IS MOTHER NATURE
A BEAST OF TERROR
SENDING A SIGNAL TO ALL TERRORISTS
THAT SHE'S IN CHARGE OF BALANCE?
ZERO PLUS 1204 DAYS,--New York, NY, Wednesday,
December 29, 2004--The
violent lash of Mother Nature's wrath has forced a cease fire
between Sumatra "terrorists" and government forces.
of Sumatra was one of the jewels of vacation spots
Sumatra is part of Indonesia,
a collection of islands nestled next to Thailand and Southeast
Asia renowned for its rich soil, spices, coffee and volcanoes.
It is also one of the jewels for vacationers seeking idyllic
environments. And, it is a hotbed of alleged terrorism.
In 1950 the new government
of Indonesia, formerly called the Dutch West Indies, created
ten provinces on the island of Sumatra that stretch 1100 miles
long and 270 wide and boasts a population of 40 million. The
province at the northern tip of the island is called Aceh, a
predominately Islamic group of people with deep Malaysian roots.
When Indonesia's government
tried to abolish the provinces and fold them into one national
authority, Aceh resisted and sought its independence. In 1959
the government offered Aceh special territorial privileges to
assuage the defiance of the people, but then decided to crush
of the Free Aceh Movement
Rebels seeking independence
engaged Indonesian troops and a war zone was created. In 1976
the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) was officially launched to represent
the demands of the rebel forces. Failed attempts to effect peace
resulted in major human rights violations and more than 7,000
deaths--some through brutal torture.
In retaliation to GAM's
attempts to seek world opinion and sympathy the Indonesian government
banned all foreign journalists and aid to the province, virtually
cutting it off from global contact. Constant attacks and ambushes
by government forces, plus assassinations of top GAM leaders
have been fruitless to bring the resistance to its knees.
But the tsunami disaster
may have opened a closed door.
Aceh is the closest populated
area to the epicenter of the undersea earthquake that brought
waves towering some 200 feet to smash civilization on the island.
It is estimated that when the final body count has been established,
there will be more than 80,000 dead.
Sumatra is a paradise-based
island. The equator cuts through its middle and creatures such
as tigers, elephants, black gibbons and orangutangs roam the
jungles. High mountains march up the island creating a stark
contrast between the sea, jungle and towering peaks. The highest
mountain in Sumatra is Kerinci jutting up some 12,484 feet.
But spoiling this virtual
Eden is the Beast of Terror.
Prior to the tsunami, rebel
and government forces were locked in fierce combat, with any
aid and supplies to Aceh halted in an attempt to force concessions
Mother Nature trumped both
Mother Nature trumped both
the Indonesian government and the Aceh rebels
Her devastation has caused
both sides to issue a cease fire to allow needed supplies, aid
and emergency workers access to the "combat zone."
The battle for Aceh isn't
over because of the cease fire. Its
website warns that Indonesian troops may divert any aid
for Aceh and calls upon the world community to monitor relief
work to insure materials are being distributed fairly.
The average observer might
see Three Beasts of Terror in this scenario. One is the Indonesian
government, alleged to inflict horrible tortures, executions
and mass deaths upon non-combatants. A few years ago Indonesian
troops were found guilty of such atrocities.
Aceh rebels have been equally
accused of such atrocities against the Indonesian troops. Watchdog
human rights groups investigating both sides have found violations
against the government and GAM.
The third Beast is Mother
Nature herself. While government and rebel forces slash and
fight at each other, killing with indiscriminate ferocity, Mother
Nature assaults Aceh.
Just 90 miles from the epicenter,
one might wonder if Nature herself might be sending a message
about violence, death and destruction. The sad story of the
tourist standing in the water holding his six-month-old when
the waves hit and having the child ripped from his arms by the
undertow, may stand equal to the horrors of human depravity
in the GAM vs. Indonesian government battle.
Some might argue the difference
is that Mother Nature has no "will" to injure while
human beings premeditate their actions and are morally responsible
for what they do while Mother Nature is absolved of any sins.
But then there is the nagging
question about the purpose of Mother Nature. Many claim that
Mother Nature's primary role is "balance." When the
earth becomes too populated, Mother Nature will control that
overabundance of human life with pestilence, howling winds,
ice ages and other forms of population reducing elements she
is historically known to perform.
Those who study the Ice
Age know that the earth has its way of erasing everything and
Mother Nature's actions
could be construed to effect "balance" on the
Could it be that there is
some ingrained notion of "will" within Mother Nature
to effect "balance" on this earth despite all the
attempts by human beings to try and control nature?
It would be easy to discount
Mother Nature's actions as an "act of God" and dispel
any notion that there was an "intent" on her part
to reduce life and bring balance back. But those who refute
such an idea must also refute that the universe is on a mission,
that it has been specifically designed by certain forces, natural
or spiritual, to achieve a goal. Recent studies of the universe
note that it is elastic, shifting its shape as it morphs and
moves through time and space toward---?????
That which has a destination
can be considered to also have a will. How "free"
that will is to divert and alter its course is up for grabs.
Human beings have a free will to alter their destiny. Instead
of achieving peace and harmony, humans can engage in war and
violence and deevolve rather than evolve. Humans can be overweight
and gluttons in one part of the world while other humans in
another sector starve.
Free will allows humans
the right to chose what step he or she will take next in life,
or, to simply surrender to life and become a non-entity, a twig
floating down a sea of conformity.
But then, isn't that what
Mother Nature does?
Isn't she unpredictable?
Terrorism doesn't mess with Mother Nature's Beast
In the blink of an eye as
storm can change directions or appear suddenly out of no where.
She can belch her entrails into the sky or open crevices under
the sea in undetected ways that leave a man and his six-month-old
child standing unaware in the warm surf blind to the fact that
Mother Nature's Beast of Terror is about to alter all balance
for a moment.
There may be some cosmic
reasoning behind the fact that Aceh is the hardest hit of all
from the tsunami. Perhaps Mother Nature wanted to tell the world
in a very subtle way that when it comes to Terrorism, no one
can equal her wrath. Perhaps she wanted the world to know that
if Terrorism wants to challenge Mother Nature, she will remove
us all, one tsunami at a time.
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