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Such claims and accusations may seem to some observers rather over the top. Even those who are convinced that Israel is evil to the bone might boggle at the improbability of these theriomorphic hijinks. Can it be that the Israelis are truly responsible for so intricate and massive a bio-ops project? The time, energy, funding, expertise and resources required to co-opt the animal, marine and insectal kingdoms and direct their activities must give us pause.
However, there may be another explanation for these disruptive events. Might it not be that the Lord remains on the side of the Israelites? After all, did not the Lord in the time of the Egyptian captivity unleash a plague of locusts that, as the Book of Exodus tells us, “went up over all the land of Egypt…so that the land was darkened…and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt”? May not the Hebrew God be, once again, delegating His creatures—squirrels, sharks, pelicans, mosquitoes, rats, vultures, which are only the locusts du jour—to manifest His will and discomfit His people’s enemies?
It’s difficult to say. But since, on the one hand, even the Israelis cannot reasonably be expected to infiltrate the Creation with the prowess of King Solomon and, on the other hand, the accuracy of Arab and Iranian newspapers is accepted by many as beyond even a shred of suspicion or misgiving, how else account for such preternatural interventions carried out by these swarms of surrogate locusts?
And yet, it must be admitted, there is a serious problem with this attempt at construal, provoked by the Israelis themselves, who are resolutely anti-locust. Scientists at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation have been working industriously to avert the scourge of such infestations. They have discovered that locusts are actuated by polarization vision which enables them to distinguish between land and sea; the application of this knowledge will lead to techniques of locustrian diversion, an inestimable boon not only to Israel but to the whole Middle East. Why, then, would the Israelis seek to frustrate the will of the Lord Himself? What are we to make of so obvious a contradiction?
Perhaps in the end we are left with the tentative hypothesis that the Arabs and Iranians are completely unhinged and that Israel has been unfairly libeled. I realize this is hard to believe, but every possibility must be taken into account.
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