Monday--October 21, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 404
Trembling Terrorists Weaken
In Face-Off With
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, October 21 -- The bullies of Terrorism are weakening.
You can hear their knees shaking...and watch the sweat glistening on their
brows as they hear the whoosh of the Wings Of Vigilance slicing in a
steep stoop toward them.
If Terrorism gluts itself on Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, then Vigilance's Courage, Conviction and
Right Action is starving it, flushing it out into the open, blocking its
The hunter becomes the hunted when he
begins to panic and chooses acts of desperation to appear as a friend
rather than a bully bent on hammering the weak, the innocent.
Applause goes to President Bush, for his
one-man stand against Terrorism, for not crumbling to the braggadocio of
Terrorism, or being intimidated by the United Nations waffling over
decisions to spank Terrorism with a mighty iron fist and no velvet glove.
I remember when Coca Cola abandoned
its original formula a number of years ago and tried to introduce a "new
Coke to combat Pepsi's intrusion on its market share. Pepsi,
going after the "new generation," attacked Coke's old, stodgy image with
upbeat ads and its "taste test." When Coke abandoned its old
formula for the new, Pepsi ran full page ads that shouted: "You
In any standoff, the first one who flinches
loses. Weakness cracks their power. A stream of sweat
leaking down the side of their face reveals their unhidden Fear, their
Intimidation, their Complacency to face a "power greater than themselves."
The bully becomes the Terrorized, and tries to quickly change his image
from being the "bad" guy to being a "good guy."
Coke, with its tail between its legs, ended
up going back to its original formula.
Saddam Hussein has just flinched too.
Sweat is leaking down the side of his face.
rushing into Iraq prison Abu Ghraib before the release of thousands of
Yesterday, he declared amnesty for all the
prisoners in Iraq prisons--thousands of whom have been locked up for years
for just "thinking about opposing" the dictatorial ruler since 1979 when
he took power over Iraq's 22 million citizens.
Over the years the prisons have swollen
with people accused of various crimes--from 15 years for stealing
groceries, to torture and execution for crimes against the state.
Thousands of friends and relatives rushed
the prisons throughout Iraq. At Abu Ghraib prison, 20 miles
from Baghdad, notorious for its torture and execution of prisoners, the
mass of relatives outside the jail crushed down the gates and madly
searched for husbands, sons, brothers, cousins who had been swallowed in
secret behind the walls. Some prisoners were killed as
the crowds smashed through cellblocks in search of their loved ones.
Guards stood passive.
Hussein's justification for
blanket amnesty was prompted, he said, as a reward for the countries 100
percent endorsement of him in recent elections........... He was the only
candidate on the ballot!
The amnesty included all Iraqis,
including those outside the country who fled in fear of his retaliation
The Berlin Wall
Some likened Hussein's amnesty gift
as similar to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, a symbol that he was
shifting positions from being a "Fear Leader," to one of benevolent
nature. Others saw his decision as a means to rally internal
support, and to recruit thousands to fight a possible invasion by America.
Two weeks ago President Bush called him a
"dictator," and a "student of Stalin, a man who uses "murder as a tool of
Iraqi prisons, considered the harshest and
cruelest in the Arab world, held behind their walls the vital organ of
Hussein's power--the ability to arrest, torture and execute anyone who
opposed him. Now, they are empty.
In a similar stand-off in another land, North
Korea last week announced to the world it had the ability to produce
nuclear weapons. The news shocked the world, for it came
from within North Korea as an admission, rather than as an accusation from
Prognosticators of foreign affairs say that North
Korea has a history of denying and refuting claims against it, and that
the "new openness" is an effort by the nation to "normalize" relations
with the United States and not be considered a "terror state," thus
limiting aid and development.
Hitomi Soga was allowed to visit Japan
Earlier in the month, North Korea's leader had
apologized to the Japanese government for kidnapping its citizens years
ago to be used to teach the language and culture in spy schools.
It was the first time Korea apologized for anything, suggesting it wanted
to let the world know it was changing, seeking more openness and harmony
with the world, especially crucial allies who could help expand its
In both cases, the former bullies of the world
have stripped off their clothing to stand naked before the world. In
a way, each is saying: "Look, I'm not a bad guy, so don't hit me."
I took both incidents as a sign that Vigilance
The Intimidators were Intimidated.
The Fear mongers were afraid.
The United States is responsible.
Unilaterally, despite thousands of critics
globally, the United States has strapped on its six guns and told the
world we are not going to stand by and let maverick leaders threaten the
world. The saber rattling worked. At
least for the moment.
Denuding the prisons in Iraq was a major
example, as was North Korea's admission of nuclear capacity. Both
flinched when President Bush held up the Shield of Vigilance and the
Terrorist states realized the Courage, Conviction and Right Actions
weren't just fodder, but commitments cased in titanium.
On a micro level, the same Vigilance Formula
works for any person being Terrorized by either their own thoughts, or by
another person. Terrorism gnaws away at one's Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency until it owns the individual.
Instead of being the sum of all one's Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions, a Terrorized individual becomes the meek, weak, knee-wobbling
person who is a nail and everyone else a hammer.
We call it
"victimization." Anyone who is a "victim" of anything is
really a person trapped in a prison of Terrorism.
It's time to break down the prison walls of
Terrorism within one's self.
Unlike Iraq, we imprison ourselves. We
judge ourselves to be "bad," "unworthy," "not as good as," "not as smart
as," or not as "fortunate as" others. We compare our outsides to
others outsides, forgetting to compare our insides to other's insides.
What appears to us be "greener grass" for another
may be living hell, but we don't know that because we only see the "worst
of ourselves," and the "best of others." Terrorism
blinds us into thinking we can never climb out of the rut we are in.
That's why we should declare amnesty upon
We should set free within us the Power of
Vigilance to storm down the gates to our "Internal Prisons" where all we
see is our defects, our defeats, our "should'ves, could'ves but didn't."
We torture ourselves, becoming our own worst critic, and feed our
Emotional Terrorist until we end up on Paxil, or suck on the neck of wine
or booze bottles, or pop pills, or do drugs, or just feel like a "loser,"
a "nobody," a "nothing."
Iraq proved the power of the Pledge of Vigilance.
It proved that Vigilance can overpower Terrorism. It proved
that the Walls of Terror can come crumbling down if we grant amnesty to
North Korea proved the same to be true. By
admitting and disclosing its nuclear arsenal, it gained power through
honest self evaluation. The North Koreans could have waited
for the United States' accusation of harboring such weapons, and denied
they existed. But they didn't. They broadcast the
Break down the walls of Emotional Terrorism
in your life.
Take the Pledge of Vigilance.
Live by its Principles, not for yourself,
but for your children, and their children's children--or, just
because you'll be happier.
20--Eagles Of Vigilance
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