The security forces of every western nation went on full alert double time, and so the question posed, is why are we so surprised when we learn of secrets and highly classified material being leaked or stolen or whatever.
In a recent Sydney Morning Herald report a young Israeli journalist is facing serious espionage charges as she allegedly stole more than 2200 classified documents while completing her compulsory military service in 2007.
Anat Kam, 23, who has been under house arrest since December, worked as a desk clerk in the office of the commander of the Israel Defence Forces' central command office. This office oversees the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank territory's and had access to a daily flow of information - summaries of classified meetings, situation assessments and secret investigations - described by the director of Israel's domestic security agency as ''the fantasy of every intelligence organisation' .
Well-Being Australia chairman Mark Tronson, a Baptist minister and cricket chaplain says that we should not be surprised that Israel has a secret service with secret information, and that Israel's security people are involved in activities that will undoubtedly prevent future terrorist attacks against its people. In fact, one must have been immune from any news cast over the past sixty years not to have known this.
There is a wellspring of opinion that 'had' US security agents been as aggressive and determined, as Israeli security personnel appear to be, there may not have been a 9/11.
M V Tronson remembers a home bible study which included an elderly gentleman who migrated from Germany after WWII, who quite rightly pointed out that 9/11 occurred because the US security agencies didn't follow through 'every' lead. He recounted WWII Wehrmacht ABVAR intelligence stories where every 'tid bit' of information was tracked with thorough German efficiency.
One must have been oblivious to post war history not no know that the Israeli secret services have likewise followed through leads, and sometimes with results years later. This was illustrated by the movie Munich which starred Australian actor Eric Bana, tracking down each and every person involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Jewish athletes.
No one should therefore be surprised that a nosey and inquisitive young journalist came across 'secret and explosive' material while working in such a highly classified office.
The Bible is full of this sort of intrigue. Joshua sent his spies into Jericho. Caleb sent spies into the Promised land. The Christians in Damascus thought Saul (Paul) was a spy when he came to them, having met Christ on the road into their city.
It has been said, the best defence is offence, and this means, an intelligence service getting to a situation before 'the bad guys' do their best to engage in their nasty deeds, attempt to destroy our way of life and in some cases, kill every Christian they can find. We should not be surprised, rather 'alert' and 'alert' to speak the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit opens opportunities.