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 dies.
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
September 30 - Ground Zero Plus 748
FROM THE ARCHIVES
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 hourglass.
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 disappointed.
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
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.
Nothing could 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.
Saddam is alive, he is a zombie waiting for the Grim
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 thousand pieces.
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.
Prometheus 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
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
He is ugly, vile, corrupt.
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 Beasts.
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 of
There are those, however, who want to believe the
Beast can be tamed. Such a feat has never been achieved
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 a minus.
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 another.
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
This is the Terror of Terrorism. When a Hitler dies,
a Saddam is born. When a Genghis Khan is buried, a Hitler is
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.
Vigilance requires 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
Vigilance will 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.
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
Parents of Vigilance fight their own Terrorism and
safeguard children from The Beast
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,
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 of it.
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.
Citizens of Vigilance can ultimately defeat Terrorism
It is the vow of Vigilance that will make the
difference in Iraq.
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.