Year Anniversary Of The Capture
Of The Beast Of Terror
ZERO PLUS 1188 DAYS,--New York, NY, Monday, December
is the one-year anniversary of the capture of the Beast of Terror--at
least one of them. Saddam Hussein is symbolic rather than singular
to Terrorism. To show the world he did not discriminate in his
sweeping thirst to oppress and tyrannize, he had his sons-in-laws
dragged through Baghdad for defying him, and then sat his grandchildren
on his knee and smiled at them.
is about many different things--emotional, physical and mental,
even, sometimes, spiritual. It exists within us all in different
degrees. Some of us know its presence well and contain or check
it. Others ignore their Beast and act as though people were nails
and they were hammers. Parents, bosses and people of authority
over others often abuse their powers in ways not unlike Saddam
Hussein did. A parent who neglects his or her child, or abuses
the child is just as much a Saddam Hussein as anyone in the world.
A boss who demeans workers and lords the power of a job over them,
forcing them to do things that humiliate them, is just another
Saddam Hussein henchman in a torture chamber.
the story I wrote about Saddam's capture. Since then, there have
been more than 300 different stories about Terrorism I've written.
And thousands more I haven't. Saddam Hussein is one I wrote a
in jail waiting trial is a symbol that we all have our Beast of
Terror trapped within. It is knowing it that counts. That's why
taking the Pledge of Vigilance and living by it is critical, for
we never forget we have our own Saddam Husseins to contend with.
Weapons of Mass Destruction--were they found with Saddam Hussein?
The answer is yes. But, the WMD are everywhere.
They exist in us all, and the capture of Saddam is only
symbolic of the work we need to do to find our own WMD and
Monday--December 15, 2003—Ground
Zero Plus 824 ___________________________________________________________ Capturing The Weapons Of
Mass Destruction: Saddam Hussein ___________________________________________________________ by
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Dec. 15,
2003-- The Beast of Terror is dead in Iraq.
And with his "death" was found the Weapons of
Mass Destruction the world is searching for in a nation
ruled by tyranny and oppression for the past 24 years.
Saddam in custody
Bottom: Saddam arrested
Hussein wasn't captured just by U.S. Special Forces on
Saturday, December 13, 2003. He was captured
by the Sentinels of Vigilance, the mothers and fathers,
the grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins, and loved
ones of all the Children's Children's Children in all
the parts of the world where tyranny and oppression exists.
The great Weapons of Mass
Destruction are not those bacteria or viruses or nuclear
elements that threaten the physical safety and security
of individuals, families, neighborhoods and societies.
The great WMD are those that rob a child of hope, that
torture a parent into a state of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency to act against the oppression that limit a
child's right to evolve, to become the man or woman he
or she wishes to become.
Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency, the Triads of Terrorism, are the real Weapons
of Mass Destruction employed by Saddam Hussein, and all
other tyrants of his ilk, who have attempted throughout
history to suppress the rights of others while expanding
their own selfish causes.
When Saddam was found in
a rat hole near a mud hut, hunkering in a six-by-eight-food
spider-trap hole in the ground, he symbolized all the
WMD the world has argued about existing in Iraq.
America and its allies
knew the real WMD was always Saddam Hussein, just as it
knows that men like Kim Jong Il of North Korea is his
country's worst WMD.
REAL Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq was always
There are other such WMD controlling nations around the
globe. They seek to infect their societies with
the germs of tyranny and oppression, often using torture,
rape, imprisonment and execution as their bacteria, their
virus, their nuclear threats to keep the people on their
knees, begging for favor, fearful of challenging the right
of the leader.
In North Korea the
villagers boil grass to eat and many starve as the tyrant
who heads the nation feasts on power and puffs his chest
in challenge to the world that he is willing to wage war
on anyone who tries to depose him.
He is not alone.
Jong Il of North Korea is his country's worst WMD
In other nations the people's minds are infected with
the same bacteria of Terrorism, haunted by the same viruses
of tyranny and oppression were they to oppose their leadership
and seek equal rights against leaders who use threats
to them, their families, their loved ones to rule the
of Saddam Hussein was the capture of the Triad of Terrorism
in that land--the capture of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
Prior to Saddam's
cowardly surrender where he put up no fight, did not attempt
to take his own life or go out in a blaze of gunfire standing
up for his beliefs, the world was attacking America from
without and within.
of Complacency were firing cheap shots at America, arguing
that it had no right to attack Iraq, that it was the "aggressor"
seeking to rule imperialistically the world.
