OF THE FIRST GLOBAL
SENTINEL OF VIGILANCE?
ZERO PLUS 1226 DAYS,--New York, NY, Thursday,
January 20, 2005--Fans
of U.S. President George W. Bush will be heralding him this
morning as the first "Global Sentinel of Vigilance."
His detractors will continue to label him a Beast
of President Bush will be heralding him as the first "Global
Sentinal of Vigilance"
President Bush will take the 55th Presidential
Oath to legally anoint him as both the Chief Executive Officer
in charge of the economic viability of America's prosperity,
and America's Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces--the single
individual who can, by the nod of his head, engage the United
States in "acts of war" against individuals and nations.
will continue to label him a Beast of Terror
In March of 2004, the United States launched a
major "war" against one individual-Saddam Hussein.
We may have captured the "Head Of The Beast," but
his many arms and legs still flail wildly, seeking to prove
that there is no ultimate victory against Terrorism.
America's population of nearly 300 million represents
less than six percent of the world's 6.4 billion human beings,
yet when it comes to battling the Beast of Terror, America assumes
a huge percentage of the burden--well over 90 percent. America's
largest ally in Iraq, Britain, has 8,500 troops in Iraq compared
with nearly 140,000 U.S. troops, a ratio of 6 percent to 94
In fairness to Great Britain, its population at
60 million is five times less than the United States. On a per
capita troop basis, England represents 30 percent of all the
troops in Iraq.
Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stood in the face of national
and global criticism in support of the United States fighting
the Beast of Terror
England's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stood in
the face of national criticism in support of the United States'
engagement with the Beast of Terror in Iraq.
In synchronization with President Bush, Mr. Blair
has both strong supporters and rabid antagonists regarding British
involvement in Iraq. Taking on an "enemy" without
a "clear and present" danger flies in the face of
most nations' foreign policy platforms. Only when there is a
gun pointed to the head of a nation does it feel justified to
roll out its war machinery and spill its warriors' blood.
Originally, the Weapons of Mass Destruction threat
was a sufficient "gun to the head" allowing the United
States, Great Britain and other smaller allies to storm into
Iraq and depose Saddam Hussein. When it was found that faulty
intelligence misled the leaders, the legitimacy of the invasion
and "right to go to war" was put in dire question
by those in opposition to America's or Britain's unilateral
action against Iraq.
As major European nations such as France, Germany
and Russia sat on the sidelines, American and British blood--blended
with a handful of allies--soaked into Iraqi soil. So far, more
than 1,300 American lives have been given toward the freedom
of Iraq's 25 million current citizens.
The number of British deaths parallels its troop
size. Some 76 British members of the armed forces have been
killed in Iraq, representing 5.5 percent of the total U.S. troop
deaths. But, on per capita population basis, English deaths
amount to thirty percent.
America isn't the only Global Sentinel of Vigilance
willing to stand up to Terrorism. A nation one-fifth our size
is standing beside us. On a quid pro quo basis, England's 8,500
troops would be 42,500 if it were as large as the U.S. and sent
troops in the same percentage as it has with its current population,
and, the number of British deaths of 76 would expand to 380
of the current 1370 U.S. count.
This morning, for the 55th time in U.S. history,
a man will place his hand on a Bible and swear allegiance to
the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution of any
nation is simply a vow to do what is right for the future of
the children's children's children safety, security and prosperity.
see George W. Bush as a man violating the Constituion
may not see the looming presence of Terrorism
Those who see George W. Bush as a thorn in democracy's
side, as a man violating the Constitution by engaging America
in wars based on executive rather than congressional concurrence,
may myopically not see the looming presence of Terrorism on
The launch of the new millennium, which some claim
didn't come into being until January 2001, brought with it a
new kind of enemy--the "enemy within" versus the former
In "olden days" the largest threat to
America's security, or to any nation's for that matter, was
the violent act of another nation seeking to enslave and assimilate
its people under belief systems at odds with its conqueror.
