What happens when Terrorism dies? Does it go out with a bang or
a whimper? Does it rest in a monument or an unmarked grave?
Will it rise up and stalk the world again when the sunlight of
Vigilance fades? Find out what happens when Terrorism
12, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 577
The Day Terrorism Died
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Apr. 12-- Terrorism died the
other day. It’s death went quietly, offering to the world an
unnoticeable death rattle, issuing only a slight whimper barely
audible as it sifted through the frail waist of Terrorism's
To those who witness Terroristic
executions, this one was mundane. It gave off just only a
scratchy sound, similar to that of a snake's plated underbelly
slithering over the sandpaper surface of a hot Iraqi desert. Like
fingernails dragging slowly down a blackboard, it scratched against
the grain of humanity.
Some hoped Terrorism's death in Iraq
would cauterize the slashed veins of war and end a long chapter
in history of tyranny and oppression. They would be
The tableau of Terrorism’s death was painted in blood.
Behind the gravesite was the roar of fires raging in cities, set by
angry citizens who had just been liberated from Terrorism's brutal
grip. They exhibited the anger of a people who were liberated
from more than two decades of tyranny and torture rained upon them by
a leader and his sons who ground the people’s spirit under the heel of
their despotic boots—a father and sons who raped, pillaged and
plundered the country in the same manner Genghis Khan, the 13th
Century leader, who lived by the creed:
|"The greatest happiness is to vanquish your
enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth,
to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your
bosom their wives and daughters."
Few tears fell for the
death of Terrorism.
Some things you just don’t cry over.
Some things rob the tears of their wetness, sear away their
liquidity, barbeque their ability to give the sad eye solvent.
Terrorism’s death was such an arid event.
Upon its death, there was a great vacuum, as though
Terrorism's lungs sucked in all the oxygen. Nothing could
be heard in the silence but the slithering of the snake's belly
scratching over the sand.
be heard but the slithering of a snake's belly scratching the sand
No words were spoken over the grave of Terrorism, for none
knew exactly where it was. Terrorism's body slithered over the
horizon, disappearing from sight. Neither the spirit or
body remained. This is the way of Terrorism. It dies a
lonely death in unmarked graves.
In Genghis Khan’s day, when the Khan of Khan’s died in 1227
at age 65, his loyal followers ran herds of horses over his grave,
trampling it so it could never be found. Then trusted guards were
posted around the burial site until the newly planted trees grew thick
to disguise any sign of its existence. The Tyrants of Terrorism
want no one to ever find their bones and desecrate them.
Saddam Hussein may be buried in a similar manner. His
remains may be crushed under tons of concrete, pulverized by the
shocking power of explosives that ripped his body into fragments and
then turned his flesh and bones into ashes by incandescent heat.
He may have died a Terrorist's death.
Hitler died in a similar way. Rumors rage about his final
moments, but there never has been any proof, any verification of his
remains, any finality to his demise. Odds are his body was trampled
and crushed by the weight of history, ground into mulch in the
unmarked Hall of Despots.
If Saddam is
alive, he is a zombie waiting for the Grim Reaper
Alive or dead, his molecules belong to the bowels of the
earth. If he is alive, he is a zombie—dead flesh hanging on his
bones, waiting for the Grim Reaper’s scythe to slice him into a
Whoever harbors him or offers him refuge risks the wrath of
Khan. Herds of horses will ultimately trample him. If found alive,
his prosecutors will tie his arms and legs to four stallions and then
stampede them to the four points of the compass. His torso will
thump and shake, legless and armless in the hot sun. Then
his head will be lopped off and placed on a stake facing the hot sun.
His eyes will be sewn open so the vultures will have easy access.