America, political opportunists attacked the Administration,
hoping to polarize more and more Americans against the
war in hopes they would gain votes by Terrorizing the
Principles of Freedom and Democracy we fight for, and
have always fought for, for citizens of oppressed nations.
focused on the lack of finding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
It was America's position that Saddam was harboring them,
and the invasion of Iraq in March was to free the world
of their threat.
papers headlined with Saddam's capture
The evidence of their presence was historic.
Saddam gassed tens of thousands of Kurds.
He was known to be seeking nuclear capability, part of
his role as the "defiant leader" of the Middle
East, bent on keeping the West from instilling democracy
into a land that thrives on using Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency to keep the people deprived of the freedoms
and liberties sweeping the world.
Now, the proof of the WMD are clear.
They are embodied in Saddam Hussein.
He is the bacteria, the virus, the nuclear elements of
violence against the innocent. He is the symbol
of corrupted power, and the icon of a man willing to waste
his entire nation to serve his own personal goals.
In the end, he died as a coward dies. He begged
for mercy. "I will negotiate! Don't
He spoke those words without a fight. He didn't
try and kill himself or go out in a gun battle with American
troops. He was begging in the end, as
his victims must have begged for mercy before he raped
them, or tortured them, or executed them for opposing
Anyone who thinks the Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
he created in the minds of millions of Iraqis over the
past two decades didn't poison the future of a nation
as viciously as poison gas might have killed the bodies
of the citizens need to look deeper into their own mirror.
of Mass Destruction destroy the hope of children
A Weapon of Mass Destruction is something that destroys
life indiscriminately. When you kill the hope
of a child to grow into anyone he or she wishes to evolve
into, or, you rob a child of hope that prosperity can
be achieved, or you threaten a parent that his or her
children will be tortured or raped if they defy the government
or oppose a point of view, you poison society.
You infect the future of the Children's Children's Children.
when you teach the children to hate, to abhor, to attack
others because of their beliefs, or their nationality,
or their ethnicity, you pervert the right of parenthood.
You become the bacteria of human decay.
Hussein is the Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
is not alone.
are many others like him in the world, some not so prominent
are parents of children here in the United States as well
as the world who manage their children with the same Weapons
of Mass Destruction as Saddam Hussein did a nation.
parents manage their children with the same WMD
as Saddam Hussein did a nation
They use Fear, Intimidation and Complacency to keep their
children in line. Some abuse their children physically,
others emotionally. "You're no good.
You're stupid. Don't bother me.
I wish you were never born. I'm too busy.
Shut your mouth."
Many parents fall victim to being Parents of Terrorism.
They strike so much Fear in their children that the children
hide in holes not unlike Saddam's. They fear
they will never achieve the lofty goal of being loved
by those who degrade them. They
become Emotional Terrorists. Many become bullies,
like Saddam, Terrorizing their children and others.
become Weapons of Mass Destruction, indiscriminately spreading
the bacteria and virus of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
we all may gloat over finding Saddam and the Weapons of
must be wary.
of Terror is still out there.
must be Sentinels of Vigilance and defuse our Weapons
of Mass Destruction
We must be Sentinels of Vigilance, fighting the Weapons
of Mass Destruction he leaves behind.
We must use Courage to conquer Fear, Conviction to fight
Intimidation and take Right Actions that benefit the Children's
Children's Children rather than fall into a state of Complacency
where we do nothing to grow and evolve.
We might have
captured Saddam and cornered the Weapons of Mass Destruction,
but the battle isn't over.
To keep ourselves
ready for the next battle, we all need to become Sentinels
of Vigilance. We need to make sure our Weapons of
Mass Destruction--our Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--is
We can do this
only when we take the Pledge of Vigilance daily, and live
by the Principles of Vigilance. When
we seek this as a goal, we commit ourselves to defuse
the Weapons of Mass Destruction in ourselves and our children.
Only then will
the world be safe from Terrorism.
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