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What happens when a young woman gets the wrong heart and lungs
transplanted in her body? When she is Type O and the
transplant is Type A, a war breaks out between the white cells and the
intruding cells. They become oil and water, and her life
hangs by a thread. America is acting as a heart
surgeon in Iraq, ready to transplant democracy where tyranny exists by
cutting out the leadership cancer of Saddam Hussein. How
parallel is the U.S. position toward Iraq to that of 17-year-old
Jesica Santillan? Find out why America is the "heart
surgeon" willing to transplant the vital organs of Iraqi leadership.
21, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 527
Terrorism's Attack On Heart
Transplant Victim Sends Signal
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Feb. 21--As the world
sits on the brink of a War Against Terrorism, a 17-year-old 80-pound
Jesica Santillan clings to thin strands of life. Her immune system is
rejecting a heart and lung transplant following a botched operation.
She's fighting her own war against Terrorist Cells.
Her battle is not unlike the one America is dancing with over Iraq.
Doctors at Duke University Hospital in
Durham, N.C., mistakenly placed a heart and lungs in Jesica
Santillan's body that
were of an incompatible blood type. The teenaged illegal
immigrant--whose family slipped across the U.S. border from
Guadalajara, Mexico in a last desperate attempt to gain access to
high-quality American medical technology and expertise--has been given
less than a slim chance of surviving. Cell Terrorism is
Jesica and mom
after first surgery
The human body is
constructed as an anti-Terrorist
fortress. Its immune system is on constant Vigilant Guard to attack Terrorist cells
seeking to invade its domain. When the
immune system is weakened by confusion or Complacency, Terrorists gain control.
Complacency is the cause of Jesica's problem.
Ms. Santillan's blood type is "O."
The heart and lungs transplanted into her body on February 7 came from
a donor with Type A blood. The mixture is like parachuting
a battalion of Iraqi Royal Guards onto the front lawn of the White
A full-scale war is underfoot inside
Ms. Santillan's body between Type A and Type O blood cells.
Deadly antitoxins are being created as the Type O cells battle the foreign
invaders, the antibodies of Type A. Her body is a precursor of the
devastation that might be unleashed by Saddam Hussein when and if the
U.S. attacks Baghdad and Mr. Hussein releases the biochemical weapons
some say he has ringed around the city for a last ditch attempt to
protect his tyrannical leadership of more than 23 years.
Pessimism, not unlike that issued by France,
Germany and Russia against U.S. forces invading Iraq, reigns among
doctors regarding the survival odds of Ms. Santillan.
The New York Times reported today that a "monster immunological
attack on the mismatched organs" is currently sapping Ms. Santillan's
chances of pulling through.
If she survives the initial rigors of surgery,
her chances of serious long-term medical problems from infection and
immunological disorders are about 80 percent, said Dr. Mehmet Oz, a
heart surgeon at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center in
Manhattan. Duke University doctors involved in the operation are
much more optimistic. They give her a 50-50 chance.
Ms. Santillan's parents came to Raleigh-Durham
from Mexico and stood on street corners with tin cans to collect funds for the
operation. They held signs that shouted: "Save Jesica!"
A local home builder, Mack Mahoney, took up the
"Save Jesica" standard and helped raise the funds necessary for the
operation. Mahoney founded the Jesica's Hope Chest, Inc.,
a foundation for critically ill children Lung transplant
procedure is still considered cutting edge--only 27 such operations
were conducted in 2001.
Jesica's Hope Chest site
before and after her first operation
A second donor was found this
time having matching matching blood types and Jesica was operated on a
second time. However, it is speculated the weakened state
of Ms. Santillan's body to ward off the Type A cells from the previous
operations will make the odds of a successful second transplant as
slim as one percent.
Ms. Santillan's plight underscores the fact
that Terrorism takes many forms. The immune system is just
one of the many battlegrounds for the Beast of Terror.
So often we think of Terrorism only
in terms of "enemies" such as Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden,
the Palestinian suicide bombers, or the impending threats of North
Korea's Kim Jong Il.
We forget that nature pits Terrorism
and Vigilance against one another on a daily basis, and its most clear
evidence is the human immune system's reaction to "foreign invasions."
A cut, scratch or infection upon
one's body is met by Sentinels of Vigilance--white cells that act as
Shields and Swords of Vigilance driving off the Beast of
Terror--infection. These healthy Guardians of Vigilance
surround the "foreign" cell and obliterate it whenever possible.
The immune system literally guards
against "weapons of mass destruction" (WMDs) that threaten the
security of a person's immune system. These WMDs come in the
form of bacteria.
