Pandemic Playbook Faults

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Several weeks ago, Politico published an article describing how President Trump failed to adhere to the 2016 Pandemic Playbook complete with the document itself. That is found here.

Here's the Pandemic Playbook That Trump Ignored

After it was brought to my attention, I read it thoroughly and began to break it down to determine the failures and faults. NBC News has picked up the same blame mission posted today.

The summary is noted below:

Pandemic Playbook Faults

It begins with Congress when in the funding process of 2015 to 2016 or even to 2017, appropriations were never allocated to specific pandemic outbreaks other than the normal funding architecture for what is known as ICBRNR. This includes the omission of the Strategic National Stockpile inventory that was not adequate for a national outbreak, yet is annexed by individual state stockpiles including medical facility inventories. FAULT 1

The World Health Organization is the lead global organization of which the United States is the largest financial contributor to provide recommendations from assessments that include epidemiology, humanitarian/development/ public health impact, transmission/outbreak/potential for public concern. WHO was willingly prevented from doing this by the Chinese Communist Party.

Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, asked about an international business meeting held at a Singapore hotel on Jan 20-22, said it did not appear to have spread the virus widely.

“No, I think it is way too early and much more of an exaggeration to consider the Singapore conference event a ‘super-spreading event’,” Ryan said. ( Reuters: February 10, 2020) FAULT 2

The WHO is to advise on travel, perform surveillance, infection control, tender medical cure(s) to the host country. After this advise and action by WHO, U.S. Health and Human Services then based on WHO assessments and recommendations, launches the National Emergency Action Center. WHO finally under pressure from the international community, admitted an error in its assessment of the Wuhan Laboratory on January 28, 2020. FAULT 3 (2 days later, President Trump restricted/halted flights from China into the United States).

Meanwhile, the United States through the U.S. State Department had several operations launched to address the potential global outbreak and that included running private flights to various locations around the globe to retrieve American citizens and bring them home. Further, earnest offers were being provided to Wuhan and Beijing by the USG to send in virologist and medical personnel to examine research protocols, gather lab samples, perform specimen sharing, collaborate on pharmaceuticals and treatments as well as to review global stockpiles, medical treatment infrastructure (read hospitals) and to offer proposed budget items to the U.S. Congress. Not only did were these offers extended to China, but to any other nation that was lacking in resources including Italy and Iran. FAULT 4 for China

Meanwhile as the Senate impeachment hearings began on January 16, 2020, the Trump administration launched the White House Coronavirus Task Force on January 29, 2020. The first known case of COVID -19 was reported in Washington State on January 20, 2020 as a 35 year old man had just returned from Wuhan on January 15. It was not until March 11, 2020 that WHO declared COVID -19 a pandemic. FAULT 5

As for all the other U.S. Federal agencies, they take the lead from HHS which takes the lead from WHO. The number of Federal agencies is substantial and not only do they include the normal well known agencies, they also include the Veterans Administration, USAID, Office of Global Affairs, embassies, FBI, CIA, GOARN otherwise the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. There of course is the CDC with clinical trial research papers, various trial invitations, there is the Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard for cross border travel and sea travel, the FAA and the branches of the U.S. military. Orchestrate all that for the benefit of the state Governors who hold the most significant power and responsibility when outbreaks occur. It is the Federal government that only provides guidance and assistance as a multi-state event occurs.

This summary comes from reading the Politico article on how President Trump failed the Pandemic Playbook. That is hardly the case if one actually reads the whole playbook. After the 2016 playbook was authored and published in 2015 for 2016, did Congress standup a hearing to determine funding specific to a pandemic? The playbook recommended early budget and financial analysis and supplemental funding from Congress. Did that happen? NO Fault 6.

There is more but based on the items in the playbook, it was done by committee as a result of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The playbook per the text is merely a checklist for domestic and international guidance.


The Post & Email Interviews “Humanitarian Hoax” Author Linda Goudsmit

The Post & Email


by Sharon Rondeau

(May 5, 2020) — Last week, The Post & Email had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Goudsmit, the author of a sizable series published on her blog over nearly three years.  Recently Goudsmit compiled all 50 articles into a book titled, The Book of Humanitarian Hoaxes:  Killing America with ‘Kindness’.

Her articles can be found at The Post & Email and have also been carried by RenewAmericaCanada Free Press, and RightSideNews.

