Saddam Hussein will soon be on trial for mass murder of more than
500,000 Iraqis. It will be a time to revenge the horror of his
crimes against humanity, and a time to revenge the death of his
victims. But is revenge the right action for the world to take?
Will revenge wash the blood of Saddam's victim clean and make our
world safer? Or, is the real issue the Complacency of
Parenthood? Did we, as a society, allow the Beast of
Terror to grow into a mass murderer? Are we responsible?
Should we, the Parents of the World, be on trial for allowing such
crimes? And, what can we do to insure another Saddam will
not rise from the ashes of revenge? Find out in this compelling
January 5, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 845
Trial Of The First Beast Of
Terror--Will It Produce Vigilance or Complacency?
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Jan. 5, 2004 --Saddam
Hussein is waiting trial for the crimes of the 20th Century.
is waiting trial for the crimes of the 20th Century
There are at
least 500,000 counts of murder waiting in the wings to be waged
against him. Most of them were committed in the 20th Century
These crimes do not include the ones in
Kuwait or outside the borders of the country Saddam ruled for nearly a
quarter of a century.
Saddam is the first world-class mass
murderer Beast of Terror to be brought to trial. Benito
Mussolini, the tyrannical leader of Italy during World War II, was
lynched. Adolph Hitler killed himself. Stalin,
Mao and Pol Pot died of old age.
Currently, a couple of obscure "Beasts" are
on trial such as the Hutu in Rwanda and Slobodan Milosevic, but they
are hardly known to the people of the world.
Saddam stands alone in the Beast of Terror
On Trial ring.
book 1984 underplays the idea of revenge
In the January 5, 2004 issue of New Yorker Magazine, author George
Packer points out that George Orwell, author of the famous novel,
1984, is known for underplaying the idea of revenge.
"The whole idea of revenge and punishment
is a day-dream," he wrote. "Properly speaking, there is no such
thing as revenge. Revenge is an act which you want to commit
when you are powerless and because you are powerless: as soon as the
sense of impotency is removed, the desire evaporates also."
Is Orwell suggesting that
seeking revenge against Saddam is a waste of time?
Practically, it is when you
apply the Principles of Vigilance to the issue.
Saddam Hussein is the boil, the
pustule of pestilence that burst and spewed its venom upon all who
stood in his way.
The idea of revenge forces all
of us to question our own conscience, for revenge suggests that we sat
back and allowed the Beast of Terror to grow and prosper before our
very eyes and did little to stop his evolution. Now, that
the Beast is cornered and caged, we stab and shoot it, cut off its
head, carry it around on a stick, and feel as though we have salved
the wounds the Beast created.
But where were we when
the crimes were being planned, executed and the dead bodies piled one
upon the other?
For the moment, switch
from Saddam to a child.
The child is rude, angry,
ill-mannered. We shove pills in the child's mouth.
We send the child to therapy. We shake our heads and maybe
get angry at the child and punish him or her for not "acting"
correctly. No matter what punishment we issue, the
child continues to resist authority, becomes a bully and finally
commits crimes for which the child is put on trial as "incorrigible."
Who is at fault?
Society sought its revenge on the child and punished it, but everyone
who knows anything about the "criminal" knows that the odds of the
child changing his or her ways once out of jail are slim.
The Principles of
Vigilance refute revenge as a solution to the development of the Beast
of Vigilance refute revenge as a solution to the development of
the Beast of Terror
Revenge itself suggests we "wait" until the crimes reach a boiling
point, then we rush in with fire fighters to put out the flames and
drag the arsonist to jail.
it "the sense of impotence" to stop the Beast in his or her tracks.
Impotence is nothing more than Complacency. Bullies
rule the world and life when we stop being Vigilant, or, are never
ill-mannered child, unchecked and untrained, will grow up with the
attitude of the bully. If he or she finds that he or she
can shove and bump his or her way through life, and that the large
mass of people will move out of his or her way, then the Beast will
The same is true of
the "quiet" child. The child who has lost or never developed a
sense of self-worth or self-respect because the child is constantly
criticized or berated, or simply ignored, will become a reverse bully.
He or she will begin to cower within, constantly fearful of being
wronged by others. Such children walk with their
heads down, worry about being liked and loved, feel distant and
disenfranchised from others. They see themselves as nails
and the world as a hammer. They are victims in training, waiting
for the bullies to shove and push them about.
gleefully await the hangman's noose to snap Saddam's neck, we ask
for a false sense of security
The revenge we
seek against Saddam Hussein suggests that we honor the result of
mismanaging our children. When we gleefully clap our hands
and await the hangman's noose to snap Saddam's neck, we are asking for
the false sense of security that we have indeed cut the head off the
It diverts our attention
from the cradle, where the next Beast of Terror is being breast fed.
