How do you measure the moment of truth? In this article, it's all
about turning the bark into a bite. It's about someone standing up to
Complacency and taking the right action. It's about stopping gumming
Saddam Hussein and biting him.
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
September 23 - Ground Zero Plus 741
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Monday--March 17, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 551
The Moment Of Truth:
Turning Barks Into Bites
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
ZERO, New York City, Mar. 17--President Bush announced yesterday in
the Azores that the "moment of truth" had arrived. The world knows
he was announcing a final stand taken by America and a small band of
allies--Spain and Britain. The only other nation to side with the
U.S. is Bulgaria.
What is, however, the "moment of truth?"
President Bush, Jose Maria Aznar in the Azores
some opposed to American unilateralism in the Iraqi conflict, the
"moment of truth" is nothing more than the U.S. lifting its leg and
urinating on the diplomatic process to achieve disarmament with
Iraq. It is a bellicose act of imperialism, an example of America's
States has truth on its side
others, the "moment of truth" is a debarkation point between
Complacency and Action, that "Start & Finish Line" that signals the
difference between a barking watchdog and its bite. It is, in a
nutshell, where the rubber hits the road, where the bully is faced
with a bigger bully, and the bigger bully alleges to have "truth" on
America, it has been said, is putting its national character
on the chopping block by defying world opinion about waging war on
Saddam Hussein. To invade Iraq without U.N. support means that
America is a "stand-alone" nation, unwilling or inept to accept the
decree of the world's body politic.
But truth is bigger than diplomacy.
Truth exists in and of itself, without need for negotiation.
case of Iraq, the truth is that all the nations who are waffling on
the timing of an invasion and claim that Saddam Hussein will
eventually buckle to international pressure, refuse to put any bite
into their bark.
President Bush, whether the best or worst diplomat, has
insisted that a deadline be established with a penalty clause for
non-performance. Any good business person knows that unless a
contract carries with it an enforcement clause it really isn't a
compact of value. It truly has no truth to it.
Even Jesus made it clear in his contract with people.
"Accept me or go to Hell." The religious will argue that this blunt
summary of "salvation" doesn't fit a "man of peace," but those who
deny the obvious haven't been to many Christian churches where two
gates are presented to the congregation--the gates of Heaven and
Hell. Bottom line, if the one seeking salvation doesn't buy into the
rules and abide by them, then fire and brimstone awaits.
of this hard-line have been applied. Some may end up in Purgatory,
and others may have to wait in line, but the clear fact is that unless
one complies with certain edicts, those gates don't open up when you
step on St. Peter's doormat.
So the United States has only asked for the "moment of
truth." It has asked and asked and asked the United Nations to create
a valid contract against tyranny and oppression, and the manufacture
of weapons of mass destruction by an errant national leader who has a
history of invading other countries, killing his grandchildren's'
fathers, gassing his own people, and refusing by default to comply
with open weapons inspection and destruction of arms.
At the Azores, America only demanded that teeth--sharp
ones--be installed into the jaws of the U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1441. The U.S. is tired of the U.N. trying to gum Saddam
Hussein into compliance.
the enemy of truth
Critics of the
United States see truth as endless drips of sand
the world of critics attacking the United States for being belligerent
see truth in a far different light. They see truth as time, endless
drips of sand through an hour glass with no end. When the hour glass
nears empty, they tip it over and start again.
They have been doing this for a dozen years, and even when
Saddam Hussein kicked out the U.N. weapons inspectors, they kept
gumming him, chewing on the tips of his fingers.
In such a case, the power of truth lies with the enforcer of
Prior to the United States massing 200,000 American and
40,000 British troops around Iraq, there was no "moment of truth."
There was only fodder, empty air, white noise.
Now, the dogs of war surround Baghdad. They do not bark.
They issue a deep, guttural growl, the kind an attack dog emits prior
to leaping upon its target. America is sharpening the teeth of
truth, putting into place the penalty clause the U.N. refuses to
President Bush gave the United Nations a day to come up with
teeth. France wants a month or more, but refuses to install canines
into its demand. It prefers an open-ended contract that Saddam can
negotiate, if he wishes, as he has in the past. Germany also rebukes
the idea of teeth.
knows Gila Monster teeth will contain and subdue the enemy
President Bush, however, has opted for Gila Monster teeth,
sharp, surgical hooked teeth that clamp down so hard that the victim
cannot shake it loose. Once it grips its victim, it gnaws deeper and
deeper like a bulldog, and all the shaking and quaking cannot remove
That is his moment of truth.
So when the President issued his moment of truth, he was
simply attacking Complacency.
Terrorism feeds on Complacency.
Complacency is the absence of truth, for truth means that one
is willing to die for one's belief, while Complacency means one is
willing to shy from confrontation, to dance with the bear in hopes it
won't crush you, and to feed the alligator in hopes it will eat you
Truth denies Complacency as a tactic.
Nations has no bite
tells the world that one is Vigilant, for Vigilance is the art of
turning Complacency into Action for the right reasons.
Vigilance is about overcoming one's Fears with Courage,
washing away one's Intimidations with Convictions, and erasing one's
Complacency by Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's
Yes, we are at the moment of truth.
When America crosses the borders into Iraq, it will be acting
as the Parent of Vigilance. It will be destroying the Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency that has allowed the world to watch
Saddam Hussein build a world of Terrorism for nearly a quarter of a
When Saddam's world crumbles, it will be a victory for the
truth, and a defeat for a Complacent United Nations who refused to
turn its bark into a bite.