When Mothers of Vigilance ring the Bell of Vigilance there will be no
blood. Even though the Liberty Bell bleeds, the Vigilance Bell
will not. The women will see to that.
22, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 648
The Crack In Iraq's Liberty Bell
Bleeds The Blood Of Victory
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--June 22, 2003--
Iraq's Liberty Bell is bleeding. Its wounds continue to
spurt blood, a reminder that the price of Liberty costs more than just
Victory over the Beast of Terror's henchmen. One day, however,
the blood will stop. It will be the Mothers of Vigilance who
bring that about.
The blood of
victory is not stemmed
I felt sad this
morning as I read in the Christian Science Monitor about a U.S.
Army paratrooper who made a memorial for his Marine brother, killed in
Baghdad on April 10, the day after the Iraq city fell. The
paratrooper, Richard Bohr, made the makeshift memorial out of piece of
concrete, two-by-three feet.
Memorial in Baghdad for slain Marine
brother surrounded by Iraqi children
He painted the American
Flag on it, including the words "Semper Fi" and "Operation Iraqi
Freedom." He draped a St. Michael necklace over the
memorial stone, kissed it, and looked at the spot where his brother
Then he left.
Immediately following the military's departure
from the area, reports
Scott Peterson of the Monitor, a
seven-year-old Iraqi boy wearing a 101 Dalmatians t-shirt snatched up
the necklace and began pelting the stone with rocks.
Joined by an angry crowd, the memorial was smashed.
Iraq is bleeding and seething after its
Anger and resentment against the United
States is being fueled by the lack of government and growing dissent
by citizens who view American forces as an occupying foreign nation.
Today, the news is filled with the destruction of an Iraqi oil well,
and reports that Saddam Hussein is alive and well, hiding somewhere in
Iraq that is as large as the State of California.
I thought about the cheer issued by the
seven-year-old, reported by the Monitor. He yelled: "I
broke it--it was me!" He added, "I don't like America.
They hurt us."
They boy's anger was stirred by the fact
his 12-year-old brother was killed near the spot where Marine Gunnery
Sergeant Jeffery Bohr had died, "perhaps in the same incident"
speculated reporter Peterson.
Liberation is a bloody process.
There is pain
and suffering shedding one skin to wear another
Anyone who has
detoxed from any addiction knows the pain and suffering of shedding
one skin to wear another. The pain of transferring
one's life to another form is not unlike untwisting a pretzel.
And, when you add death and destruction to the evolution, bitterness
and resentment often rule.
A young boy in Iraq, however, is
blind to liberation. He sees only the pain and anguish of a dead
brother, his homeland blasted into chunks of rubble, and the harsh
Voices of boastful men deriding Americans as invaders, occupiers of
In the Monitor article, author
Peterson noted that some Iraqi women tried to stop the youths from
desecrating the memorial. And, there were comments
by other Iraqi women positive about the liberation of their country,
but frustrated over the reconstruction of freedom, and the dangers of
a possible civil war if Iraq is not put back on track.
I thought it interesting that the
Iraqi women understood, or at least articulated, the importance of
liberty to the future, even though they were aware of its dangers in
the keepers of future generations
It was a
reminder that the Mothers of Vigilance are the key to driving off the
Beast of Terror.
Mothers, by nature, understand
liberation far more emphatically than men.
Mothers are the keepers of future
generations. Within the womb of a woman is the key to all that
will unfold, for her womb houses the hostel for the Children's
A mother can see over the horizon,
can look past the pain and anguish of the present to what the world
can be for her children, and her Children's Children's Children.
Men often contend with the
present--erupting into violence as with the young boy smashing the
memorial. The future for a man is often defined by what
exists now, not what can be.
I thought sadly of this boy, but I
understood. I understood the rage and anger he knew, for he only
saw the death of his brother and the destruction of his homeland by
He didn't understand Liberty.
One English-speaking Iraqi woman, Nagham
Fadhel, told the Monitor: "I consider
[US troops] a liberation army, but many are ignorant, and I now see
them as the enemy." She meant, they do not see the
I remember a number of years ago I
was preparing to go to Japan to open businesses. My partner and
I went to a Japanese-American woman, the first to be qualified in
Federal Courts to translate Japanese into English, a specific art when
the twist or turn of a word's meaning can depend on someone's guilt or
The Womb of
the Sentinel of Vigilance is all women
She articulated the
cultural background of Japan, and made sure my partner and I
understood how to retain our credibility and power. She
noted that the Japanese men would try to "steal our power," by
tempting us with many things from gifts, women and promises they
probably would not keep. She reminded us that no matter what
relations existed between the U.S. and Japan, the pain of humiliation
over losing the war still lingered in the men's genes.
But, she reminded, the Japanese women
respected Americans. She told us that most conquerors
killed and maimed those they conquered, but that Americans had been
honorable. They had maintained the dignity of the people,
protected them from harm, and respected them. "Never
forget the women of the land--at least the older ones--respect you,"
At the time, it seemed odd to me she would
reinforce that point since business dealings in Japan are with men.
But, she was telling me something deeper. She was, in her
perspicacious way, embossing in me that women are the true sources of
Vigilance in any society. When the women and children are
treated with respect, there is victory.
Reading the quote from the Iraqi woman in
the Monitor, I remind myself that the Womb of the Sentinel of
Vigilance is all women. Not to discount that empathy
of men, but as one, I tend to be stuck in the present. The
warrior-nature of men is to fight all "enemies," and in that gene is
also a blindfold. It often masks the real nature of things.
A seven-year-old boy only sees blood
leaking from the Liberty Bell.
A mature Iraqi woman sees Liberation,
freedom, security for the future.
I must remind myself that the problems in
Iraq are probably because the culture is so dominated by male
Potter's wand I would give all the women of Iraq equal power of
It has taken more
than two-hundred years for America to find some equal footing for
women. Just a few decades ago. It was August 26,
1920 before the Nineteenth Amendment was passed and American women
were enfranchised, given the right to vote. It took 148 years
from "liberation" for that to happen.
And, the movement of the woman from
the housewife to the worker among workers is relatively new.
It started after WWII, and peaked in the 60's and 70's with the
women's liberation movement. It is still in first gear as we
head toward the election of the first woman president, somewhere in
If I had Harry Potter's magic
wand, I would give all the women of Iraq equal power of the men.
For that matter, I would give that right to all globally.
Then, I believe the Mothers of
Vigilance would resolve the issue of Terrorism at a much swifter rate
than men. The women would see the values to the Children's
Children's Children with more clarity, and would teach Vigilance rules
They would teach their children
not to destroy memorials, but to make a world where makeshift stones
remembering the dead who died in battle were not necessary.
That day will come.
It draws closer with each ring
of the Vigilance Bell--the bell that cries for every child who is
victimized by Terrorism.
June 21--Banishing Terrorism From
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