CONSIDERING A QUANTUM LEAP : WHAT A FEW DROPS OF OIL CAN DO . . .

ONE IMPORTANT ASPECT OF QUANTUM REALITY IS THAT IT ASSUMES OCCURRENCES ON A MICRO-COSMIC SCALE CAN ALMOST INSTANTLY DRAMATICALLY INFLUENCE OCCURRENCES ON A MACRO-COSMIC, e.g. PLANETARY SCALE.

THIS RELATIONSHIP IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO VISUALIZE OR IMAGINE ON A POPULAR LEVEL.

PERHAPS I MAY TRY TO ILLUSTRATE THIS WITH A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT HAPPENED SOME TIME AGO AND HAS A HIGH DEGREE OF RELEVANCE FOR OUR WORLD TODAY.

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NOW IT BEGINS.

WHEN RUSSIA WAS STILL A NUCLEAR WORLD POWER PERHAPS EQUAL TO THE UNITED STATES THERE WAS ALWAYS THE THREAT OF WORLD WAR III IF CONFLICTS COULD NOT BE SOLVED BY REASON.

FORTUNATELY THE MOMENTS IN OUR RECENT HISTORY WHEN THIS THREAT WAS ABSOLUTELY REAL HAVE BEEN VERY RARE.

ONE OF THESE RARE MOMENTS WAS THE CUBA ROCKET CRISES. ANOTHER RARE MOMENT WAS THE BUILD-UP IN THE MIDDLE-EAST WHEN MOSLEM SYRIA, BACKED BY RUSSIA CONFRONTED CHRISTIANITY IN LEBANON, BACKED BY THE USA.

THE "TRIGGER EVENT" WAS THE OVERTHROW OF THE THEN REIGNING IRAQI GOVERNMENT (THE YOUNG KING FAISAL'S DEAD BODY WAS DRAGGED BEHIND A CAR THROUGH THE STREETS OF BAGHDAD BY HIS MUSLIM BROTHERS). CLICK ON : US MARINES TAKING BEIRUT AIRPORT AND CAMERONIANS IN JORDAN UNDER "MOST RELEVANT LINKS" BELOW THIS ESSAY - FOR THE FULL PICTURE OF THE MILITARY BUILD UP.

THIS BUILD-UP HAD BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY MONTHS, VERY MUCH LIKE THE PRESENT IRAQ BUILD-UP WITH THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE THAT IN LEBANON NUCLEAR POWER STATES (USA AND USSR) WHERE DIRECTLY CONFRONTING EACH OTHER WITH THE ALWAYS PRESENT DANGER OF PLANETARY COLLAPSE. BY A QUIRK OF REALITY I HAPPENED TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE IN LEBANON WHEN THE TWO WORLDS COLLIDED. MY MOMENT IN HISTORY I CONSIDER AN EXAMPLE OF A QUANTUM LEAP.

I WAS A MAD VERY YOUNG BLOND AIRLINE PILOT FROM HOLLAND IN THOSE DAYS AND

HAD RECENTLY DONE A LOT OF FLYING MAINLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR ABOUT A YEAR. THIS HAD BROUGHT ME TO MANY EXOTIC PLACES LIKE BAGHDAD, CAIRO, DAMASCUS, AMMAN, JERUSALEM , BEIRUT AND MANY OTHERS ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS. NEEDLESS TO SAY I NEW THESE CITIES AND THEIR INHABITANTS LIKE MY INSIDE POCKETS AND THEIR WAS ALWAYS SOME HEAVY STUFF GOING ON , JUST LIKE IN OUR PRESENT TIMES . FOR A YOUNG AIRLINE PILOT I GOT INVOLVED IN THE STRANGEST SITUATIONS OFTEN INVOLVING COMPLEX MILITARY BUILD-UPS, ACTS OF SABOTAGE, YOU NAME IT. I HAD JUST BEEN FLYING HEAVILY ARMED BRITISH TROOPS (CAMERONIANS) TO AMMAN, FORCE LANDED WITH A PLANE FULL OF MUSLIM GENERALS WITH A SABOTAGED HYDRAULIC SYSTEM, FOLLOWED BY A TRIP BY CAR THROUGH THE DESSERT TO DAMASCUS -HALF OF THE TIME TOWED BY CAMELS-, WHERE I FINALLY GOT A NEW DC3 TO BEIRUT.

THIS IS WHAT THEN HAPPENED ON BEIRUT AIRPORT.

I WAS STANDING ON THE RIGHT WING, REFUELLING MY DC3 WHEN THE FUELCAP WHICH HAD A FEW DROPS OF OIL ON IT SLIPPED OUT OF MY HAND STRAIGHT INTO THE WING FUEL TANK !! I STOOD PETRIFIED, IMAGINING HOW THE ENTIRE WING WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN APART TO REMOVE THE CAP. I WAS SURROUNDED BY BOISTEROUS MOSLEM GROUND CREW (ALL PROUDLY CARRYING M1 RIFLES). THEY OBVIOUSLY IMMEDIATELY REALIZED THE CATASTROPHE, THEN ONE YOUNG KID STANDING ON THE WING WITH ME SIMPLY PUT HIS THIN ARM THROUGH THE REFUELLING OPENING INTO THE TANK AND MIRACULOUSLY FOUND THE CAP WITHIN SECONDS! EVERYONE STARTED TO LAUGH AND CHEER THE CLEVER BOY !