Linda dedicated her new book to her husband, Rob, as well as to author, columnist, and registered nurse Joan Swirsky, whose work is also published at The Post & EmailCanada Free Press, and other sites.

Goudsmit told us that her series arose from her conclusion that there is “a monstrous power-grab” aimed at consolidating authority under the United Nations to enable “one-world government.”

Contemplating her launch of the articles, which total 50, Goudsmit told us, “To me, it’s so interesting.  I’m 72 years old; I never, ever dreamed that in my retirement, I would become a political analyst.  I was an English major in college, and reading and analyzing books was my life.  I have four children, the oldest born in 1973 and the youngest in 1979, the year President Carter established the U.S. Department of Education.  I noticed the change in education when my youngest child was in elementary school in the 80s.  It was called ‘cooperative learning.’  Instead of individual learning, students learned in groups and the schools started introducing pro-collectivist materials into the educational curriculum.”

Fast-forward to today, Goudsmit observed, “It’s frightening.  Now we’re in the third generation of students indoctrinated toward collectivism and one-world government. I didn’t understand then what I was looking at, but what I understood was that when I was young, there were social pressures.  At that time, you grew up; you became a solid citizen, you pledged allegiance to the United States of America. People had differences of opinion but we loved the country; we were taught to love the country.”

Continuing, she said:

I could see that there was enormous regressive pressure not to grow up, and I could see how disruptive it was to society.  Chronological adults were behaving like adolescents. Today, when you look at some of these protesters, they act as if they’re having temper tantrums.  Even in politics, you see how out-of-control they are with what they say and do. We’re encouraged not to assume adult responsibilities.

So in 1995, I started writing down my observations and wrote a philosophy book titled, Dear America: Who’s Driving the Bus?  I couldn’t get it published; no one wanted it, so I threw it in a drawer.  In 2011, when self-publishing started, I figured, “OK, I’m going to do this.”  When it was in the editorial phase, I had a marvelous editor, and she remarked, “This is really political.”  I was confused because I didn’t write Dear America to be political.  I wrote down my observations about the regressive pressures in society and presented a behavioral paradigm that I’m really, really proud of, even more than I was then.

When I was in college, there was nothing that ever really satisfied me to explain why people do what they do.  Explanations were either too parochial and too “this religion says this” and “this religion says that”; or were cultural. I wanted some universal answers to my questions. For myself, I answered it, and that is the paradigm I present in Dear America. Basically, what it’s saying is that we’re all the sum of our parts and that we all develop psychologically on the emotional side in precisely the same way.  So there’s the emotional or psychological development and then there’s physical development.  With the physical, if you’re lucky enough and don’t get hit by a car, you grow up to maturity.

From the emotional point of view, my theory of behavior is this:  we each develop inner entities which stay with us throughout our whole life even though they’re buried deep inside.  A lot of them come from trauma. Let’s say you’re ten and your father dies:  that’s a very sad ten-year-old who lives inside you.  My theory is that we live on a continuum and that our most rational adult self is who should be driving the bus.  The seminal question is, “Who’s driving the bus?”  Is it the most rational adult self or the sad ten-year-old or the angry adolescent or the crying two-year-old?  They all live inside of us and are like lobbyists, all vying for control.  My point is that we have to be responsible for of our entities and all of our decisions.

The entities continue to develop as we age as a natural thing.  My theory is that we can be triggered to have a younger entity take control of the bus, and then society’s in trouble, because freedom is an adult enterprise.  Freedom requires self-restraint and the acknowledgement of other:  that you, Sharon, are as important as I, Linda.  We may disagree, but we agree that we each are important entities that have value.  A narcissist doesn’t think like that; we all start out as total self-absorbed narcissists; a five-year-old doesn’t care that Mom and Dad are knocking themselves out to put food on the table; he just wants the food.

In the 1990s my civilized mind simply could not process that society’s regression was deliberate. Now my working theory is: if you want to know the motive, look at the results.  I began to ask myself what happens to a society that’s reduced to childhood, where you have a bunch of chronological adults acting like five-year-olds?  The country is unsustainable.  So what happens when there’s social chaos?  Then comes the military takeover and the police state.

