Why did 91 protestors get arrested and 16 police get injured during the
New York Peace Rally? Was it the work of the Beast of
Terror or of a "criminal state" trying to oppress the people?
Did the Beast of Terror plan to destroy America's Principles of
Vigilance, or did his acts strengthen them? Find out in this
23, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 557
Violence Turns Peaceful Protest Into War
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 23-- Peaceful protesting begets
violent protest--at least that's the conclusion punctuating
yesterday's anti-war demonstration that drew more than 100,000
protestors down a 36-block march from the Crossroads of the World to
Washington Square Park where violence erupted.
started at the Crossroads of the World (Times Square)
I smelled trouble when the
protest parade was ending. My wife and I started out at
Herald Square where the march began. Protest organizers
claimed 250,000 turned out, but police estimated the crowd was half
that size. I guessed it to be at least four football
stadiums large, around a couple of hundred thousand. But
anything over 100,000 is a big chunk of humanity, and mixed within it
marched the Beast of Terror next to the Angels of Peace.
Over the previous days, I had
reported on numerous protest events and decided I didn't want to miss
this big one even though I had my fill of people screaming how vile
and corrupt America was. Earlier in the day I had
met with some friends on the issue of tolerance, and buttressed my
psyche to accept what I considered the forked tongues of protest
agitators who attack and maim American democracy by comparing
America's actions in Iraq to those of Hitler in post-war Germany, and
limiting our reasons for war to oil and corporate greed.
On the more positive side, nothing signals
the polarity between Iraq and America than the right of protestors to
march in the street and berate government, for the beauty of democracy
is the right of dissent. I held up that right to far
outweigh any prejudices I might have against those who twist and
pervert America's Principles of Vigilance as an errant child might
lambaste loving parents who gave the child far too many liberties.
The march was civil and orderly for
the most part. I was impressed as it moved its way
down toward Washington Square, nestled in the heart of New York
University's main campus and located near the epicenter of Greenwich
protestors milling through Washington Square Park and
chalking anti-war messages earlier in the day
My digital camera was ready to take
up to 500 pictures, and I shot as though I were in a free fire zone,
trying to capture a sign here and there that wasn't all anti-American.
Of the tens of thousands of signs, banners and posters, I did get a
few shots of signs that both attacked Saddam Hussein as well as
President Bush, but the overwhelming mass of messages were all
one-sided, geared to make President Bush and the Administration appear
as the "axis of evil," with little note that Saddam Hussein was a
self-pronounced tyrant who likened himself to Joseph Stalin and was
famed for gassing his own people and killing his grandchildren's
fathers and then dragging their dead bodies through Baghdad.
Of course, the most current issue of his manufacturing of weapons of
mass destruction was void.
Even Shakespeare was a little wary of
those who "doth protest too much," suggesting that those who do might
bear a blind eye to the truth, or, be wholly ignorant of it. But
I didn't figure it took many brains to protest, since shouting,
screaming and cursing is a Neanderthalic reaction to issues one has no
ability to envision.
Peace is a
prelude to War
Peace, I have always maintained, is
not the absence of war, but rather the prelude to it. For
I consider "peace" to be euphemism for Complacency.
This, is of course, my sole opinion, but one based on practical life
The solution, I believe to war, is a
constant state of Vigilance, one where the Sentinels of Vigilance--the
Mothers and Fathers and Grandparents, Citizens and Loved One's of
Vigilance are aware that the Beast of Terror lurks just behind the
bushes, and if one neglects to lock his or her door, or to sheath the
Sword of Vigilance, the Beast will roar.
In Saddam Hussein's case, America's
biggest mistake was to fall Complacent in 1991 and not remove him
during the Gulf War, for he was then, and is now, a threat to world
peace. Even his Arab Nation neighbors consider him a
wildcard, capable of attacking anyone who defies him, and more than
capable of building and selling arsenals of weapons to any buyer.
Any man who sleeps in a different bed each night, or kills his
grandchildren's fathers, needs to be looked at with a wary eye.
sign against Saddam
However, the protest thrust was not
against Saddam. It was a vitriolic attack on America as a
democracy, and specifically an acidic attack on President Bush,
elevating him to the position of International Terrorist.