It blinds us to the Principles of Vigilance that remind us that if we
do not train our children to defend themselves from the wrath of the
Beast of Terror, they too might grow up to become a Child of Saddam, a
Child of the Beast.
Few parents want to make the connection between their duty and role as
Parents of Vigilance and the danger they might become Parents of the
Beast of Terror.
But how many parents vow
to be Parents of Vigilance? How many parents are willing
to admit that the Beast of Terror gnaws and chews at their own
psyches, often making them feel Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
about the daily issues of life? Like so many parents, it
is much easier to shun those feelings and deny they interfere with
life, when, in reality, each time those feelings swell and sweep
through a parent's mind, they create ripples that sweep out to their
children, washing them in the same cloaks of doubt and despair that
impact their parents.
Vigilance are aware of the Beast of Terror's goal to infect their
of Vigilance are aware that the Beast of Terror's goal is to infect
their children, and therefore put up their Shields of Vigilance to
convert feelings of Fear to Courage, to alter senses of Intimidation
into states of Conviction, and to undermine their feelings of
Complacency with Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's
They adhere to the
Principle of Vigilance that "As I think therefore I act, and to change
my thoughts is to change my actions."
Thus, they employ the One
Percent Thought System. They seek to find One Percent more
Courageous than Fearful thoughts when under attack by Fear.
They muster One Percent more Conviction in the face of Intimidation,
and One Percent more Right Actions when the shadow of Complacency
dulls their desire to do what is right not just for themselves, but
for their children and their Children's Children's Children.
Parents of Vigilance know that
if they wait to try to manage the Beast of Terror in a child, it may
be too late.
They are willing to sit with
their children and share their own Fears, Intimidations and
Complacencies about life to create a bridge of trust between
themselves and their children so their children will share their "dark
thoughts" with them, and seek their wisdom to overcome them.
Adults are nothing more than
mirrors of their parents, their guardians, their care givers.
When we punish an adult for "crimes against humanity" we are punishing
ourselves for our own Complacency, we are trying to cover our tracks
of parental mismanagement by evening the score--"an eye for an
eye"--as though revenge and punishment were a source of healing, an
antidote to the Crimes of Childhood Complacency.
Few can argue that a child brought up
in a loving, caring environment with proper role models who teach
Courage over Fear, Conviction instead of Intimidation, and Right
Actions that benefit future generations over selfish Complacency and
self-sating greed, will be quite different than a child raised to be a
bully, who is taught to shove and take from others what he or she
wants regardless of the cost to others.
We will put Saddam Hussein on trial for
mass murder, of that there is no doubt. The world will huddle
around the television sets and pour over the newspapers and magazines,
promoting "justice" for the crimes committed.
But in the process of such revenge
and gloating over "retribution" will be lost the true crime--the crime
of Parental Complacency.
We will not look in the mirror and
ask ourselves: "What are we going to do to insure the next
Saddam Hussein will not appear?" We will not point fingers at
ourselves, for that would suggest that the revenge we seek against
Saddam begins with convicting ourselves of Parental Complacency.
of Vigilance concerns himself or herself not with his or her own
child but with all the Children's Children's Children
The Principles of Vigilance assume that we are all parents of all
children, not just our own. If we subscribe to being a
"Parent of Vigilance" we automatically concern ourselves not only with
our own children, but with the Children's Children's Children.
That means we expand our parental obligations to the world at large,
for none of us can be sure our Children's Children's Children won't be
mothers and fathers to children in any part of the globe, in any
This also suggests that what we
teach our children today will have a rippling effect a hundred years
from now--at least three generations forward. If we
start now to invoke the Principles of Parental Vigilance, we will
start the true process of revenge against the Beast of Terror.
We will reduce and hopefully
eliminate the fuel that feeds the Beast. If we are able to teach
our children, who teach their children, who teach their children that
Fear can be countered with Courage, and Intimidation nullified by
Conviction, and Complacency replaced by Right Actions that benefit
future generations, the Beast of Terror will starve.
There will no source for the Beast to
suckle nutrients to feed its thirst to bully, kill, maim, hurt and
revenge against Saddam will be recognizing the need to strengthen
revenge against Saddam won't be his trial or death. It will be
the recognition that we, all humanity, need to strengthen our Parental
Vigilance so the next Saddam will not be allowed to evolve from the
womb of our Complacency.
You can take the right step today to
keep the next Saddam from evolving. Take the Pledge of
Vigilance. The greatest punishment we can issue the Beast
of Terror is to become Parents and Citizens and Loved Ones of
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