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At what point do citizens stand up and fight for their security?
In Serbia, the recent assassination of their Prime Minister has
inspired at least one citizen to issue the Serbian Mandate--It's
Crunch Time For Terrorism. Find out why he's advocating the
mandate, and how America is applying it to Iraq.
13, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 547
The Serbian Mandate: It's Crunch
Time For Terrorism
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
ZERO, New York City, Mar. 13--It's a stretch of geopolitical hubris to
imagine that a 37-year-old Serbian graphic designer has hammered out a
solution to dealing Terrorism while a world of diplomatic Titans spit,
argue and harangue one another over what to do next.
The Serbian’s name is Dejan Medic. He was quoted in today's
NY Times as saying: "It's crunch time. Either people are
going to get serious and take on the criminals trying to undermine our
country or we're doomed."
are lit at Djindjic's memorial
Minister Djindjic was assassinated by a sniper
Medic's comments follow the recent assassination of Serbian Prime
Minister Zoran Djindjic, a reformer who helped overthrow Slobodan
Milosevic and send him to face trial on charges of orchestrating
genocide in the Balkans. Djindjic was shot by a sniper as he was
getting into his car.
Serbia, formerly Yugoslavia, has been wracked by internal
conflict since the collapse of communism in 1989. Prime Minister
Djindjic was trudging a path of stabilizing the fractionalized Balkan
state. His death leaves a leadership vacuum, and chalks up another
more notch on Terrorism's war club.
The assassination also, as Mr. Medic so clearly states in the
Times, shifts the leadership responsibility from the politicians and
power-seeking into the laps of Serbia’s 10.5 million Parents and
Citizens of Vigilance.
Terrorism--the act of inflicting physical or emotional Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency upon an individual, group or
society--cannot be managed by government alone. Government, at its
best or worst, is not Terrorism’s gatekeeper, its Sentinel of
Vigilance. At best, it can keep its radar beamed, at the worst, it
can spew apologies for being inept at counting the ants crawling
around the elephant’s foot.
Government, in real terms, has no power to manage the grass
roots nature of Terrorism--i.e., it cannot stop a suicide bomber from
walking onto a crowded bus. (If that were possible, the most
Terrorist-aware nations such as Israel would have solved that
problem). It cannot halt a sniper from taking down the innocent, as
evidenced by the shooting spree around Washington D.C. when 13
Americans were randomly killed. Governments cannot keep 18 madmen
from flying airplanes into World Trade Centers, or halt a Serbian
sniper from killing a Prime Minister bent on eradicating crime and
corruption from his nation.
The true role of TerrorHunting begins with Parents, Citizens
and Loved Ones of Vigilance who realize that to combat the Beast of
Terror on emotional and physical levels, every degree of Fear must be
balanced with Courage, each ounce of Intimidation neutralized by
Conviction, and all shrouds of Complacency ripped away by Right
Actions in behalf of the Children’s Children’s Children.
Abdicating the role of TerrorHunter to governments is about
as logical as expecting the head of a nation’s Homeland Security to
drop what he or she is doing and run into your neighborhood and lock
your doors at night, check all your windows to insure they are shut,
and assure your children there are no bogeymen under the bed or
lurking in the closet.
Terrorism is an insidious virus. Its germ grows in the
Petri dish of human emotions, erupting into states of violence when it
finds fertile fields of chaos, or wallows in an environment of
confusion or disorder such as Serbia where it can easily inject its
venoms of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency with impunity.
As with the Serbian sniper, or the Nine Eleven attack,
Terrorism yearns to cast its scurrilous shadow upon the innocent,
forcing them to cower, whimper and cry in desperation, or, worse, to
accept the Shadow of The Beast as a "way of life." Saddam Hussein
and Kim Jong Il have long ruled as Beast Shadows, driving fear into
the hearts of all who might stand in their way.
Tyrants and despots understand all they have to do to
maintain control over Fear, Intimidation and Complacency is to shoot
missiles into empty oceans as threats of things to come, or to warn
the world that if it is attacked they will unleash biochemical
weapons, or, as in the most recent example, kill a Prime Minister in
On the Richter Scale of world events, the assassination of
Prime Minister Djindjic will probably not nudge the needle in contrast
to what is currently quaking the world --Iraq, the future of the U.N.,
North Korea, and an ugly spate between Europe and America over who
rules the world.
words trumpet a solution" "It's crunch time."
one turns an ear to the "Voice in the wilderness" such as Mr. Medic’s,
his twenty-four words trumpet a solution as well pitched as Joshua’s
fabled horn that knocked down the walls of Jericho. Let me repeat
"It's crunch time. Either people are going to get
serious and take on the criminals trying to undermine our country or
At first, his comment may seem innocuous. But if inspected
for its Vigilance Virtue, it has power beyond imagination.
Let’s look at what I call his Serbian Mandate.
His solution is the word "people." Serbia's government, as
almost all governments from Israel to the United States, is unable to
provide protection of its leaders or citizens. When a leader is
assassinated, it reminds us all how easily we can be “eliminated.”
It is also an endorsement that government, if it cannot protect its
leader from Terrorism, can do little for the lowly citizen. Such acts
validate that domestic as well as foreign security is the duty of the
citizen, not the government.
In Medic's frustrated view, he sees the "people"
as the final alternative to restoring order in his war-racked
country. Either people are going to get serious…
He also defines the impact of Terrorism on his county,
and, its objective worldwide. He uses the words "criminals
trying to undermine our country," to express how
Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency—gnaws and ingests the
foundations of society.
