The European Union conducted a poll in October to determine who, in
its member's opinions, served as the greatest threat to world peace.
The citizens of the EU chose one nation as the most dangerous threat
to world peace. It wasn't Iran or North Korea or Afghanistan.
The nation was Israel. Why did the EU pick Israel as
the chief threat to world peace? Could it be that Israel has a
need to become to Parent of Vigilance, a Nation of Vigilance, more
concerned about the future than the present? Find out.
4, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 783
Israel--The Greatest Threat To World
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Nov. 4, 2003--
Terrorism puts on many disguises. One of them is opinion
polls. And, the latest victim of public opinion is Israel.
Commission conducted a poll that ranked Israel as the "greatest
threat to world peace"
In a public opinion poll conducted by the
European Commission in October, Israel ranked as the number one
"greatest threat to world peace," above nations such as North Korea,
Afghanistan and Iraq.
The poll sampled 500 people in each of the European
Union's 15 countries bound together in a similar fashion to the
various 50 states in the United States to form a single economic and
potential political block.
Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed listed Israel as
the leading threat to world peace, inciting the leaders of Israel to
protest that Europe was expressing its anti-semiticism. The
Dutch, Austrians and Luxembourgers were most likely to shove Israel to
the top of the list of "threats to world peace," while the French were
the least to do so. (For more information, go to the
Christian Science Monitor story.
Ariel Sharon is employing hardline tactics
The issue was brought to public
view because Israel is seeking a new definition of anti-semitism,
based on harsh reporting of its critics on how the nation deals with
Palestinians in the battle between Israel's hard-line against those
who wage intifada against it. The hardline tactics
employed by the government of Ariel Sharon boil at the nucleus of the
issue. Such tactics include brutal treatment,
retaliation and assassination of those who attack Israel.
My concern is not about the
politics of the issue, but rather the source of it.
Terrorism is not a political
It is a parental one.
It begins with the attitude of
a parent to a child. When a parent teaches a child, or, worse,
neglects to teach a child the Principles of Vigilance then the Beast
of Terror worms his way into the sinew of the child's being, gnawing
away at the child's outlook until hate, bigotry, anger, revenge and
ultimately hostility boil to the surface.
To indict a nation as the
"greatest threat to world peace" is an indictment of its parenting, of
its lack of preparing its children to stand up and be accountable for
the rights of all children.
My definition of Vigilance is the
duty and responsibility of the Parent of Vigilance to teach a child
how to overcome Fear with Courage, to banish Intimidation with
Confidence, and to quash Complacency with Right Actions that benefit
the Children's Children's Children.
Children's Children comprise all ethnicities, all cultures,
religions and political beliefs
This last element, the Children's
Children's Children, does not exclude any child. Three
generations out, the children include all children, a mixture rather
than a singular group of innocent young ones who comprise all
ethnicities, all cultures, all varied religious and political beliefs.
Decisions made by Parents of Vigilance in
raising their children are not easy ones when it comes to shaping
attitudes and outlooks toward others. There is a natural
inclination among us all to promote the selfishness of our cultures,
our religions, our politics, our prejudices, our bigotries.
When we are faced with questions from children, it is easy to fall
back upon our own experiences, to spew out the often narrow views we
learned from our parents, or to espouse the edicts of the present as
though the narrow ruts of our thinking were the black of the white,
and there were no other alternatives.
evolution requires the flood and ebb of views
Nothing is more false.
Human evolution requires the flood
and ebb of views. The European Union is one small example.
Once a disenfranchised, separate set of nations, each with its own
borders and jealous regard for not contaminating its sovereignty with
"alien" influence, it changed.
Tossing out thousands of years of
separatism, the nations of the European Union found ways to bind
themselves under one flag, to pool their resources, to unify their
differences so that they could interact as one.
A doctor who graduates from a medical
school in Europe, for example, can practice in any of the EU states.