When more than 100,000 people march
for 3.5 hours shouting out their hatred for America and decry the
principles of democracy, it creates kindling for violence.
If one were to write a script for the Beast of Terror to inflame
children against their parents, the invectives issued from the
placards and chants of the protestors would be the Beast's dialog.
Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! That was the
When the protestors reached
Washington Square, I knew the trouble would boil there. A
stage was positioned in the square where rally organizers had the
opportunity to inject the tired marchers with the venom of the Beast.
crowd from rooftops around Washington Square
At the two earlier protests I had
attended, speakers who grabbed microphones and vomited out their
words, did not hail the right of free speech or hoist the Principles
of Democracy up the flagpole, but instead used their broadcast tools
to fill the air with the ugliness of American leadership, and its
ability to bring horror and destruction to the world.
There is little question that
speakers, gripped by the disease of megalomania and national
patricide, wallow in the joy of twisting peace into hate, and respect
into anger, and rights of dissent into acts of defiance against
The parade permit expired at 4 p.m.
At that moment, the police asked the crowd to disperse.
The crowd refused, and fed by fires of angry lambastings against
America, lit an American flag on fire.
in Washington Square Park
Cheering, the crowd became overly excited and started to push
Square Park police-macing -protestor arrested
Then the police moved in, for
two reasons. One, to disperse the crowd and two, to stop the
burning of fires in the park.
Protestors, armed with pepper
spray, attacked the police, who, up to this point, had been laid back,
trying to avoid confrontation.
Earlier, police command sent in uniformed women
officers to get the crowd to break up, an attempt to soften any
reaction to male officers who might be considered threatening.
The first victims of the pepper spray were the women officers.
The melee broke out.
Protestors armed with pepper spray attacked and the police retaliated,
arresting 91. Sixteen police were injured, 11 requiring
The violence was the work of a
small core of the mass of protestors, and obviously planned.
Arming oneself with pepper spray to attack police at protest rally
doesn't happen by accident.
leadership likened to that of Nazi Germany
And, being fed a constant diet
of how ugly American policy is, and likening the leadership of America
to that of Hitler and Nazi Germany, and promoting the greed and
avarice of capitalism and chanting that American leadership are war
criminals who should be impeached and put on trial, only flames the
fires of violence.
It was a sad but brutal ending
to an otherwise beautiful day of democracy. Earlier,
I was elated that while the protestors railed against America, the
understanding that our country allows dissent and protest glorified
their ignominy. I was okay with it. I was shuffling
through my mind that not one of the protestors would have lived more
than a few minutes had they marched through Baghdad with protest signs
against Saddam Hussein a few months ago. Their arms and legs
would have been tied to four horses and yanked off as the horses were
spurred to the far reaches of the compass. Then, what was left
of them would have been hanged in the center of towns as a reminder to
any and all who dared to defy Saddam's power.
But that wasn't the point of
sought to undermine democracy
The protest, as most are,
sought to undermine democracy, to destroy the power of a nation that
cherishes individual liberties so much so that people comprising this
nation have come from all four corners of the earth to suckle the
sweet nectar of its fruits.
All that, of course, was lost
in the madding rush to decry America's effort to liberate Iraq.
Only American greed and avarice was flagged, none of its virtues
displayed. The formula was Ugly Plus Ugly Equal Ugliest.
That brought out the pepper
spray. The hatred for America consumed by the protestors
intoxicated by its venom, turned their peace into war.
They became the Beast of Terror they protested. They
fouled the air with Mace, attacking those who allowed them to defecate
upon the only nation in the world willing to send millions upon
millions of its people to far edges of the world in hopes that other
citizens and their children might enjoy the freedoms Americans enjoy.
There were no signs or placards
memorializing the nearly 2 million dead and wounded who fought for the
liberation of Europe or Asia over the past century, or a single sign
that said that America did not conquer its enemies, or enslave the
citizens of the lands it liberated. No, that truth was not fuel
for the Beast of Terror.
Peace had become War.
advocates were present
The advocates of Peace
had been wolves in sheep clothing, waiting for the moment to pull out
their pepper spray and attack authority. I thought of them
as snipers waiting with itchy fingers for that precise moment when the
fever of protest crossed the line from Peace to Terrorism, for I
maintain that Peace is only a mask one puts over one's head to hide
the face of Complacency.
