So, yesterday, I had a thought, after a brief encounter at the front door of my home. Two slightly older women showed up at my front door. Invariably when two women show up at the front door with pamphlets in hand, you think, Baptists or Jehovah’s Witnesses. As my dog is barking non-stop, and my daughter is yelling for me in the background, I am trying to be polite. And of course, they keep talking and talking over my diatribe about not being interested, etc. I finally simply said, “I am Jewish, ladies.” And at that moment, The thought, “F*CK!” went through my mind. The one thing that I would likely say in the past that would give them pause to go on talking…
Backing up for a moment, I have been watching the news non-stop. Watching fringe news, watching YouTube news, etc on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, etc. I cannot even put into words how I feel about it. As a country, our government seems to be funding both sides of this conflict, and it is escalating very quickly in the Middle East to something that has us distracted from the Ukraine/Russian conflict. This is by design, of course with the Iranian/Russian alliance in place for many years. We’re funding both sides of this conflict. China has moved its navy into position, Russia has sent assets to the region, and WWIII feels imminent. This is not the world I was hoping our beautiful six-year-old would be growing up in. It is very scary to watch and experience from the armchair…
That said, my spidey senses are tingling, and my gut is doing flip-flops. I am trying to remain someone who is not visibly affected by this, but for the first time in my lifetime, I feel like with wide open borders, military-aged men from enemies of the state coming over the northern and southern borders in mass, that there are sleepers all over the country just awaiting the ‘official word’ from their leaders to activate for whatever nefarious bullsh!t that they are going to perpetuate. I honestly believe it is not a matter of if, but when at this juncture, and I fear the fight will be brought the average citizen on our soil, somewhere, sometime… I may be wrong. It may be an attack on the 9 major substations that manage power for the country. It may be something else.
Back to the nice Jehovah’s at the front door. At that second, I realized I needed to scan the immediate area to see if there were any other individuals standing overwatch to see who they might be. Are they in a car, are they standing on the corner, in the street, etc. Something I usually do prior to opening the front door (the storm screen door was in between us). Despite this…OPSEC blown… Now, I didn’t say I was Jewish simply to get them to stop talking. I am Jewish, albeit more spiritual today than practicing.
As I watch the news, I watch the protests, the students protesting, the protests of the pro-Palestinian rallies, not to mention those in our own government who are supporting and not condemning the Palestinian horror show. This is where the fear and the thoughts come from. It could be anyone from a misguided high school kid to a seasoned military-aged foreign operator who came over the border illegally. By this, I mean, an ambush, and attack, etc. Anti-semitism is at an all-time high. How is this possible? Six million Jews were exterminated during World War II. My Grandfathers, both who fought in WWII must be rolling over in their graves. My Dad’s Dad, on the Jewish side of my family, was a POW during the Battle of the Bulge, interrogated by the Nazi’s. As the story goes, he threw his dog tags away prior to being captured, and they interrogated him about his last name. “Why would someone with a German last name be fighting against the Germans?” He’s rolling over in his grave. I never met him, but have to believe his fight for his country and the Jewish people should not go unrecognized.
Back to the ladies at the front door. As I thought about it after they left, this could have been any one of the below bullet point scenarios:
- This scenario could have easily been Jihadi’s mapping out the Jews for future attacks.
- Ambush attacks on Jews on a home-by-home basis.
- Ambush attacks on Jews as they leave their home to simply go to the grocery store or drop their children off at school
- And there is so much more swirling through my head.
OPSEC… I revealed what I feel should be kept quiet to those who do not know me. I did it because I have done it so many times in the past. Sigh…
The world we live in today is filled with uncertainty and fear, especially given the current global political climate. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict, along with the involvement of major world powers, has created a tense and volatile situation that feels like it could escalate into something much larger and more dangerous at any moment. This is not the world I want my daughter to grow up in, and it is not the world I want for any of us. The fear of the unknown, of what could happen, is palpable and affects us all in different ways.
Furthermore, the incident with the Jehovah’s Witnesses at my front door was a stark reminder of the need for vigilance and caution in these uncertain times. It is easy to let our guard down, to become complacent, and to forget the potential dangers that exist in our world. However, we must always be aware of our surroundings, be cautious of those we interact with, and be prepared for anything that might come our way. In a world that feels like it is teetering on the brink of chaos, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
I’ll leave you with this… Where uncertainty seems to be the only certainty, the importance of prepping and being a prepper cannot be overstated. The global climate is currently fraught with potential dangers, with political unrest and the threat of war. And I think the attacks on Israel have reminded us that our world can change in an instant, and that being prepared can mean the difference between survival, suffering, or even death. Prepping is not just about stockpiling food and water, but also about being mentally and physically prepared for whatever challenges may come our way.
Being a prepper means taking responsibility for your own safety and the safety of your loved ones. It means having a plan in place for emergencies, and the knowledge and skills to carry out that plan. It means being self-reliant and resourceful, and understanding that in times of crisis, we cannot always rely on others to help us. In a world that is increasingly unpredictable, being a prepper is not just a lifestyle choice, but a necessary step towards ensuring our survival and the survival of future generations. As we face the challenges of the existing world climate, the importance of prepping and being a prepper has never been more clear.