Specifically, his use of the word “criminal” can be
exchanged with no apologies to the word “Terrorist,” for I see little
difference between the two.
criminal, under law, one must have what is termed "mens rea," or an
evil intent. An evil intent is evidence of one knowing the
difference between "right" and "wrong" and choosing wrong over
right--that is, violating the rights of others to achieve one's
example, in the case of Saddam Hussein, is his intent evil?
Does he seek to develop, use or sell weapons of mass destruction?
How about Kim Jon Il? Is his intent evil--would he deploy
nuclear weapons to control his greedy grip on leadership of his
ravaged nation at his citizen's and the world's expense? Some
mud slingers might include George Bush in this arena, suggesting his
intent is to "dominate the world" and he's fighting a war for oil,
thus he has "evil intent." (Were America a conquering nation
that deposed one tyrant and became another, I might agree, but alas,
this is not the historic case. America fights for people,
liberates them, and stands up while they throw garbage at them--i.e.
France and Germany.)
word "criminal" is vital to the Serbian Mandate, for it brings
Terrorism out of the alien category into the domestic. It means
that a father or mother abusing a child in a home is acting
criminally, and, therefore, as a Terrorist.
No one is free
from the Beast of Terror's Shadow
Medic's point, while germinated from utter frustration, means to me
that "criminals" or "Terrorists" are termites. They are, in his
words, "undermining our country." That translates into weaving
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into the fabric of social justice
and social security. It means a child can't walk the
streets in safety, and a parent can't expect a policeperson to rush to
his or her rescue against evil forces. It means that no one is
free from the Beast of Terror's Shadow.
"Crunch Time," as Mr. Medic so eloquently points out, means there is a
time in every citizen's life when he or she realizes that individuals
must stand up to Terrorism.
On a grander
scale, America is in the throes of "Crunch Time." For more than
a dozen years the U.N. has sat back and allowed Saddam Hussein to
develop his weapons of mass destruction. In yesterday's
VigilanceVoice article, I noted how Saddam Hussein killed his two
sons-in-law because they defected to Jordan in 1995 and gave U.N.
weapons inspectors information on all Saddam's weaponry, including a
host of horrid biochemical ones.
As the years
passed, Saddam, a clear and present "criminal" who uses Terrorism to
rule his nation, his arrogance grew. Then the "people"
reached "crunch time," only the "people" who elected "crunch time"
were not Iraqi people. They were Americans.
Kim Jong Il's
great threat to the world is his lack of conscience.
Post Nine Eleven it became clear that Terrorism could be exported from
any place on the globe, and that what fed it were nations such as Iraq
whose leaders have no compunction about selling their weapons of mass
destruction to anyone. Kim Jong Il's great threat to the world
is his lack of conscience. To maintain his power, he is
more than capable of doing whatever is in his best interests, not
necessarily the best interests of his nation or the world. Were
he to be truly interested in his nation, he wouldn't let them starve
while he placed half his country's revenues into shoring up his
"Crunch Time" is
that convergence between Complacency and Right Action. It
is the crossing point of moral duty and immoral neglect.
The United States chose to not wait for the United Nations to act.
It based its decision on a dozen years of toothless management of a
known Terrorist, a human rights criminal, and a man who killed his
grandchildren's fathers and dragged their bodies through Baghdad, let
alone invaded another country and has vowed to unleash deadly weapons
of mass destruction if attacked.
In Serbia, graphic
artist Medic, has reached the same point that President Bush stands at
today--Crunch Time. Both realize that unless
Terrorism is destroyed at its roots by the people, it will keep
proliferating, cancerously gnawing until it consumes the Children's
individual must stand up to Terrorism
Medic also knows the only alternative to "inaction" is "doom."
His statement--"It's crunch time. Either people are going
to get serious and take on the criminals trying to undermine our
country or we're doomed."--does not stray far from President
Bush's hard-line that America will disarm Saddam with or without the
support of the United Nations. Both know society is
"doomed" if we sit back and try to negotiate with known Terrorists,
known criminals of humanity.
The rub in all this revolves around
the world "people." Ultimately, it means that each
individual must take on the duty of Homeland Security.
Each must stand up to Terrorism in all its many forms, including the
smallest drop of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
It means that citizens
not only of America or Serbia, but of all nations, must become a
Sentinel of Vigilance, must drive his or her selfishness to the side
and look long at the horizon to the future of the Children's
Children's Children to spark the Courage, Conviction and energy to
take the Right Actions that will secure the future of generations to
This is a major shift in the
idea of security, for it removes the responsibility of it from the
heads of nations to the people. It forces the people of
all nations to no longer sit back and wait for "someone" to take
That's the "Crunch" in
Mr. Medic's "Crunch Time."
Doom is not an option.
Mr. Medic knows it and so does President Bush. But France,
Germany, Russia and the U.N. at large seem to ignore it, favoring
instead attacks on the issue of Crunch Time. The U.N. is trying
to manage Crunch Time. They are waiting for the Termites of
Terrorism to collapse the world, and then, and only then, rush in with
ambulances and aid to patch up the survivors.
Mr. Medic and Mr. Bush both
know it's Crunch Time for Serbia and Iraq.
And, it's Crunch Time for the
time." Take the Pledge of Vigilance!
It's time for every Parent and Citizen of Vigilance to
stand up and stop watching CNN and shout: "It's
start today. Take the Pledge of Vigilance.
Mr. Medic has! Only he calls it the Serbian Mandate:
"It's crunch time. Either people are
going to get serious and take on the criminals trying
to undermine our country or we're doomed."
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