|What would Earnest
Hemmingway do to stalk and capture the Beast of Terror? If he
were to hunt down the Terrorists in Kenya who planned the deaths of
innocent men, women and children, what would he do when he found the
Beast of Terror? Would he kill it or capture it? You
30, 2002—Ground Zero Plus 444
Ernest Hemmingway &
The Kenya Terrorists
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
ZERO, New York City, Nov. 30 -- Ernest Hemmingway is probably
very pissed. He's searching for his elephant gun, going on a
Kenya, a place some call the "heart
of the world," is the setting for some of Hemmingway's most powerful
stories. Books like “The Green Hills of Africa”, “Death in the
Afternoon”, and stories like "The Short Happy Life of Francis
Macomber" and “Snows of Kilimanjaro”, were based on his Africa
So the idea that a suicide bomber
would ram an SUV into a small hotel in a small village where the local
townspeople were dancing for a group of Israeli tourists is enough to
bring Mr. Hemmingway up from the grave and to strap on his hunting gear.
Kenya is rich in wildlife and African beauty, home of Lake Victoria and
the magic and mystery of the "dark continent" that drew great writers and
painters to capture its landscape and legacy as the pristine center of the
The Terrorism world, however,
smashed Kenya's beauty two days ago when a white SUV loaded with
explosives roared through the main gate of the Paradise Hotel located 15
minutes south of Mombasa, crashed into the lobby and exploded, killing the
three Terrorists inside, three Israeli tourists and ten Kenyans.
The Kenyans were performing a dance for a group of Israeli tourists.
The hotel, nestled on the
pristine Indian Ocean, combines the ancient culture of Africa with modern
conveniences such as air conditioning. It's name "Paradise"
sums up the beauty and tranquility of the location prior to the attack.
Now, it is charred and bloodied, a piece of Terrorism's scar tissue.
Local Kenyans bemoaned the attack. Much of the nearby
community's income is based on tourist travel. One Kenyan woman, a
mother of ten children, cried over the death of her husband, wondering
what would become of her life and that of her children.
Eye-witness accounts of
the driver claim he was Middle Eastern or Asian, not African.
"He was definitely not a local man," Justin Mundu said. "He was
wearing a red shirt. Probably he was an Arab or Asian."
Mundu was on of the guards at the gate when the SUV roared past.
His friend was cut in half by shrapnel from the blast. "It's a
miracle I survived," Mundu said.
Kenya, with a population
of 30 million, enjoys over 48 different ethnic groups as part of its
chemistry. It is twice the size of Nevada and borders include
Somalia to the east and Ethiopia to the north. Mombasa has a
population of 838,000.
SUV used to
transport explosives and van it followed through the hotel gate
Africans sympathize with the Palestinians, noted Fahim Taha, a former
member of Parliament. "The Israelis are seen as the aggressors."
About five minutes before the hotel attack, two shoulder-fired
anti-aircraft Strella missiles were fired at this Arkia Airlines
passenger jet that had just taken off from Mombasa airport in Kenya.
The missiles missed the plane, which was carrying 140 passengers,
mainly Israeli tourists returning from a week-long vacation.
Officials suspect the Terrorists had help from the local community.
In August, 1998,
Terrorists blew up a truck in front of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi,
This most recent attack
upon a vacation resort where local Kenyans were the bait to attract the
victims smacks of the worst kind of Terrorism. It
destroys all those who help it with abandon, much as the Black Widow eats
In Hemmingway's books,
Terrorism would be a village "man-eater," a rogue lion or panther that
stalked the local men and women and children, waiting to pounce of them in
moments of innocence or complacency, killing not for food, but for the
sheer thirst for blood.
Terrorism is becoming a
"man-eater," rather than a political underscore. Once considered a
tool of violent protest or reaction, it has become indiscriminate in its
hunger to kill.
It attacks now regardless of what trappings its victims bear.
A Muslim businessman,
Bakari Yusuf Ba summed up the "man-eater" principle. "I was born in
Mombasa and apart from some election violence it's always been a peaceful
place. People walk around at night and leave doors unlocked.
But it's not safe anymore. Terrorists are looking all over the
world for targets and we were the target this time. I don't
think it had to do with Mombasa. These terrorists want to
destabilize the world and that's why we were hit."
The "man-eater" is loose.
Mr. Ba knows it.
Hemmingway would love to track the Beast of
Terror. It would be his "Old Man & The Beast" story, his
But he would find the
footprints of the Beast of Terror lead to the altar of Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency. The Beast, he would find, would be locked
inside the caves of human hearts. He would know as an expert
hunter that the Beast of Terror must be hunted not by the hunter, but by
the hunted itself.
would ask his safari to look in the mirror to find the Beast of Terror.
The Beast would be within.
It would be there that its lair
would be found.
And instead of using bullets to
kill the Beast, he would recommend snaring it in a web to capture it.
The web's weaving would be constructed with Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions, and the knots tied deftly by the Pledge of Vigilance and
Principles of Vigilance.
Hemmingway, an astute hunter of human
emotions, would know that the Beast of Terror can only be caged never
killed. And, like any wild beast, it must be constantly
guarded so it doesn't escape and begin its hunt again to kill and maim the
innocent, the unsuspecting, the non-Vigilant.
He would call upon the Sentinels of
Vigilance from Ground Zero to aid in beating the bush, to flush the Beast
of Terror out into the open, to strip the Beast of political, social,
religious disguises so that it stood naked before the world in its true
clothing, a frightened, lonely child lashing back at a world that didn't
teach it Courage, Conviction and Right Actions to the benefit of the
children's children's children. Had the Beast of Terror been
taught those principles, it would not want to sink its fangs in the father
of ten children, or kill the parents and grandparents of thousands
of children, or teach future generations that killing others was a
solution to the improvement of the world.
No, Hemmingway would,
as any great hunter, mount the head of the Beast of Terror in
his study and keep a vigilant eye on it. He would
never turn his back on the Beast, or claim it had a righteous
right to act as a man-eater, a woman-eater, a child-eater, an
No, Hemmingway would sit with
the Beast of Terror and read it stories of how an old man with
a fishing line caught it one day, and hauled it to land, and
dried its bones in the sunshine of Vigilance
Macy's Bomb Sniffing Anti-Terrorist Dog
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