Thursday, 6 June 2013

The 6th of June

It was 69 years ago today.


I always look upon the D-Day moment in American history as probably one of the five most significant moments in defining America.

Sixty-nine years ago....around thirty minutes past midnight....British, American and Canadian troops were busy parachuting down into Nazi-held territory.  Statistically, they probably had a better survival rate than what happened later on the beaches.

Around six-thirty AM, the landing crafts would begin their assault on Normandy.  The first thirty minutes can be best described as a miserable experience for those who came in the first wave.

If you were on Juno Beach....in the first hour or two....fifty percent survival was the result.

If you have a chance to watch Saving Private Ryan....that first twenty minutes of the movie....lays down the whole assault of the beach.  Nothing went as planned.  In the end, it took boldness and creativity for the Americans to break out of the beach, assault the Nazis, and move on.  Those who survived, didn't really get much of a pass.  It was simply day one of another three hundred days of an American march across France, into Germany.

The oddness of the next month after this invasion?  Every single French village that they walked into.....there were crowds of people waving them on, and thanking each one for coming to their rescue.  French women wept, French men offered wine, and French children stood there in awe of a bunch of unshaven American men with a tough character.

This moment has passed on, and what we have left....is Normandy Beach, cemeteries across the landscape, and a written piece in history of an invasion of impossible proportions.  The news folks might mention it for a minute or two, and a few GI's might gather to remember "Joe" or "Fred", and the movie channel might offer five or six movies made over this topic.  That's it.

So I mark the day and tend to remember a bit more than most.  It was probably the only time in European history where 100 Europeans (non-Germans) could be asked about America and all respond in the extreme positive on Americans.  For a brief moment, we were appreciated.

The Jinn

This will take a moment to explain....so bear with me.

In the Catholic world.....there are demons and exorcism rites.  For a Catholic....you just don't take this lightly.  Some might joke occasionally, but they tend to believe in this stuff.

So, in the Muslim world.....there's this thing called the Jinn.

A Jinn is a spirit of sorts.  Could be good....could be bad....could be indifferent.  To the Muslim folks....there are three creations of God: humans, angels, and the Jinns.

A Jinn can be actually physical in nature....touching people and causing things to happen.

Jinns have this funny privilege of existence....they may worship as they desire.  They don't have to follow the Muslim religion. It's generally said that when rapture occurs....even the Jinns will have to account for what they've done over their entire lifetime (a hundred or a thousand years).  Yeah, they could be sent off to hell....if they've done some serious wrongs.

A Jinn can sit peacefully and simply observe life.  A Jinn can walk in and shake the foundations of the Muslim religion, if he or she desires such.

Why does this any of this matter?

Well....there's a Twitter account that's been created.....within Saudi Arabia.  And the guy at the end of the Twitter account?  He confesses......he is a Jinn.  The news media is onto this, and likely to challenge the story a bit, but a smart guy....could dispel their childish game, and motivate followers.

I would imagine somewhere out there in DC tonight....there's a CIA guy sitting there and pausing over this Jinn thing.  What if, you could generate up forty or fifty Islamic individuals or just human beings with no connection to Islam, and connect to the Jinn being?  A Jinn could stand and challenge any Mullah....any jihad dimwit....and even the holy war being conducted right now.

One Jinn....walking a straight and narrow path....refusing to be anything but a Jinn?

Yeah, we may have stumbled on the one point of Islam that opens up massive doors.