It is the way of death for the
Terrorist, to die the way he lived, to remind those who think
civilization has advanced that it hasn't inched forward at all, that
it remains brutal, uncaring and revengeful regarding the punishment of
Despite all who claim the
lofty platform of soft justice--where there is no eye for an eye and
no tooth for a tooth, where the horrid brutality of a man and his sons
against hundreds of thousands is washed away with forgiveness and his
life is spared as a symbol of the evolution of good over evil--no soft
justice will be allowed.
The despots must pay the price of
tyranny and oppression they brought upon the innocent, the helpless,
the vulnerable. Some will want to hang the body--alive or
dead--by its heels over a bridge so that vultures and other vermin can
gnaw at the body as Prometheus was when tied to the rock for eternity
for offending the gods.
tied to the rock of eternity
If hung over
the bridge, thousands will walk under it and look up and see the
suffering. They will know it will not heal their wounds or
replace their losses, but it will sate the revenge for the tyrant's
acts of children being raped by Saddam and his sons. The hanging
body will pay some retribution to the wives whose husbands being
tortured by Saddam and sons, and compensate somewhat for the thousands
of wives and sisters that were debased. For the Kurds, the
dangling body being ripped by the fowl of the air into pieces will
avenge in a minor way the tens of thousands of deaths Saddam and sons
brought to women and children in villages where his gas killed them as
they clutched their children to their breasts. While it cannot
bring back any lives lost, it will punctuate the ugliness of Terrorism
and its reptilian nature. It will also remind the world that human
beings have not evolved from the primordial ooze, but rather have only
taken a step out of it
The legacy of
Genghis Kahn lives on
In the 21st Century, the legacy of Genghis Khan
survives and thrives. The civility of the world has made little
progress when it comes to killing Terrorism. And there is a reason
for its invincibility.
The Beast of Terror does not evolve.
He is the Beast. He was the Beast. He will always be the
He is ugly, vile, corrupt.
Saddam is the
stench of the wolverine
He is the stench of the wolverine. The wolverine is,
pound-for-pound, one of the most vicious of all creatures. It
radiates a gagging odor, as though the bile of all death’s putrification oozes from its pores. Its repugnant, odious scent
broadcasts its amoral intent to rip the entrails from the mother,
father and children of any creature standing in its way.
When it dies, it slinks into the sullenness of the forest, deep
in the bowels of the earth, to rot.
Wolverine Terrorism is not a pretty thing. Neither is
Terrorism is not life. It is death. It seeks only
to kill, to torture, to maim.
Those moralists who want to treat Terrorism with kindness and
compassion in hopes of luring it from the dark side to the light side
become its next meal. Terrorism has no redeeming moral or social
value. There is no space in its venomous brain cells for
rehabilitation because it operates, as the shark, on the "hunt and
kill" firing of its synapses. Its mind has no light side.
There is only darkness, only the moss of the swamp.
Beasts know no morality.
That is why they are
The Beast has
acquired the taste of blood
Attempts to humanize the Beast fail
because the Beast has become used to raw flesh and acquired the taste
There are those, however, who want to believe the Beast can be
tamed. Such a feat has never been achieved throughout history.
Terrorism cannot be snuffed out with bombs and bullets or with
prayers and kindness. Neither extreme has the power to wipe the
slate of inhumanity clean.
Inhumanity is to humanity as water is to fire. To
exist, they must coexist. For there to light there must be
darkness. For there to be good there must be evil.
This is the mathematics of
life--everything has an equal and opposite--everything has a plus and
But futility is not the only
solution to Terrorism.
Terrorism can be stunted.
Its growth can be cut short. Its power can be emasculated.
First, one must believe the Beast of
Terror cannot be killed, just as darkness cannot be removed, or pain
removed from life. To exterminate Terrorism is to upset
all the balances of nature, for by removing one half of a whole, all
that is ceases to exist.
Therefore, when Terrorism dies in one place, it is born in
The Terror of
Terrorism: The Beast is immortal
No matter where the Beast crawls to die, or how horrible its
death, it will germinate again and again and again.