MY NEXT DIRECTLY RELATED "INCIDENT" A FEW HOURS LATER WAS A BIT MORE SERIOUS.

THIS WAS WHEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO LEAD THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS INTO BEIRUT AIRPORT. I REMEMBER IT WELL BECAUSE THIS WAS MY BIRTHDAY, THE 15TH OF JULY.

"HOPPY", MY BEAUTIFUL 17 YEAR OLD STEWARDESS FROM PALESTINE , HAD JUST GIVEN ME A TWO WEEK OLD UTTERLY WHITE KITTEN (WHICH I NAMED BLACKY ). I HAD ALSO BEEN GIVEN A NEW UNIFORM WHICH WAS JUST A BIT TO NARROW AND THE STEWARDESSES HAD BEEN JOKING ABOUT IT . ON MY BIRTHDAY THEY CHUCKLED IT HAD GROWN AGAIN . . . THAT SORT OF THING. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THOSE SILLY GIRLS CAN BE LIKE . . .

JUST AS I WAS ABOUT TO DEPART FROM BEIRUT BACK TO DAMASCUS SURROUNDED BY STILL SMILING AND JOKING GROUND CREW WAVING WITH THEIR RIFLES THE TOWER TOLD ME TO SWITCH OFF. THE AIRPORT WAS BEING CLOSED.

OF COURSE I HAD NOTICED THE FOREST OF WHITE PLUMES OF SMOKE APPEARING AT THE HORIZON (US 6TH FLEET MOVING IN) SO IT WAS NOT DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT SOMETHING WAS UP AGAIN. BEING MAD AS I WAS AND WITH A DATE IN DAMASCUS I THOUGHT I'D GO AND FIND OUT HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE .

WHEN I GOT TO THE BEACH I RAN INTO THE GUYS IN THE FIRST LANDING CRAFT AND WITH MY UNIFORM WITH WING AND MANY GOLD BARS IT MUST PERHAPS HAVE LOOKED A BIT OFFICIAL . SO WHEN I BEGAN ASKING QUESTIONS I WAS RESPECTFULLY TAKEN TO A GUY NAMED HARRY (WHO WAS IN CHARGE). HARRY CALLED FLEET COMMAND, SPOKE TO A GUY I BELIEVE NAMED BURKE, THEN HE TOLD ME IT WAS NOT SURE HOW LONG THE AIRPORT WAS GOING TO BE CLOSED.

THEN HARRY ASKED ME A FEW QUESTIONS OF HIS OWN WHICH RESULTED IN MY TAKING THE FIRST PLATOON ( I BELIEVE IT WAS 2/2) ACROSS THE MAIN RUNWAY INTO BEIRUT AIRPORT.

IN CASE OF HOSTILITIES THE GUYS WOULD HAVE BEEN SITTING DUCKS ON THE LARGE MAIN RUNWAY WHICH RAN PARALLEL TO THE BEACH SO IT WAS ONLY LOGICAL I SHOULD WALK UP FRONT SINCE MY MUSLIM BROTHERS NEW ME, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE "LITTLE INCIDENT" WITH THE FUEL CAP AN HOUR AGO.

I GOT A BIT WORRIED WHEN I NOTICED THE GUYS BEHIND ME WHERE ALL MOVING FLAT ON THEIR BELLIES, POINTING MORTARS , MACHINE GUNS AND BAZOOKA'S TO THE CANNONS AT THE AIRPORT ALL POINTING TO THE FLEET WHEN WE CROSSED THE RUNWAY. THEY HAD NOW WAY OF KNOWING WHO WHERE THE GOOD GUYS ! THEN I REALIZED I WAS THE ONLY SITTING DUCK . . . SUDDENLY I SAW MY GROUNDCREW KIDS WAVING AT ME . . . I FELT A BIT BETTER THEN, BUT NOT FOR VERY LONG . . .

ODDLY ENOUGH I SUDDENLY NOTICED HOPPY, LOOKING LIKE A BEAUTIFUL FRESH ROSE IN MAY . SHE HAD COME AFTER ME , HOLDING BLACKY IN HER ARMS. I REMEMBER THAT, DIM. AND INNOCENT AS I WAS, THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME I GOT REALLY WORRIED.

IT WAS WHEN I HEARD THE YOUNG TENSED AND SWEATING USMC LIEUTENANT, JUST BEHIND ME MUMBLING "GOSH IF ONLY I COULD EAT THAT BLACK PUSSY" . . .

WHERE THE GUYS THAT VICIOUS? AND HOW COULD HE KNOW I NAMED HER BLACKY ?! WAS THE BUREAU TAILING ME AGAIN?

P.S.
OFF COURSE THE WISE GUYS AMONG YOU (AND MY BROTHERS FROM THE BUREAU) CAN EASILY VERIFY THIS STORY USING VARIOUS SEARCH ENGINE TECHNIQUES AND A TOUCH OF CLEVER THINKING. GOOD LUCK ! (HINT: IT IS EVEN RUMOURED THAT I WAS A SPY FOR NATO IN MY BOYHOOD . . . WAS RUDY FINOLD BEHIND THIS AGAIN . . .? ) .

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