Who benefits from a regressed society?  It became so clear to me, and that’s when I started writing the “Hoax” articles.  I actually started writing political analysis because of Joan Swirsky.  I was thinking about these things but writing only editorials. Joan had written an article having to do with “Obama’s treachery” and her theory on why.  It was a fabulous article; I took issue with some of it and wrote an editorial, but at the time the comments were closed.  So I sent it directly to her because there was an email address.  That’s how I met her, and we started communicating, and we became very close friends.  She is one of the most extraordinary women I’ve ever met and a very persuasive human being. She said to me, “Linda, forget the editorials; you have to write articles.”  I said, “Huh?  Who wants to read what I’m thinking?”  But she said, “I promise you…” So I started writing articles, and then I couldn’t stop; it was one after another.  I started writing the “Hoax” articles and didn’t think of it as a series at the time. By maybe the tenth one, Joan is the one who said, “Linda, you have to turn this into a book.”  “Who wants to read that?” I thought. When I got to 50, I realized what was going on in terms of the attempted take-downs of a president of the United States.  I’m all for a good debate, but what I cannot stand is the cheating and the lying and the presenting of themselves as your advocate when really, they’re the enemy.

Once I understood that the whole globalist, leftist, Islamist axis is aligned in common cause to take down Trump, it really made me angry.  The enemies arrayed against Trump are all anti-American and anti-America-First policies.  Some of them are the globalists we know, like George Soros and Bill Gates; these are the people who want a one-world government. They want the UN “Agenda 2030” and its 17 Sustainable Goals which are a recipe and a blueprint for a one-world government, run, of course, by the global elite.  And the WHO is part of the UN.  When you see how deeply infected our own governmental agencies are with this — from Obama — he politicized every one of them. And the CDC?  Who would think in a million years that a public-health agency is as corrupt as the rest of them?

Goudsmit said she observed the push toward “globalism” prior to Trump’s election and was facilitated by “puppets” such as Obama and Joe Biden, Obama’s vice president and now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to face Trump in the fall.

Of her thoughts on Trump, she said, “He knows what he’s doing.  My personal feeling about Donald Trump is he came to office because he loves this country, and he wanted to run the country as a profitable family business — the American family business.  I don’t think ever in a million years he dreamed of how the depth and the breadth of the Washington swamp were against him.  I don’t think his civilized mind could absorb that, although it does now.  Think about who he had around him in the beginning; he had to get rid of Tillerson, McMaster — they were all globalists.  Look at Pelosi and Feinstein, the Chinese…my husband calls what is happening now with the COVID19 disinformation campaign ‘globalist Armageddon.’ They really, really want to remove Trump from office and put in one of their globalist puppets like Biden.”

Goudsmit also said that “corruption” and “insider trading” are rampant among America’s elected officials.  “It is an excellent argument for term limits,” she said.

If Trump is re-elected, she opined, “the entire infrastructure of the Deep State is going to be dismantled.  We’re going to see a huge change in this country.  Then he could really clean house,” which she envisions could include a full overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), current and former high-ranking FBI officials, and other former federal officials, of whom she said, “I wonder who is going to be the one to turn on Obama.”

“I think most Americans have no idea of the level of corruption or danger that they’re in in terms of their freedom,” Goudsmit said.  “The big lie is, ‘Everything is going to be great with socialism.’  If their critical-thinking skills hadn’t been pounded out of them in school, all they would have to do is look at any other country in the world where it’s been tried.”


A Transformative Experience

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

My grandson, James, is up here at our house in the country.  He was asking lots of questions about various things on the property, pointing to a pair of upright four by four support posts that at one time had been covered with metal roofing.

I mentioned while pointing to the metal roofing material that had been stacked on the ground next to the fence, that the shed got damaged when a tornado passed close to our house.  We’d been extremely lucky the tornado only took off a couple of sections of metal roofing from the shed; that it could as easily have hit our house and done lots of damage.

The idea of a tornado passing through our property kicked his mind into overdrive as I watched him trying to put all these ideas into a completed thought.  I then explained that the tornado that had barely touched down at our property, that very same tornado made its way over to where the freeway is; again I was pointing in the general direction of the freeway for James to be able to follow the story.

I asked if he remembered being in my truck going into Buffalo on the service road that goes next to the freeway.  I explained that the tornado had destroyed three huge transformers and torn them from off their supports right next to the road and that the electric company had to come out and repair all the damage.

“Wow! The tornado broke the transformers?” Looking at his expression let me know he was thinking of a completely different kind of transformer, those featured on television shows where one moment it’s a pickup truck and seconds later it’s turned into a giant fighting machine standing tall, shooting lightning bolts or rockets out of its extended arms.