And while that potential exists today (North Korea, Iran) and
will always when any nation amasses power and a thirst to expand
its borders, the more nefarious nemesis to any world leader
is the handful of Terrorists who, for a wide range of reasons
both rational and irrational, can endanger an entire society
with their individual madness.
but a pimple on a mountain of what is yet to come
The "Terror Wars" have just begun, and
Iraq is only a pimple on a mountain of what is yet to come.
Before power was centralized in modern governments
as it is today in some 200 nations around the world, factions
ruled the world. Small warlords commanded patches of land and
property, similar in size to counties. One might liken the American
Indian tribes to such a system.
China was ruled by warlords before surrendering
to an "empire." The principle of knights in Medieval
times was that lords virtually owned their property and were
a constant threat to the king that they might rise up and depose
Terrorism in the 21st Century is a historic retrofit
to the days of anarchy when there was no "United Nations"
or "International Crimes Commission" or systems and
structures to tame the "Beast of Terror" in charge
of a plot of ground for as long as his sword was able to protect
Great power has gone to the few today because
civilization has learned to enjoy itself. The idea of living
in relative safety and security has swept over most of the industrialized
nations and the thirst to enjoy that serenity teases the appetite.
Going to and from work without worrying if you'll be the target
of a sniper or a suicide bomber, or that you'll be kidnapped
and decapitated on world television, has soaked into the marrow
of most Americans and Europeans, and many Asians.
a few can make millions cower
Suddenly, the few can force millions to cower.
A single cell of Terrorists with a "dirty bomb" or
some biological weapon that can upset the health and welfare
of tens of thousands is about equal in Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency (powerlessness) to the threat of a nuclear missile
being launched by some rogue enemy nation.
Unfortunately, it is far too logical and plausible
for the Act of Terrorism to be considered real than the nuclear
missile, for while one act would create a reaction, the other
If America comes under Terrorist attack, the best
it can do in retaliation is to look under every rock, into every
cave and spider hole, in hopes the "enemy" will be
found hiding therein.
President Bush didn't attack Iraq. He attacked
the "symbolic head of Terrorism."
Most terrorists prior to the Iraq War thought
that any act they might perform would not be met with the massive
effort we've seen in Iraq.
Our actions in that nation are not just to free
the Iraqi people, but to prove to Terrorism in all its shapes
and forms of our commitment to use all our power to eradicate
it, one Terrorist at a time if necessary.
has assumed the role of the Sentinel of Vigilance in the
We have assumed the role of the Sentinel of Vigilance.
This is a quite different role than anyone in the world has
ever taken on, because the world has never been configured as
it is today. Prior to the 21st Century, there was not a global
community so interwoven with interdependence and enjoy such
high standards of living that a threat to that way of life would
cause its entire population to run to a corner and hide in hopes
the "shadow of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency"
would pass over them without leaving a scar.
Neither were there such powerful "individual"
weapons that, in the hands of a small few, could put great chunks
of humanity at risk.
In other words, the evolution of society has created
the Bully Terrorist, has whetted his appetite to prove to the
"big guys" that their desire to maintain the "status
quo" is their greatest vulnerability. Fearful of disrupting
the "safety" of their societies they will do what
Russia, Germany, France and countless other nations did regarding
Iraq--sit back and watch and hope that by feeding the alligator
it will eat you last.
America and England, however, stood up to the
Beast of Terrorism.
Around the world, each current and future Terrorist
knows at least two nations--both incredibly powerful--will hunt
them to the ends of the earth should they attack.
For that reason, the blind who see President Bush
as some power-hungry cowboy willing to put America at risk over
an egotistical desire to show his teeth and revenge his father
while feeding his oil-sucking friends, will continue to be blind
to the most obvious of all truths.
That truth, or at least one of them, is that today
we will be given our 55th President of the United States. Unlike
the previous 54, this one will be the first President of Vigilance.
To The Chief" will change to "All Hail The Sentinel
He will usher in the Era of Vigilance.
And, it will not be for the reasons the blind
think. He will fight the Bully Terrorist for one reason, to
protect the future for the Children's, Children's Children.
We won't say: "All Hail The Chief,"
The new cry will be: "All Hail The Sentinel
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