White Cells Of
Whenever a germ or infection
enters the body, the white blood cells snap to attention and race
toward the scene of the crime. The white blood cells are
continually on the lookout for signs of disease. When a germ does
appear, the white blood cells have a variety of ways by which they
can attack. Some will produce protective antibodies that will
overpower the germ. Others will surround and devour the bacteria.
The white blood cells have a
rather short life cycle, living from a few days to a few weeks. A
drop of blood can contain anywhere from 7 000 to 25 000 white
blood cells at a time. If an invading infection fights back and
persists, that number will significantly increase.
A consistently high number of
white blood cells is a symptom of Leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
A Leukemia patient may have as many as 50 000 white blood cells in
a single drop of blood.
Our white cells are
designed to metaphorically have at least One Percent more Courage,
Conviction and take at least One Percent more Right Actions necessary for our systems to
survive the onslaught of disease and infection. The Vigilant
White Cells protect us
from disease and infection so we can propagate and extend life to our
Children's Children's Children.
But when the immune system is
weakened, Terrorist Cells gain the upper hand. They
overpower the Vigilant Cells--with One Percent more
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. White cells are engineered
to drive out the Terrorist "infection," just as America is poised to do in
Iraq, or did in Germany, Paris and Japan in World War II, or Korea
following that, or attempted to do in Vietnam.. If the white cells lose the battle, physical Terror
rules. Often, death results.
The common cold is a minor example of a Terrorist
attack upon the body. The HIV-virus is an extreme example of a
frontal suicide assault on the immune system. It renders the immune
system helpless as WMD--Terrorist Cells--rape, pillage and plunder the
Our world is like the human body in respect to the
White Cells of Vigilance.
Nations are designed as a community of white cells, each individual in
its own way, yet collectively bound to one another to defend the
intrusion or threat of Terrorist Cells.
Cell unity is based on the natural desire
of the "human collective body" to protect its self
from crippling effects brought upon it by Terrorist Cell States.
Cells form the United Nations of Cell Vigilance when they are
threatened, but otherwise live a normal quiet life of "doing their
thing" separate from other cells. They truly are "one out of
many," sovereign yet collective in one respect--they instinctively
know they must fight Terror Cells as a unit. They know one
cancer cell, for example, can grow suddenly and eat them to death, and
thusly Terror Cells must be attacked and destroyed before they can
spread and infect the whole.
In a similar way,
Terrorism is bent on driving Courage away with the Forces of Fear in
the human psyche. It seeks to
stomp one's Convictions into the earth by the Power of Intimidation,
and to ultimately turn the ability of Right Actions in behalf of the
Children's Children's Children (future generations) into a state of
fatigue and Complacency where we throw up our arms and stop fighting
it, or, in the case of the United Nations Security Council, where we
either drag our feet or are asked to ignore the problem until it has
metastasized into a giant Class V tumor that bursts through into the
main body. Instead of cutting out the Terrorism, the U.N. wants
to homeopathically cure the ill with herbs and chants.
Recently, millions of people around the
world protested America's position on Iraq, calling for a stop to U.S.
aggression against Saddam Hussein. The protestors cried for the world's
immune system to stop threatening the Terrorism Cells alleged to be
breeding inside Iraq's borders. They railed on the White Cells
to turn away from the cancer and "let it be." They said there
was no "smoking gun," that the tumor hadn't grown large enough yet to
demand an operation.
Iraq - a
carcinogen of Humanity
Some argue that America
and Britain have no right to be the leading
"White Cells of Vigilance." They
insist the Terrorism Cells of Iraq must be further diagnosed.
They ignore the evidence that Saddam Hussein's attempts to hide or disguise
his programs of building WMDs is a sign that Iraq is a Cancer Nation
that needs immediate "Terrorist
Medical Surgery." They ignore the nation's "Terrorist Medical
History" including the gassing of thousands of innocent Kurds, brutal Terrorism of
its citizens, avowed position as the aggressor of the Middle East who
wants to rule a unified Arab Nation and decry America's diagnosis that
Iraqi leadership is "Carcinogenic to
The Doctors of Vigilance--America and
transplant Iraq's heart. They want to cut out the Terrorism
Cancer and replace it
with a more Vigilant organ, one that beats with Freedom rather
than Oppression, that offers more Democracy than Tyranny.
and Doctor Bush, Doctors of Vigilance
Critics argue that transplanting
Iraq's heart will set a precedent of "political surgery" on other
nations such as North Korea. They fear that America will
become the great "heart surgeon" of the world, commanding the right to
transplant any nation's vital political, social and moral organs that
don't conform to those of the West. Two of the loudest Voices
condemning this approach include France and Germany.
