It Only Takes A Minute
By Angela Bertz
There are many ways a minute can change your life, especially if you live in Israel.
A minute can be all it takes for you to decide to take your family into a certain restaurant.
A minute can be all it takes for you to make your way, from the front, to the back of the bus.
That minute can save your life, or it can make the difference between life and death.
If you made the right decision it will only take a minute to call someone on a cell phone, to tell them not to worry and that you decided not to go to that restaurant after all. It will probably only takes a minute to explain to a loved one that you are being treated for shock, but thankfully you had already made your way to the back of the bus and the explosion was in the front.
If you were not so lucky the next minute of your life could depend on others.
It may only take a minute for a paramedic to decide if he can save your life or not. It may only take a minute for a doctor in the trauma unit to decide, that only an immediate operation can save your life. It will probably take a hospital admissions clerk less than a minute to check if your name appears on the list of injured. Your family will have anxious minutes waiting to hear how the operation went. That first minute they see you after surgery, attached to tubes and machinery could be a shock for them.
In the worse case scenario, it may seem like the longest minute of a loved ones life waiting for the person in front of them at the forensic lab to tell them the results of the DNA.
It will not have taken a homicide bomber on that bus or restaurant as long as a minute to detonate his explosive belt. He will probably have left a farewell video message to his family, lasting about a minute and telling them to be proud of him.
It won't take Islamic Jihad, Hamas, or whoever organized the bomber anywhere near a minute to claim the attack as "Heroic."
In the old days it used to take Yasser Arafat less than a minute to race between his front and back door. At the front he would appear grim faced before the world's press condemning the atrocity in English, only to race out the back to scream "Jihad" in Arabic.
These days it takes Abu Mazen barely a minute to straighten his designer tie, before appearing in front of the worlds press, telling them the latest attack doesnt serve any purpose. He will then spend the next minute expounding on his unconditional demands for Palestinian statehood to include the "Right of Return" Jerusalem as his capital and the release of all Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli jails. He may grab an extra minute to throw in how unreasonable Israel seems to be towards his requests.
It won't take much more than a minute to read and understand the newspaper headlines, which as usual will be blatantly biased towards Israel, bending over backwards to avoid calling the bomber or the attack terrorism.
On July 7th 2005, four terrorists took less than a minute to detonate four bombs on three London Underground stations and one London Bus. You would have needed more minutes than are in a day to read how many times these attacks were referred to as terrorist attacks in the entire world's media.
It took considerably less than a minute for Tony Blair and the G8 to announce they were pledging another three billion dollars to the Palestinians.
That Den of iniquity the United Nations has used plenty of minutes in the past.
A minute is usually all it takes Arab lackey, Kofi Annan to go through the motions of condemning the latest Palestinian attack. His next minute is usually spent calling for both sides to end the cycle of violence. It doesnt take many more minutes for the Security Council to call a special meeting, not to pass a resolution against the perpetrators but to condemn Israel's response to the attack. They will call it an affront to the sanctity and dignity of the poor plighted Palestinians and how dare Israel search them at checkpoints, or build a wall.
It will not take Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman as long as a minute to get up from his chair so he can give Israel's side of the conflict. In that minute many of the delegates will have left the room. These same delegates will barely need a second, let alone a minute to make their mind up which way to vote.
Thankfully the United States are usually prepared to spend a fruitful minute in the council chamber exercising their right to veto the latest ridiculous resolution.
On July the 7th 2005 as the horror of the first London bombings unfolded the Security Council of the United Nations condemned the attacks as "Barbaric." They went on to relay their deepest sympathy to the families and to the people and government of Great Britain.
You could not have faulted them on their response to the attacks.
They then voted unanimously on adopting Resolution 1611 (2005).
This resolution confirmed the United Nations obligations under Resolution 1373 (2001) to cooperate actively in efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these barbaric acts.
Resolution 1611 (2005) went on to add that it "Condemns without reservation the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005, and regards any act of terrorism as a threat to peace and security;"
The meeting began at 12:50 p.m. and was adjourned at 12:51 p.m.
It had taken them exactly a minute.
Or exactly as long as it would have taken the United Nations, had they even an ounce of moral integrity to have passed just one resolution against the Palestinians for over 100 identical attacks against Israel.
Angela Bertz - Israel
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Reprinted by permission.