Complacency is, of course,
Terrorism's greatest weapon. It lulls people into the false
belief that everyone has the right to rule themselves in accordance to
their own dictates, even if those dictates fly in the face of the
security of the Children's Children's Children.
Nothing could be less
Society has a duty to the
future of the Children, regardless of their states or nations.
A child living in the shadow of tyranny and oppression in Iraq poses a
charge upon every American to free that child of abuse of his or her
fundamental rights to live outside the walls of Terrorism.
America is the model of human
It was founded on the principle
that every human being owes the right of liberty to every other human
being, and with that right, attends the duty to be Vigilant in the
protection of equal rights for all.
While America is not perfect in
its expression of these rights, it is the spearhead of human rights.
It has been willing to sacrifice its children to foreign lands to
fight the Beast of Terror so that other children may evolve with the
same rights it enjoys.
German storm trooper boots have faded into silence
Turn the clock back fifty years
to Europe or Asia. The sounds of storm trooper boots
smashing down the cobblestone streets have faded into silence.
In Japan, the rising sun flag of Imperial Japan has vanished, replaced
by one of the richest of all nations in that sector of the world.
Iraq is but one small example
of past tyranny alive today. Its citizens live in the
shadow of a Stalinesque leader who vows to rule the Middle East by
force, and whose citizens cannot protest any of his acts for fear of
being killed, raped, tortured or imprisoned.
Peace is not the answer to fighting
Beasts of Terror.
Peace is a capitulation of duty to
the world's children, an excuse to turn one's head to the crimes
against humanity--crimes against the children.
Only Vigilance works.
Vigilance, the deployment of Courage
over Fear, the issuance of Conviction to snuff out Intimidation, and
the fortitude to take the Right Actions in behalf of the Children's
Children's Children rather than hide in the shroud of Complacency, is
the only solution.
That means America must keep
its hand on the hilt of the Sword of Vigilance, and be prepared to
draw it and use it to cut off the head of the Beast of Terror before
it grows so large and unwieldy it consumes the children, not only of
the nations in which it exists, but to thwart the threat of its
virulent infection to other nations.
The U.S. erred in 1991 by not
lopping off the Head of the Beast. But it has chosen to not make
that mistake twice.
The Beast of
Terror in 1991 in the Gulf War
Kim Jong Il in North Korea is
watching, for he ranks with Saddam Hussein in his brutalization of his
children, and in his impending threat to spread the disease of
Terrorism to the rest of the world around him.
So I was not surprised at the
final end of the protest day.
In the end, the Beast of Terror
rose out of the falsity of Peace.
He snarled and fumed and, like Saddam
Hussein, gassed his own people.
The 91 arrested demonstrators in
Washington Square Park will receive fines, perhaps some will get jail
They will be afforded attorneys.
They will protest their arrests.
They will eat fine food while they
piss and moan about America totalitarianism. They will
carp and kick and scream and try to capture the lens of the media and
spew out more venom about the ugliness of America, and all the while
they will be afforded every right imaginable.
They won't be sent to torture
or rape rooms. They won't be beaten and their families
won't be arrested. They won't be quartered and hung on light
poles for the vultures to eat out their eyes, or sent to slave camps
to die horrid deaths.
No, they will be released to
become angry Voices, telling the world how they "maced the Pigs"
at Washington Square. They will be let go to scuttle about the
land of America bragging about how vile and corrupt America is, and
how it is run by capitalists and war mongers and war criminals
Yes, the protestors will be
freed to hide behind the sham of Peace, to breed other Beasts of
Terror trying to tear down America's legacy of Vigilance.
But they will not succeed.
Vigilance will overpower them.
will one day be freed from the grip of the Beast of Terror
For one day, the Iraqi children
who will be freed from the grip of the Beast of Terror will make their
way to America and thank not the protestors of war, but the Warriors
of Vigilance for setting them free.
In the meantime, America will
wallow in its ignominy that Peace means Complacency. And
until the wool is pulled from American's eyes, the citizens of this
country will not see there is only one road to be taken to
secure true Peace in this world--the Road of Vigilance.
You can start on the Road to
Vigilance today. You don't have to wait. Take the
Pledge of Vigilance. If you do, the wool will be pulled from
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