ZERO PLUS 1062 DAYS, New York, NY, August 7, 2004--There're
people lined on both sides of the Iraqi War fence, about half
saying it was a good idea and the other half denying America
the right to invade other nations based on false, misleading
There are those also
who carp that America's image worldwide has been soiled by its
virtual unilateral actions (don't forget Britian was in there
swinging too, and a few others) to depose despots.
is a house divided but maturing into a nation of wholesomeness
Saddam Hussein is no
fool. He recently requested a non-Jewish American attorney and
stated that the U.S. had the best lawyers.
It makes you wonder
why the guy that caused the war in the first place would reach
out the nation that deposed him to fight for his life. Maybe
America isn't so bad afterall! But don't tell that to Bush Bashers.
They'll tell you how
horrible and despicable President Bush is for "lying"
to the American public and keeping that rascal Dick Cheney as
his vice president so Halliburton can drain all the oil out
of the Middle East sand swamp.
It makes you want to
gag after a while--these attacks on the idea that America has
no right or duty to stand up as a World Sentinel of Vigilant
when the majority of other major nations refused to act to remove
Saddam after being asked, being bribed and even being begged.
Don't forget the billions
of dollars in aid America gave Turkey during the bargaining
to use Turkey's airfields just prior to the war's launch, only
to have Turkey say "NO!" at the final moment, forcing
a major revision of strategic planning.
The world isn't as divided
about America as we would think. We are much more divided. A
Look at the current
election process. You have the "bad guy Bush" against
the "good guy Anti-War War Hero who tossed his Bronze Star
away in disgust a number of years ago. Then there is the Anti-War
War Hero's wife, who once said she wouldn't walk across the
street with a Democrat, and now is hailing herself as the future
first lady of the party she spat upon.
The world looking at
America sees America dividing itself--attacking itself--beating
itself with the cat-of-nine-tails whip, national self-flagellation
to say the least.
And in this cauldron
of political madness we mix up corporate hysteria. The world
not only sees the politics of America staggering about like
drunken sailors trying to get their sea legs, but then we see
the great, strong, invincible corporations raping, pillaging
and plundering the public as though they were locust feeding
in the Seventh Year.
Wisdom tells us to step
back from the present and look at the real lessons in gestation.
America is going through
a birthing process, and may not even know she is pregnant.
The Declaration of Independence
is coming true 228 years later, for America has become, as of
September 11, 2001, a member of the world community. She is
vulnerable as any other nation to the angry Beast of Terror
that caused so many millions to flee their nations and seek
the warm, secure refuge of the Statue of Liberty where opportunity
and safety from political and economic terrorism seemed not
That, of course, was
a bit of myth if you were black or Chinese or Hispanic, or an
American Indian, or, at the turn of the century, an Irish immigrant,
or a Jew who couldn't get into a country club.
To visit the "old
America" before its recent birth into a multi-cultural
nation of vast differences and equal rights, flip the channel
to Turner Classic Movies and notice the all-white, pure illusion
of the rich versus the poor, of movies that showed no hint of
integration and rallied around the flag of white, rich supremecy.
movies were virtually 'all-white'
Now, every movie has
a black co-star, or a black star with a white co-star, or, all
black stars and co-stars.
Then there are the gays
getting married and adopting children and promoting economic
and family equality in the workplace as never before in America's
America has lost her
innocence in many ways as a result of Nine Eleven.
Not that she hadn't
already lost it--but only that Nine Eleven brought that loss
of innocence into perspective as never before seen by the world
or the citizens of America.
Suddenly, America was
"raped" by forces outside her control. Her "corporate
shield" was penetrated, and the rapist left her scarred,
But Nine Eleven was
not the cause of America's falling from the Humpty Dumpty Wall
and getting giant cracks throughout her shell.
Nine Eleven was the
peak of the iceberg suddenly seen by the captain of the Titanic
but too late to change course.
America had matured
as a nation.
