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Article Overview: "Lack of imagination" is termed the key flaw in the new 9/11 Commission report released this week. The report cites 37 ways to strengthen our nation's external security. But what about our "internal security," the security of the self? The 9/11 report is void of how to protect a child from Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, the Triads of Terrorism. Find out what the 9/11 report missed and how you can take charge of your own personal Homeland Security.

GROUND ZERO, 04·07·25, NEW YORK, NY--1049 Days From Ground Zero Plus One—The historic 9/11 Commission, formally known as The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, summed up its findings this week in a book-length report that cites the “lack of imagination” as the key flaw that led to the successful assault on America’ security on September 11, 2001.

But, the report skirts the real issue.

It slides over the heart of Terrorism’s true nature—that the Beast of Terror is doing pushups in us all, waiting for a chance to escape the corrals of civilized behavior and turn any of us into “monsters” capable of far more devastating acts than those that occurred on September 11, 2001.

In referencing the “lack of imagination” in the report, the authors stated: “We do not believe the leaders understood the gravity of the threat.”

If “lack of imagination” is the crux of the cause of physical terrorism from forces seeking to do ill to the security of America, then an even greater “lack of imagination” exists in those who think that Terrorism can be prevented by the 37 recommendations outlined in the 9/11 Commission report.
Terrorism is fertilized by those who point fingers at others
Terrorism isn’t about the result of the acts of Terror, but instead about its causes, its roots, its seeds, its fertilization by those whose arrogance likes to point fingers at others rather than recognize that to do so, three other fingers point back at the accuser.
Terrorism is about infecting an individual with Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. It’s about weakening the sense of individual security and turning threats and shadows into realities that eat away at one’s Courage, Convictions and Right Actions.

All the physical and governmental defenses in the world cannot keep the maggots of Terrorism from feeding off the carcass of human frailty for Fear is cancerous unless it is treated, and will gnaw at the marrow of an individual’s and a society’s constitution unless it is countered with its antidote—Courage.

The same is true of Intimidation and its antidote, Conviction; and also the last of the Triads of Terrorism, Complacency, which must be countered with Right Actions that benefit the Children’s Children.

The 9/11 Commission skated over these primary concerns, assuming that the protection from Terrorism was an external rather internal challenge that could be met by someone sticking his or her fingers in the holes of the dyke.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

First, physical terrorism is here to stay. No longer will anyone escape its threat. September 11, 2001, was only an exclamation point as to the severity of Terrorism, not its entrance into our society.

True Terrorism—Fear, Intimidation and Complacency—has existed since the dawn of America, and, for that matter, the dawn of the world. It has manifested itself in the “faces of evil” such as the Genghis Khans and Adolph Hitlers and Saddam Husseins, but it also exists in much smaller proportions.

The parent who molests his or her children is just as vicious a Terrorist as any of those who flew the airplanes into the World Trade Center.
Parents can be terrorists, too
The parent who tells a child: “I wish you were never born,” ranks up with the worst of “evil monsters” for that individual is destroying an innocent child’s self worth in a slow torturing process that is far more cruel than the beheadings we see and read about in Iraq.
Statements by parents: “It’s too bad you’re not smart enough…” Or, “It’s too bad you’re not as pretty as…” Or, “I’m too busy now….” Or, “don’t bother me, can’t you see I’m watching TV.!” All these little “emotional booby traps” that mount up into suicide bombs infecting a child’s sense of worth, crippling a child’s vision and image of himself or herself. Each level of pain and suffering is delivered by a parent, someone who is supposed to represent the “Emotional Homeland Security” of the child.
Anti-Terrorism begins at home.

When societies live in Fear, Intimidation and Complacency and rely on secondary sources such as governments to protect them, they become subservient to an outside force. They relinquish their right, their duty, to protect themselves and their children from the true impact of Terrorism—the Fear, the Intimidation and the Complacency that provides the fertilizer for Terrorism to attack.

Terrorism is a bully. It seeks to demoralize and render impotent human Courage, Conviction and the ability to take the Right Actions necessary to protect future generations from harm.

Plugging up external holes in the Terrorism grid cannot assuage it.

The true grid that needs to be strengthened is the mindset of each parent, grandparent, cousin, uncle, aunt and loved one who is willing to dedicate him or herself to the ongoing duty to stop and think about protecting a child’s sense of self. It is the child’s innermost emotional security that will thwart a bully that will drive a Terrorist from the desire to induce Fear or Intimidate because the society refuses to be driven down by such acts.
But this cannot come about until a society is willing to fight Terrorism within itself first, and secondly, without. Until a society makes a Pledge of Vigilance, and directs that Pledge to its children, and to all the children of the world, will the true antidote to Terrorism begin to heal the wounds of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.

The 9/11 Commission report scratches the surface of this issue.
We all must stretch our imaginations into the future for the Children's Children's Children
Its comment about the “lack of imagination” is a reminder to us all that we must stretch our imaginations into the future. We must see the Children’s Children’s Children’s rights to freedom not just as an external extension of human liberty, but an internal one as well.
It means we must guard ourselves to not be selfish regarding our children, and recognize their need to deal with their own Beast of Terror, and to teach them how to balance the primal nature of us all to think we are “less than,” or “not as good as,” or “not as gifted as” or “not as lucky as,” others who have, or appear to have, more than we.

The right of the self to be its strongest self begins with the recognition that within us all is the Beast of Terror trying to delimit our human potential, eating at it like termites at a foundation, or drops of water eternally pounding on a rock.

When we fire our imaginations, we see that Terrorism can be stopped in the mind of a child by the safety and security of a parent's or loved one’s arms, by a soothing comfort, by teaching a child that he or she can have at least One Percent more Courage than Fear, One Percent more Conviction than Intimidation, and that we can take One Percent more Right Actions to benefit future generations than fall into the quagmire of Complacency that suggests someone else is responsible for our safety and liberty.
To launch your own 9/11 Commission report, simply take the Pledge of Vigilance. Vow to it each and every day. Pass it on to your children and loved ones.

Then, Terrorism will be on its way. The opposite way. It will seek out those who are ill prepared to handle the Beast's venom, and we will have the antidote.

July 24--"When Is The Right Thing To Do The Right Thing To Do

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