I could see an additional explanation would be required as I pointed to the electrical transformer attached to the pole next to our house.  “That’s the kind of transformer that got destroyed; only they were much larger.”

James might not have understood how I could be as confused about something as simple as a transformer, heck; any kid knows what transformers are, just look at what’s available at the toy store.

This exchange reminded me of my son William when he was about the same age.  We’d been planning our vacation and invited Lucy’s dad, Bob Spitler, to go along.  He lived on the other side of town and was about to leave when a terrible thunderstorm moved through knocking out power to his house.

He called letting us know he’d been delayed while waiting for the power company to replace a broken transformer.  Upon hearing this William started bouncing off the walls in excitement.

“Gran-Bobby has a transformer in his backyard!”  Nothing we could say changed his mind, “Gran-Bobby has a transformer in his backyard; Wow!”  Visions of twenty-foot tall superheroes and villains stomping on trees as they marched across his grandfather’s back yard knocking out power lines to the house were running rampant in William’s mind.

About an hour or so later Bob showed up and we were able to leave on our trip.  William made sure to sit next to his grandfather wanting to hear all about the transformer and how it got broken, how it got fixed and how come he’d never told him he had one in his backyard.  It was a great way to start our vacation, one of those delays that you can’t complain took away anything simply because we didn’t get started on time.

Having a conversation with a five-year-old can be a transformative experience.  You can take my word on that.

t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.


Don’t Worry Over Military-Imposed Vaccinations Just Yet; Be Very Concerned about Communist China

By: Arlen Williams | Gulag Bound

“We’re mobilizing our military, and other forces, but we’re mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine. You know it’s a massive job to give administer this vaccine. Our military is now being mobilized so, at the end of the year, we’re going to be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly.” With those words yesterday, President Trump dreadfully alarmed many who are given to alarmism and who would otherwise be some of his most adamant supporters.


This, however, is not news. Trump made it clear in mid-March that our military forces were being utilized in all relevant or contingent scenarios. He was speaking of preparation for potentials. There are many concerns to be had, about rapidly prepared vaccinations and the surveillance of our citizenry in the name of tracking either the contagion, or one’s antibody build-up, or whether or not one is a recipient of whichever as yet hypothetical vaccine. We patriots are not fans. But nowhere did the concept of vaccines being made mandatory come into this discussion with Maria Bartiromo.

Why, just last Friday, Trump suggested COVID-19 vaccines will not likely become necessary, even if they do prove adequate for their initial human Guinea pigs.

Simply put, however, the U.S. Military includes the federal government’s best project managers and our best means of carrying out large scale projects. Furthermore, we are in a massive war, so, military.

Here is what should concern us greatly. In the midst of their constant lecturing to the world that globalism must occur and be done their way, the Chinese Communists intentionally spread a biowarfare virus to the world, to demonstrate the point. Brilliant. Yet, so many still kowtow to these, whose face should be lost down the storm drain, to drift to the sewerage treatment plant.

Many of us, by now, understand this despotic regime of China is at war with the U.S. and the Wuhan virus may be only one phase of it, more to come. And COVID-19 is not the first wave of their war crime atrocities. As Cliff Kincade has pointed out, they have been dumping the pandemonium of Fentanyl into America by probably the murderous ton, by now, causing tens of thousands of deaths in addition to widespread debilitation.

Early in his administration, Pres. Trump raised a furor for calling some nations of the world “sh**-holes.” He and we need to understand very clearly that China is led from a hellhole.

Rather than continuing here, about China’s readily apparent war with America and our critical need for that to be demonstrated to our own citizenry and abroad, please see the article from May 7: URGENT: Pray the Schemes of China and U.S. Subversives be Immediately Exposed.”

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Please, also be concerned about nursing home patients. Trump’s COVID-19 Task Force knew full well by early March, of the likelihood of great harm to our elderly in nursing homes nationwide, due to the Washington State catastrophe. But did they focus on that red-light-critical matter? No, they did not. Adequate federal guidelines (or mandates) were not made. Why? Did some of the Obama holdovers in the White House team think it not such a bad idea to kill off the old folks? Remember what Obama said while selling Obamacare in 2009, give grandma a pain pill and let that be it.

