Article Overview:  What would President Bush say to usher the Era of Vigilance into the world?  Find out in his Era Of Vigilance Speech below.
(Note:  If you haven't read the Legends of Vigilance:  A Christmas Story of the Gift of Vigilance, use the following links to review it: Legends of Vigilance:  Part I   Part II    Part III  Part IV   Go to Part V


Wednesday, December 31, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 840
President Bush's  New Year's Message:  "The Era Of Vigilance"
Cliff McKenzie

GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Dec. 31, 2003 --  The following is our draft of what we would like to hear President George Bush deliver on New Year's Eve.

delivered by George W. Bush, President of the United States
12:01a.m., January 1, 2004

         My fellow Americans and fellow Parents, Grandparents, Citizens and Loved Ones of Vigilance throughout the world, greetings.
         One minute ago our world ushered in not just a new year, but a new era.  The Era of Global Family Vigilance.  This Era of Vigilance marks the beginning of the end of the rule of the Beast of Terror. 

"The Beast of Terror fights to drive the world into a state of Fear, Intimidation and Intimidation"

       Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind that Terrorism is a Beast.   Like any Beast, Terrorism seeks to rip, shred, destroy and maim all in its path, regardless of their innocence.
         A deadly virus released by a Terrorist does not discriminate between a mother's newborn and a patrolling soldier.   A land mine poised in the ground waiting for someone to step on it does not have eyes to distinguish whether a young girl's or boy's foot is stepping on its trigger.    A rocket screaming through the air doesn't know that children may be playing a few feet from the landing zone.  Those arming the dirty bomb--designed to spread nuclear death to anyone in its reach--pays little attention to the fetus growing in the pregnant mother's belly who happens to live within a block of the bomb's deadly nesting place.
        The Beast of Terror is blind with hate and rage, blind with anger and selfishness.  The Beast of Terror denies the rights of others while elevating his own right to use tyranny and oppression as fangs of subservience.
         This Beast has and will destroy the peace and security of all people in his pursuit to rule with the Triads of Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.   He struggles to drive the world into a state of  Complacency, wearing down the Sentinels of Vigilance who oppose him.  He hopes we will withdraw our TerrorHunters and leave him free to murder, rape, pillage and plunder civilization with impunity.   He believes if he keeps chipping away with a bomb here, a rocket there, that we will tire of spilling our blood in order to contain him, to expose his nefarious lairs.

"TerrorHunters will not be driven back"

        I assure you the TerrorHunters will not be driven back.  I assure the Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Loved Ones and Citizens of Vigilance that the Beast of Terror will be stopped at every bend in the road where he seeks refuge.   I pledge this not as a commander in chief, but as a Parent of Vigilance who considers the Beast of Terror a threat to not only my children, but to all the children of the world, and to their Children's Children's Children.
        And, I speak to you now as a Parent of Vigilance.
        We, the Parents of Vigilance, will not negotiate with the Beast of Terror.  Our resolve to end the Beast's rule will not be weakened by sideline critics who falsely claim the Beast can suddenly transform from a feral, senseless killer into a sane, civilized creature who cares more about the future of the children than he does his own greedy goals of domination, bullyism, and the oppression of others.
       On March 20, 2003, America and allied forces, launched surgical attacks against one of the most noted Beasts of Terror, Saddam Hussein.   The mission was to stop the threats of Terrorism aimed at the innocent--the mothers, fathers, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones and citizens of the world.  The global community knew that Saddam Hussein had used Weapons of Mass Destruction against his own people, and threatened to use them against anyone at any time who challenged his right to rule with tyranny and oppression.
       Our purpose as Sentinels of Vigilance in Iraq was not singular to removing Saddam and his tyranny of millions of people.   It pitted the will of the Sentinels of Vigilance against the will of the Beast of Terror.  It was not the beginning of the War on Terrorism, but rather the launching of the Era of Vigilance.
      War is ugly.   No civilized nation or person wants to promote war as a solution to differences between peoples, cultures or nations.   War scars all who are part of its wake, no matter how righteous they may be in their intent to create peace out of conflict.
       Vigilance, however, is not war.   Vigilance is the act of pursing the Beast of Terror and neutralizing his ability to inflict Fear, Intimidation and Complacency upon the innocent, the weak, the unprepared.