This is the Terror of Terrorism. When a Hitler dies, a
Saddam is born. When a Genghis Khan is buried, a Hitler is born.
To battle Terrorism we must accept its immorality. And,
if we accept its immortality, it invincibility, we must also accept
its equal and opposite--Vigilance.
Vigilance--the constant battle of Fear vs. Courage, of
Intimidation vs. Conviction, of Complacency vs. Right Actions to the
benefit of the Children’s Children’s Children—is the only
counterbalance to Terrorism.
Vigilance recognizes the
light over the darkness, the plus over the negative, the belief in
good over the dismay of the bad.
that a society not relinquish its duty to protect its children to
governments or police or the military or to its religious leaders, or
to any other body of authority
shatter the rocks of Terrorism
Vigilance demands that human beings must be the first line
of defense against the dominance of the Beast of Terror. Human
prescience must overpower human hope in this issue, for hope is
nothing more than a shadow box of Complacency. When one "hopes"
Terrorism will not infect them or their society they are "wishing" it
out of existence. Terrorism is a hard reality. It
has shape and form, just as a rock does. To limit its
power a sledgehammer rather than a wish or a prayer is necessary.
Vigilance is the sledgehammer. It must be swung hard.
The rocks of Terrorism must be broken. Action, not
thought, is necessary.
We must stunt
the shadows of Terror for children
It is the Deeds of Vigilance that quash the Beast of
Vigilance. It is the struggle of light vs. dark, of good vs. bad
and right vs. wrong that defeats Terrorism. When there is
no struggle, when there is no presence of Vigilance in the face of
Terrorism that Terrorism rules.
To fight Terrorism at the grass roots level begins with
recognizing that a child becomes the victim of the Beast of Terror
when the child first suffers Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in any
and all forms.
Neglecting a child’s suffering from these virulent forces
opens the gate to Terrorism’s graveyard. It impregnates the womb of
the Beast, and creates in the child the shadows of Terror that drive
the child into a state of hopelessness, into a sense that it is
powerless over the dark forces of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
It snuffs the Light of Vigilance.
That’s why a Parent of Vigilance is necessary to lift a
child out of the quagmire of Terrorism into the Light of Vigilance.
Vigilance fight their own Terrorism and safeguard children from
When a Parent of Vigilance vows to fight Terrorism in his
or her home, by first battling his or her own Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency, the child is put in a safe place. Once the parent comes
to grips with his or her Beast, then the parent can pass on the
teaching of Vigilance to the child. He or she can model and
instruct and guide a child to have at least One Percent more Courage
than Fear, One Percent more Conviction than Intimidation, and One
Percent more Right Actions in behalf of future generations than
Complacency that he or she is powerless to make a difference.
Saddam Hussein rose to rulership not through his own
power, but because the people of Iraq surrendered their power of
Vigilance. They fell victims to Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
They denied their own Beast of Terror and gave the power of the Beast
to their leader through inaction, through Complacency.
Iraq will fall again under the wrath of the Beast of
Terror unless it takes up the Sword of Vigilance and stands up to the
Beast within. Iraq's freedom depends on its citizen's resolve to
stand up to the Beast of Terror. The first step in that
battle is to recognize one's ownership of the Beast, one's authorship
To rid the world of Terrorism requires the Citizens of
Vigilance throughout the world to admit to their ownership of the
Beast. Once each Citizen vows to manage his or her Beast, then the
Beast’s power will diminish in proportion to that vow. To
end up with a plus, one must first recognize the minus. To
be victorious, one must face the chance of defeat.
Vigilance can ultimately defeat Terrorism
It is the vow of Vigilance that will make the difference
Terrorism will rise again and again unless it is stopped
by the Citizens of Vigilance at the doorsteps of their
own homes, and in the hearts of their children.
Terrorism—humanity’s greatest weakness—can become its
greatest strength when Vigilance is summoned.
Then, and only
then, will Terrorism truly die.
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