Saturday, September 18, 2010, was Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar. This is the day when Jews fast and pray, seeking the benevolence of God and His mercy. If you’ve ever been in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur, you would be awed at the quite and peace of this day set apart for attending to righteousness. We’ve been there and watched as the gentle quiet settles over the city like a caressing blanket. We’ve listened and watched children playing in the streets free from the fear of speeding cars for even they are silent and parked on this day. Families dress in white and walk together – through the streets – to their local synagogues where they pray together and read from the Book of Jonah.
If you’ll remember, Jonah is the story of a prophet whom God had told to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people or He would destroy them in forty days. Jonah refused, got on a ship headed 180 in the opposite direction and ended up in the belly of a whale. After three days and three nights, Jonah repented, was spewed out by the whale and went to Nineveh where he preached repentance and the people did just that. But Jonah wasn’t happy about their repentance – he wanted to see God destroy them so he built a little booth on a hilltop and set down to watch and see what happened.
God raised up a kikyon – a castor plant – with large leaves and allowed it to shade Jonah while he sat and waited. During the night, God created a worm and placed it at the root of the castor plant where it ate and ate, destroying the plant and Jonah’s shade. Jonah is really ticked off about this and God asks him if he is so distressed over a plant he had nothing to do why would he expect God not to be distressed over a people whom he had created, loved and wanted to repent so they wouldn’t be destroyed.
Fast forward a few centuries and look at Iran, a country that wants to see Israel – God’s chosen people and land – destroyed. In fact, that is Ahmeanut’s only reason for existence is to see the demise of Israel and he loudly proclaims it to the United Nations, to Arab countries, and to the global media. ‘Kill the Jew’ is his favorite, if not only, thought.
Along comes Russia with the ability to make that happen. They step up and sell the equipment to Iran to power up and arm their only nuclear facility – the Bushehr Power Plant. We all watched with great dismay thinking Israel would take that plant out militarily, as she had done with those in Iraq and Syria , but we were wrong — that didn’t happen.
According to all of the media reports and Iran’s absolute denial of the situation, a sophisticated cyber worm called Stuxnet, has been raised up and attacked the Bushehr plant. It seems Stuxnet is a ‘search-and-destroy weapon’ built to probe the hosts it infects for extremely specific settings. Unless it identifies those settings it remains dormant. Stuxnet is described as a “precision, military-grade cyber missile deployed early last year to seek out and destroy one real-world target of high importance – a target still unknown,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.
The timing is interesting and appropriate, so near Yom Kippur and the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War when a coalition of Arab states, led by Egypt and Syria, tried to annihilate Israel. I, for one, do not like creepy crawly little things, but if it keeps Israel free from nuclear attack from any nation, then all I can say is eat little glow worm, eat!