"On March 20, 2003, we launched the Era of Vigilance, not the War on Terrorism"

       War is a reaction to Complacency.   Wars are fought when people turn their heads to the power of the bully.  After World War I, the world allowed Nazi Germany to accrue more and more bully power.    It turned its attention away from the tyranny and oppression brewing in Berlin until the Terrorism finally exploded, sweeping Europe and creating one of the great holocausts of human history.
        It wasn't until the darkest hour that the Parents of Vigilance reacted to the Beast of European Terrorism.   They realized that the Beast was  threatening not just some nations, but all nations and launched a full force to exterminate the Beast. 
         On March 20 of 2003, America and its allies elected to no longer turn a blind eye to the horrors and threats Iraq posed to the Iraqis and the children of the world.   The lessons of history told us all that Iraq was an axis of Terrorist evil.    Its leader vowed to destroy anyone with any weapon who opposed its goal of domination.  
         Despite the Complacency of certain nations to act as Sentinels of Vigilance, America and its allies chose to neutralize the Beast of Terror.   This meant the mission was not to wage war on Iraq, but rather to rid the land of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that its tyrannical leadership had forced upon the children and parents of Iraq.   
         Fighting a Bully Terrorist,  a Beast of Terror, is not waging war against a nation.    Terrorism is a twisted way of thinking that presupposes the Terrorist has a right to rule others with tyranny and oppression that creates a state of  Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
         Wars are fought over territory, over land, over real estate.    TerrorHunting is a battle with a state of mind, a way of thinking, a way of acting that robs people of their dignity and rights to live and evolve in a state of peace and prosperity.
         Vigilance denies that peace is the end point of war.  There is a delusion that war will bring about peace.   War, unfortunately, is the result of unbridled, unchecked Fear, Intimidtion and Complacency.   Wars happen because of a lack of Vigilance, a lack of constant awareness that the Beast of Terror will appear when ever the world turns its head away from  the bullies.  
         Vigilance means we, as a global community, must no longer think we can win a war and then retreat from the battlefield and assume that the forces of evil and the seeds of the Beast will not rise out of the blood-soaked earth, to sprout again when people relax their grip on the Sword and Shield of Vigilance.
          The allied troops in Iraq are not soldiers, sailors, marines, air force personnel.  They are not military marshals.    They are, Sentinels of Vigilance.
         They are like the school guards who stand at the corner of the local community insuring the safety of children crossing the street.    They are 911 Emergency teams constantly on patrol to insure swift reaction to fires that ignite, to people who are hurt, to dangers that threaten the community.

"Our allied troops, Sentinels of Vigilance, never sleep"

         They never sleep.   Sentinels of Vigilance are duty bound to remember that the Beast of Terror never dies, he just does pushups in the darkness, waiting for a prime time to reappear and grasp the throats of a society that has falsely assumed they are safe from his grip.
          Our presence in Iraq is not an occupation force of a land we seek to control or manage.   Our presence is that of Sentinels of Vigilance, guards posted around the land to alert the citizens of the constant threat of Terrorism, and how to deal with it before it consumes their children, and their children's children's children.   We know that if we ignore the children of Iraq, eventually the Beast will come for our children.
          The presence of our Sentinels of Vigilance in Iraq is also a message to the World of Terrorism that America and its allies will not allow Beast of Terror to tromp on other lands and molest or abuse the children of those nations.   
         There are other Beasts of Terror, some in command of nations, others planning to rule by Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.  They have been put on notice that the Sentinels of Vigilance will not allow them to endanger the future of the Children's Children's Children.
          Libya's recent disclosure of its Weapons of Mass Destruction and agreement to destroy them is but one example.    Those who might have once believed they could sneak arsenals of mass destruction into the living rooms of the world community are now taking second, hard looks at such strategies.
          They know the Sentinels of Vigilance are searching them out.  They know the parents, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, uncles, aunts and loved ones of the world will support all who oppose the proliferation of weapons of tyranny and oppression, especially those weapons which indiscriminately attack and kill the innocent.
          But let us not forget that the most vicious of all Weapons of Mass Destruction is Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.    When a child is threatened, intimidated and robbed of his or her rights to evolve in a free society that nurtures rather than oppresses the child's potential, then such tyranny and oppression is far more threatening than nuclear or biological weapons.  When a society robs a child of its manifest destiny, the crime it commits is Terrorism of the highest level.   This freedom to evolve is the goal of the Sentinels of Vigilance.

