children - I understand and empathize, but do you want to track them because you live in fear they will be blown up by some grandmother or teenager screaming out "God is Great"? I tend to doubt it.
Modern technology. It tracks our children now. It helps us find them when a bomb goes off. But for some reason with all the good will, it simply cannot stop the hatred and devastation when an animal in the guise of a human being decides it is time to blow himself up with a few other civilians. Until that time when suicide bombers can be stopped BEFORE they do their evil work, we can only pray that after they have blown themselves up that the damage they left behind is only their own sick mind blown to pieces.
Because there is nothing that points to the greatness of God when you strap a bomb around your own body. The only thing it points to is the evil of man and the sickness of hatred.