In that maturity came
vulnerability to reality, the reality of a world at war with
Suddenly, America realized
it was an international nation. It was bursting at the seams
with people from all over the world who had for many years blended
into the landscape. Now, those people were major suspects. They
were put on watch lists, and their accents now suggested they
might be part of plots or cells, and wary eyes followed them,
was suddenly altered. The Patriot Act immediately cracked the
idea of Freedom as Americans knew it, and stole the fundamental
rights that generations upon generations had fought hard to
If a person fit a certain
profile, their rights were thrown out the window.
The myth of feedom became
the reality of terrorism, for true freedom exists only in peace,
not in war.
But is this all sour
grapes? Is it the end of America as we know it? Or, is it the
beginning of a "Real America?"
In the truest sense
of democracy, America was formed as a land of retreat from tyranny
and oppression. It invited the world to make its home on its
rich soil, and opened its arms to all. Poet Emma Lazaus wrote
on November 2, 1883, her famous piece called "The New Colossus,"
and on 1903 a bronze plaque was placed inside the statue depicting
the poem. The most famous lines in it read:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
from Emma Lazaus'
Today, America has the
world. It is the world. It is a true melting pot of humanity.
There is even serious talk about ammending the Constitution
so that someone not born in this country can be elected president
of the United States if he or she has enjoyed citizenship for
at least twenty years.
Nine Eleven brought
this all to a head. It symbolized the fact that America is not
just a white Christian bastion, but a giant salad of different
ingrediants from all four corners of the earth.
So often we forget that
a vast majority of the people who died in the World Trade Center
were from countries and lands far distant from America--and
that, ultimately, the attack on September 11, 2001 was an attack
on the world, not just America.
America is undergoing
labor pains as she gives birth to the reality of her diversity.
The Governor of California, a state bigger the most nations
in the world, speaks in an accent that seems absolutely foreign
to the imagination of years past, yet he commands respect and
admiration by millions. As a young boy in Austria, he dreamed
of coming to America and rising up the ranks of politics and
power--a strange dream for any child--but one that America has
promoted the day it opened its arms to the "huddled masses
yearning to breathe free."
And the issue in Iraq?
America has matured
the world in ways that cannot yet be comprehended. Despite all
the criticism of the Iraqi War, one single point stands above
all the flack--America is willing to stand up to the world when
it comes to bullies who threaten its security.
I'm not talking about
Weapons of Mass Destruction.
out of Terrorism, America will give birth to
Security in the world
is the elimination of despotism, tyranny, oppression. It is
the banding together of people willing to fight and die for
the rights of others to live in a world that does not suffocate
them with brutality.
Before the Iraqi War,
the world paid lip service to the Middle East. It was a shadowy
land of archaic, antidivulean cultures that no one was willing
to challenge, not matter how radical the threat it posed was
upon other nations seeking peace and the evolution of feedom
in their own lands.
Now, the Middle East
has been thrust into the center of the 21st Century. The world
daily trains its microscopes on the events there, and like a
broadway spotlight illuminating a dancer in the far corner of
the stage, the Middle East is now a world star, a world player.
Had America not acted
against Saddam Hussein, the Middle East may have been swallowed
up in even deeper tyranny and oppression. Its people might have
surrendered to the belief that the difference between a rut
and grave is the depth. But now, a giant bridge has been constructed
between the Middle East and the entire world, similar to the
one constructed between Japan and world following World War
The Middle East is giving
birth also to a new truth. That new truth is that old ways do
die and new ways are born from them.
And what is the bottom
line of all this?
It is that America is
learning that Vigilance is the child being born. For a couple
hundred years, Vigilance was not the concern of Americans. Living
in peace and harmony was.
will be stronger, more able, and wiser
Now, a citizen of America
is forced to assume the duty and responsibility of Vigilance
within his or her home because Terrorism has forced the maturity
of Americans to protect their rights and their children's rights
from being taken.
The same is true in
the Middle East. Vigilance is the key to creating and preserving
fundamental human rights--rights that for the most part did
not exist before March, 2004 when America attacked and dethroned
a great despot.
The birth and rebirth
of Freedom is not without great pain, suffering and bloodshed.
But, in the final analysis, the child it bears will be stronger,
more able, and wiser.
The child will be named--Vigilance.
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