Wednesday, December 18, 2013

IS KHOBRAGADE A SIGN OF JUDGMENT?

Let's ask the question.

Devyani Khobragade, a diplomat from India, was arrested last Thursday (Dec. 12) shortly after dropping her daughter off at school. She is accused of falsifying documents for her housekeeper and allegedly not paying her minimum wage. Khobragade was strip-searched, swabbed, and "kept in a cell with drug addicts." She claims she repeatedly informed arresting officers that she was a diplomat but her protestations apparently fell on deaf ears. Now the Indian government is quite outraged.

So outraged in fact, that they retaliated by removing the SECURITY barriers from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and this fact is stated straight-up in the article's title.

India retaliates against US over diplomat arrest, removes security barriers at embassy

Khobragade's arrest and strip-search happened on the SAME DAY that Secretary John Kerry returned to Israel for the 9th time because, as the headline of the Times of Israel article notes, talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians were stalled over SECURITY arrangements.

Kerry back in Israel Thursday for ninth time this year: Talks stalled over security arrangements; Palestinians rebuff proposal for 10-year Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley

Truthfully, I am not hip on the idea of certain people getting to be treated differently because of who they are when it comes to matters of breaking the law; however, I believe an extra measure of caution is warranted when dealing with diplomats. And in this particular matter, it seems extreme to me to strip-search and cavity check a diplomat over problems with paperwork.

As this President, via his Secretary of State, comes up against Israel, particularly in the area of security, we have this incident clearly involving security. The Indian government removed barriers that are meant to deter or pose considerable difficulty for someone who would want to try to execute an incident against our embassy.

The FOX News article reporting the reaction of the Indian government notes this:

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf voiced concern Tuesday about the security barriers, stressing that U.S. officials have made clear to their Indian counterparts "that they need to keep providing security."

No matter how much the State Department downplays the incident by stating that the U.S. and India enjoys a "broad and deep friendship," this incident is clearly yet another screw-up for this administration. It just plain makes them look bad. Really, a strip search over paperwork?

I re-listened to a sermon this past week by David Wilkerson, The Last Days of America, in which he preaches about the signs of a nation under judgment. The sermon is undated but he speaks of the first George Bush, so it was preached some time between 1988 and 1992. In this sermon, based mostly on Deuteronomy 28, Wilkerson says that one of the signs that a nation is under judgment is that her foreign policy is in disarray -- that nation will look foolish and incompetent.

And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee. --Deut. 28:37

This verse indicates that a nation under judgment is talked about by other nations. Fingers are pointed and behavior is whispered about and gossiped about and laughed at. Questions are asked if good judgment is being used or good decorum or evident wisdom.

As of late, the United States, and in particular President Obama, has become this verse. His actions of yucking it up and taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial service raised eyebrows, his wisdom in allowing the NSA to tap the phone calls of foreign leaders like Angela Merkel has been questioned, his "red line" in Syria has been mocked by the Saudis as being only "pinkish," and now an upper level diplomat has been strip-searched over, of all things, questionable paperwork.

True, President Obama didn't order the diplomat to be strip-searched, but it reflects on him. The Indian government didn't retaliate by filing a complaint against the arresting police precinct, they retaliated against the U.S. as a whole by removing SECURITY barriers from in front of a U.S. Embassy. Yeah -- it was directed at President Obama to get HIS attention. The government is holding HIM responsible their diplomat, and they proved it by making HIS embassy more vulnerable to those who, shall we say, are ne-er-do-wells.

As President Obama comes up against Israel, we are seeing more and more of these faux pas. J. R. Dunn observes this:

Now the persona is evaporating, under the impact of laughter on the one hand and sheer horror at the results of Obama's incompetence (in health care today, in foreign policy next week).

Obama's Fall from Grace

Can we not see Deuteronomy 28 in Dunn's remark? President Obama has become a president who inspires either laughter (astonishment) or reactions of horror (a byword).

Even Barbara Walters' recent bemoaning about President Obama as a shining star losing some of his luster indicates Deut. 28:37.

Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’

Some are even asking, "Is President Obama 'too big to jail'?"

Obama is becoming a "byword." He's becoming associated with traits that he doesn't particularly want to be associated with. For instance, the very name of his legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is becoming a "byword" because it is becoming to mean something opposite -- it is being dubbed "the UN-affordable Care Act" more and more. Obama's promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" is also becoming a "byword" -- it is now associated with telling a lie and the phrase now indicates deception.

I could go on.

In addition, as I've been (slowly) writing posts about the judgments that came upon Egypt, many researchers have noted that the judgments came against particular gods and goddesses that were worshiped in Egypt (and I will be addressing that topic in a soon-coming post). Therefore, I find this "incident" with India interesting because as I have noted on this blog several times in the past, Obama has been shown to carry a pocket-charm of the Hindu god Hanuman, and he accepted a 2-foot idol of Hanuman (specially blessed by Hindu priests) in August 2008. Now we have a "tiff" that is occurring between the U.S. and Hanuman's "home country." Hanuman is hailed as the "god of crises," there are none too great for him.

We shall see.

As this President comes up against Israel, we will probably see more "out of left field" incidents -- incidents that make no sense and "shouldn't have happened," and most likely will be incidents that involve SECURITY in some manner.

This President comes up against Israel when he involves himself in the peace process. It's interesting to see Obamacare tied to Israel in this article:

If Obamacare fails, more pressure on Israel

Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian Deal Possible by End of April

Kerry: US plan allows for Israeli security, Palestinian sovereignty

Kerry back in search of elusive Mideast peace deal

OBAMA PLAN for Jerusalem Will Allow Coalition – Including Saudi Arabia and Turkey – to Oversee Holy City

And he comes up against Israel when he involves himself with Iran.

If you say "gullible" real slow . . . (cartoon)

Koenig has this up at his site:



Iran, who said "no more talks" this past week to strike out at the U.S. because of the Congressional hearing that took place last week with John Kerry, has said, "Ok, we will come back." Let's keep an eye out to see on which day(s) those talks will resume and IF Obama's birth certificate is in the news, again, in some way.

In the meantime, I think it is worthwhile to watch this development that Interesting Items has linked to: Horizon 2020.

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