"We are not waging a War Against Terrorism but acting as Sentinels of Vigilance"

        Again, we are not waging a War Against Terrorism.   We are acting as Sentinels of Vigilance, understanding that there is no end to the threats of Terrorism.   We are aware we can never sleep, never shut our eyes or turn our heads to the potential danger of the Beast of Terror who waits for the world to become Complacent, who waits in hopes we bury our heads in the sand and allow him to grow strong while we sleep.
          Each of us must be the Eyes of Argus.   We must keep our focus not on winning a war, but on the importance of being constantly Vigilant in all things that matter most to us--the children.
          To effectively battle the Beast of Terror at home and abroad we must all become Sentinels of Vigilance.   The duty of fighting Terrorism cannot be left to one nation, or group of nations, or to the military or political leaders of the world.   The Terrorism in Iraq is only a shadow cast upon the world.  It is a warning that what we do in Iraq will set in cement how we deal with all forms of Terrorism in the 21st Century.  
          This defines our actions as the Era of Vigilance.   It means the  best any nation can offer another is the right of its children to be free from the tyranny and oppression of the Beast of Terror.    This right to be free from Fear, Intimidation and Complacency is a natural right that knows no borders, no ethnicity, no cultural differential, no political polarity.
           The duty to protect these children falls upon the Parents of Global Vigilance, all of us who care about the future of this planet, who believe that the legacy of human beings is the freeing of the children from poverty of both mind and body.   While the physical threat of a bomb or biological weapon hangs in the air, we cannot ignore the emotional threat that suffocates a child's right to evolve in a free society, void of tyranny and oppression that amputates a child's right to grow and prosper.
          We, the Parents, Grandparents and Loved Ones of Vigilance, must be the ones who fight the Beast of Terror in our homes by teaching our children how to have more Courage than Fear, to employ more Conviction than Intimidation, and to take Right Actions that benefit the future generations of all children rather than to fall Complacent to selfish, personal, secular, political, social, religious or cultural agendas.

"We must use our vision to look into the future and see the Children's Children's Children"

          If we all ask:  "What is the right thing for the future of the Children's Children's Children--all of them?" then we are forced to set aside selfish issues, national concerns and political agendas that might skew our answer to favor our particular culture or our particular creed.
         Fighting Terrorism requires that we become Sentinels of Vigilance and  arm ourselves with the Principles of Vigilance to neutralize the Beast of Terror.    Where the Beast seeks to strike Fear, we must employ at least One Percent more  Courage to show our children the Beast has no real power over us.    Where the Beast tries to cast his Shadow of Intimidation, we must muscle our Conviction to stand up to him by at least One Percent more commitment so the Beast doesn not reduce us to a cowering mass.     And, where the Beast seeks to make us think we are not responsible or duty bound to act, or urges us to think we have other priorities of more importance, we must not succumb to such Complacency.  Instead, we must use our vision to look into the future and see the Children's Children's Children, and take the Right Actions, at whatever the price, that best insures the safety and security of future generations.
         The Battle against Terrorism begins in our minds and is won through our Vigilant Actions.
         As 2004 begins, I ask all people of all nations to become a Sentinel of Vigilance.   I ask this of all the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, grandparents, loved ones throughout the world.
        Each of us can start by taking the Pledge of Vigilance.   It is a simple Pledge. We Pledge to protect the children, and their Children's Children's Children from Fear, Intimidation and Complacency by employing Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children.   We recognize that the worst of all enemies is Complacency, the belief that someone else will do what we should.   Only when all of us--Citizens and Parents of Vigilance--stand up to the Beast of Terror, will Beast will run and hide.
        But, he will not give up.

"Usher in the Era of Vigilance"

       He will wait until we become Complacent.   Then, he will rise up again from bowels of Hell.
       That's why, if we Pledge to be Sentinels of Vigilance, and retake our vows to protect the Children's Children's Children each and every day, the Beast will eventually starve.  He will not have Fear to consume, or Intimidation to breathe, or Complacency to refuel his bile.
       I urge you on this New Year's Eve to usher in the Era of Vigilance.   Become, a Parent, Grandparent, Brother, Sister, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Loved One or Citizen of Vigilance today.  
       Do it for the Children's Children's Children.
       Do it for your own children.
       May you and your family have a Vigilant New Year.

Dec. 30--Walking The Path Of Terror

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