Why has this White House team not been focused on quarantining the vulnerable, rather than all the rest of us who need to make money to pay for their care? And where has Vice President Pence been on the nursing home crisis, bless his sleep-deprived soul? Trump and Pence continue to be perplexingly Deep-State-gullible. They can both be excellent strategists and tacticians, but where is the principle, where is the scrutiny, and where, the discernment? A vocabulary word for you, Messrs. Trump and Pence: perspicacity. Please get more, get lots and lots more, and add sufficient doses of skepticism of Democrats. They are just not like us patriotic Americans.

And be concerned, dear reader, about largely Democrat physicians, largely in our major cities, who refuse to prescribe the successful hydroxychloroquine-zinc-antibiotic cocktails to their largely Democrat patients, who then fail to find another doctor, because… they’re Democrats. That may make for better electoral results, but at what point does it become murder by omission?

If you are a fellow Christian, please interpret “be concerned about,” as: pray. For further references, I suggest today’s Globe & Malevolence and I recommend subscribing to it by email, no charge.


Lessons for Liberators

By: Tabitha Korol

“A Little Piece of Ground,” by Elizabeth Laird, is a propagandist book available to all children in many libraries across the country.  It concerns 12-year-old Karim who lives in Ramallah, historically an Arab Christian town, now a Palestinian city in central West Bank (Judea and Samaria), 10 km north of Jerusalem, Israel.  He hears of nothing but violence and aspires to be the Liberator of Palestine. 


Karim resides with his parents and three siblings on the fifth floor of an apartment building.  He hates living under the occupation, yet no one has told him that the Israelis ceased its occupation three years before he was born.  He knows that a Palestinian gunman shot two people in an Israeli café two weeks ago and, as a consequence, the next building was demolished.  His building is on lockdown, guarded by an Israeli tank to ensure that no one may enter or leave until further notice.  The residents may not go to work or shop for food, and his school was leveled, the computers confiscated.

More recently, a Palestinian gunman opened fire in Jerusalem, gravely injuring five adults and three children.  Three days later, new curfew hours were announced for his area, allowing two hours for shopping and errands.   That evolved into free daytime hours, but confinement continues from evening through dawn.  Now his father may tend his store and inventory, his mother may take the baby to the doctor, and Karim and Joni meet a new friend, Hopper, with whom to play soccer – until dusk.

Karim’s father does not understand why the children must also be punished or why he can’t tend his store when others committed a crime.  The Palestinians are not remorseful of the killings; Laird writes of no regrets.   There is no family discussion to correct the occupation narrative, to discredit the violence, or confirm the value of life.  An effective way for the Israelis to discourage suicidal crimes is to ruin the homes of terrorists’ families, although Mahmoud Abbas reverses the effect with largesse and new homes to the martyr’s family, appropriated from generous humanitarian aid.

The children hear only of their inconveniences.  Karim’s father curses the Israeli occupation that began when he was ten years old, which actually resulted from his own parents’ pivotal decision.  It was 1948 when the United Nations granted statehood to Israel on a little piece of ground, 1/6th of one percent of Arab land, that had always been inhabited by Jews but ruled by a succession of foreign powers. The Jews accepted the offer, the Arabs rejected it, and five Arab armies set outbut failed – to destroy the new Israeli state.  Some of the Arabs welcomed becoming citizens of Israel; Karim’s ancestors chose to remain in Judea and Samaria, renamed West Bank under Jordan’s 19-year rule.  After years of deadly attacks, the armies again mobilized for a full-scale war against Israel in 1967.  Israel was victorious again and captured Sinai, Gaza and Judea and Samaria (Left Bank), and became a reluctant occupier.  As often as Israel offered a land trade for peace, the Arabs refused.  They are waiting for their failsafe victory over the Jews to fulfill Mohammed’s vision.

Since then, the Arabs renamed themselves Palestinians as a strategic tie to the land, living first under Arafat’s Palestinian government rule that began in 2000, followed by Abbas. Israel is not an occupying force, but its forces will control all who may endanger Israeli citizens, by checkpoints and any means necessary.

During some free time, the family decides to visit their family during the olive-picking season.  On the way, they are redirected to a new road that has been cut through the main road, which is now prohibited to non-Israelis.    Karim and the young readers know only that Palestinians are forbidden to use that road; the author does not explain this as a security measure.  Palestinian youths have been hurling rocks and explosives at passing cars for years, causing accidents and death.  The road is now safer, and the Palestinians may use this new route to their destination.  Karim’s parents view this as another deliberate inconvenience because it increases the driving time.  Further down, they come to a roadblock; Palestinians had been killed and one “settler” wounded, the causes left unexplained.  Adult men are asked to leave the car and made to strip down to their underwear.  Karim hates to see his father ridiculed, hates that the IDF is dominant over his people.  Again, no one clarifies this as a response to a confrontation, or that the term “settler” is used to delegitimize the centuries of the Jewish connection to the land.