Their solution is to wait until
the disease spreads and becomes an imminent threat not just to the
citizens of the "national body," but to the appendages surrounding it.
France, Germany, Russia and China--Security Council heavyweights with
veto power--would prefer to quash the U.S. surgical teams poised to
invade Iraq and try to talk the Terrorist Cells into leaving the body
of Iraq, or, into capitulating to the will of the United Nations by
allowing weapons inspectors full, free "search and destroy" missions.
They forget that cancer breeds at an inversely proportional rate to
Vigilance, and can explosively ignite at the strike of a match for it
is driven by circumstance rather than strategy, and fueled by emotion
rather than reason.
The reluctance of the
Security Council to act in unison against Iraq is not unlike the
doctors at Duke University whose staff didn't correctly check the blood type for the
organ transplant. Their Complacency to cut out the "Cancer
of Terrorism" symbolizes the slovenliness the world offers
Terrorism is not about a
nation's right to live by its own standards alone. If that were
the case, the human body wouldn't send White Cells racing to fight and
die against any intruder that threatened the body. The human
body would wait until it had sores all over before it reacted, but it
doesn't. It attacks the WMD on first sight, giving them little
time to gain a foothold in the body. Only when Complacency
settles in do the Terrorist Cells rise up and explode.
Like humans cells, each nation
is a unique world unto its self. Each contains the DNA blueprints
of the entire body, and a single cell can be taken and cloned, and a
whole new body formed from just one of them. However, each
independent cell is dependent on all other cells. Within
the human body, all cells act in concert with one another despite
their unique and individualistic nature. Each cell has a duty to
all others to protect themselves from the invasion of foreign Terrorists.
They are forced into this duty by the nature of survival, for if they
don't all fight as one, then life as we know it is destroyed.
The Children's Children's Children are robbed of their future by the
negligence of the present.
Unless all the cells rally forces
against the "evil cells," the body weakens and death results.
The more cells that oppose fighting the Terroristic cells, the greater
the odds of the "evil cells" will prosper and disperse toxins that
destroy the "good cells."
Terrorism is not just a disease
limited by borders. It is a highly exportable. It is like a
cancer cell hiding in the blood stream. It can move from organ
to another and take host there in a blink.
September 11 proved the ability of Terrorism to worm its way into the
vulnerable organs of healthy nations. The Terrorist attack on the Russian Cultural
Center verified that America was not the only target of Terrorism's
Around the world, Terrorism has been and will be a cutting edge sword
used by those who seek to dominate the many with insidious Fear,
and insidious Complacency. Whether those attacks are in Bali or a subway
in Tokyo, the world is a host upon which Terrorism can feed. A few Terror Cells can enflame a whole body and render
that body virtually helpless overnight. Just ask Ms. Santillan.
In their haste to rid her of
Terrorism, the doctors fell victim to Complacency. They assumed
the heart and lungs they were to transplant were of the same blood
type. They didn't err on the side of caution, they simply
overlooked the problem. Those who think Iraqi leadership
is of the same blood type as the civilized world, and will follow the
edicts of the United Nations Security Council are as blind as the
doctors who transplanted the wrong heart and lungs in Ms. Santillan.
History will eventually scribe
in its pages that America stood as a White Cell in the battle of
Terrorism's attempt to protect the world's immune system.
It will record the boldness of a nation to stand up against the flack
of other nations more concerned with their own welfare than in setting
an example for the world.
Terrorists in every far corner
of the earth are watching to see how Complacent the world really is.
If America backs down, it only fuels the passion of other Terrorism Cells
waiting around the world to hunt down and destroy
as many White Cells as it can with immunity in those nations that
clamor for America to reign in its Steed of Vigilance.
Ms. Santillan is much more than a
symbol of a young woman struggling for her life in the face of a gross
medical error. She is a signpost of Vigilance, a symbol of
the great attempt of virtuous people to protect her, to give her life
in the face of death.
Santillan is a signpost of Vigilance
America is rushing into a war
with Iraq, that cannot be denied. But is it rushing to the
battle because it sees the danger of a growing cancer or because it
wants to conquer Iraq? America has no history of
conquering any nation except Terrorism. America's sole
purpose is to replace the heart and lungs of Iraqi leadership with
Type O organs, ones that will fit the rest of the world and not try to
who refuse to support the transplanting of Iraq's Terrorist heart and
lungs will be like those who neglected to quadruple check the blood type on Ms. Santillan.
They will become
Terrorist Feeders, and when Terrorism comes to feed on them, perhaps
then they'll scream for America's "White Cell Vigilance" support instead of
castigating its "Terrorism Transplant Policy."
Blows, Casts Darkness
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