At his grandparents’ home, after dining and socializing, the visitors learn that the olives are no longer theirs to harvest.  Palestinians had been hurling firebombs at Jews, and the IDF seized the little piece of ground on the hill and announced its zoning for a new Israeli development.  The construction has begun.  The culprits had been apprehended and imprisoned, but these Arab residents are not peaceful or trustworthy.  Later, Karim’s aunt proudly recounts that their cousins and neighbors continue to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers.  We are uncertain that Karim makes the connection between criminality and consequences.

Karim still dreams of being the Liberator of Palestine, of being the one to return the olive trees of four generations to his family.  He has never been told that this little piece of ground had belonged to the Jews through many centuries.  Another announcement on TV states that a suicide bomber has killed eleven Israelis, four of them secondary-school students.  The family deliberates the reprisals, while Karim considers the bomber’s heroism.   The author allows a voice of reason, as though to suggest that there are Palestinians who seek peace.  As the lone voice of conscience and temperance, his uncle speaks privately to Karim, that had the Arabs won the war of 1967, they would be doing precisely what the Israelis are doing now.  He appears to suggest that Karim considers that there is no morality to bombing Israelis, causing blindness, severe disabilities, death, and misery to so many and that it may be time to seek a peaceful solution to their existence, but the opportunity of meaningful conversation is short-lived.  They are called to dinner, where the group recounts the Arabs’ past victimization, the Turks, the English, now the Israelis. There is no mention of Hamas, the terrorist branch of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  On the way home, the newscaster reports of tanks entering Bethlehem, and clashes between Arab youth and the IDF in Ramallah.  This, then, is what surrounds Karim.

Back home with Hopper, his friend talks about his family’s expulsion in 1948, not that they had expected to return victorious to Judea and Samaria after waging and losing their aggressive war against Israel.  At home, he hears of the reprisals for suicide bombers in Bethlehem, eight people killed by tank shells, three houses demolished by bulldozers.  Ramallah is open, but there are roadblocks. He has time to meet his friends, passes a crowd looking at the bridge and at the bomb affixed to its underside.  When he finds Hopper, he learns that Hopper attached a fake bomb, and Hopper rejoices that the IDF has been called to disassemble a sham.  At Hopper’s house, he sees the grandfather’s key from the home they left behind in 1967, in Ramle, which is now in Israel. It endures as a constant reminder of injustice and victimhood.

The three friends had their own little piece of ground near Hopper’s camp, which they have been working to clear for a soccer field.  Hopper had found cans of red and green paint amid the rubble and on his own time, painted stones and positioned them to form the Palestinian flag.  Joni and Karim marveled at his ingenuity.  They had also camouflaged the cab of what was once a car with debris for a perfect hideout.

Today, as they play on their land, a voice suddenly blares, “Being outside is forbidden.”  All but Karim could leave the field quickly.  There are Israeli tanks on higher ground, and his only refuge is the car’s cab.  With nothing but orange drinks to sustain him over two full days and nights, and the companionship of a mother cat and her kittens, he is well hidden.  He suffers from a stray bullet in the back of his leg and bandages it with a piece of clothing, but he remains quiet and concealed until the curfew is lifted and his older brother, Jamal, comes looking for him.  When the small Ramallah hospital staff learns of Karim’s experience and wound, he is hailed as the conquering hero and permitted to return home on crutches after two days.

Karim, home, hears the news, “Israeli tanks fired shells into a crowded building in Rafah last night, killing nine people and injuring . . .”  His friend Joni comes to visit Karim, to tell him that Hopper was shot at last night, but only his arm was grazed, and he would be fine.  Joni also came to say goodbye; he and his family, Christian Arabs, have no future here and are leaving for America.

The lesson learned by the vulnerable reader is that if you suffer nothing but a minor injury in your youth, you may go on to become a full-fledged terrorist.

But the more thoughtful reader should learn that there is nothing to counter the corrosive indoctrination that they are receiving in schools, in their homes, in their mosques, in the news reports.  Ramallah and similar cities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are breeding grounds for terrorism.