As in the United States, the rights of one citizen of an EU state
extend throughout the various countries, as they do here in the United
For nations in the EU, this meant giving up
singularity for plurality. It meant reducing national
selfishness for the more appetizing benefit of selflessness.
And, the great benefactors of the decision were the children, the
future generations of the EU.
Nations in the
EU looked at the bigger picture and gave up their singularity
Older, hard-liners, the Parents and Grandparents
of the EU, had to swallow hard when they voted to join the EU.
They had to shove aside their own personal prejudices and bigotries
against neighbors and look at a bigger picture--one that would be most
advantageous to the future despite the preferences they might clutch
to that excluded giving another nation the same rights as they
enjoyed, or, that might water down their individuality.
Israel, according to the poll, stands out as a
threat to the peace and serenity that the EU has struggled to achieve.
The more Israel seeks to isolate itself as
"different" the more threatening it becomes to the EU. It
means to the EU citizens that Israel expects to receive "special"
consideration, to return to the "old ways" of separatism which,
ultimately, allows it to have more selfish than selfless rights.
I confess I am not schooled in all the
details of the issues between Israel and the EU that caused the 7,500
polled people of the EU to make that nation the "number one threat to
However, I am schooled as a Parent of
Vigilance. And, when one parent wants something special for his
or her children, at the expense of other children's rights, then I
question the threat that person poses to the community.
Israeli and Palestinians are blinded to the future of their
I have friends from both the Israeli and
Palestinian camps. I hear and have heard both sides of
their stories. Both claim righteous indignation over
the other. Both have selfish views, based on the battle
waging between them. Both are blinded to the future of their
children, although each claims he or she holds their views in bloody hands
as treasures for their progeny.
I find it hard to believe that killing one
another is a lesson for the children. Over centuries and
centuries, we have justified the death of others as the price of
"peace" and "security." We justify the "right to wage war" on
the precept that our "children will be safer" once the blood dries and
the borders are clear and the guns and barbed wire separate us from
the "evil ones."
WWII and the
Cold War forced the nations of Europe to blend their differences
into one melting pot
The EU, on the other hand, learned the hard way.
After centuries and centuries of bloodshed as one nation waged war
against another, the only result was destruction of their future.
World War II and the Cold War forced the nations of Europe to
reconsider their selfishness and to establish a union of differences
blended into one melting pot.
They stripped away their borders, stuffed
their prejudices, buried their bigotries and welcomed each other to
flow freely from one land to another, just as Americans have for more
than 200 years.
Now, the EU is casting stones at
Israel. It has singled out that nation as the "wolf" in
It makes Israel the Beast of Terror,
the king of the Beasts of Terror, possessing more danger than North
Korea, Iran or Afghanistan.
The EU singled
Israel out as the "wolf" in sheep's clothing
I see the EU poll as a Parents of
Vigilance poll. I see the indictment not against the
nation of Israel as much as I see it against the Parents of Israel.
At some point in time the differences
between nations must be resolved, and not by politics.
Politics means we have compromised our
rights as individuals and turned them over to a few who lead us.
It means we have disenfranchised ourselves from our duty as Parents of
Vigilance and turned ourselves over to a singular source--a
government--to set the policies that affect our future and the future
of our children.
We become, in this process, victims of our
Only when the people vote, when the
people's Voices ring, when the people's opinions are sought, will the
true future of nations be established.
In 1776 the United States chose to cast
away the idea of a leader ruling the land. People chose to
take upon themselves the "right to govern" and to place in leadership
roles only guardians of that right.
The California recall where Governor Gray Davis
was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger is one example of the peoples'
rights to govern, and proof that leadership does not truly rest in
politics, but in the body of the Parents of Vigilance.
The EU vote
was a battering ram hitting the citizens of Israel in the guts
vote against Israel by the Parents of Vigilance was a message to the
people of Israel. It was a chorus sung to them to stand up for
their children's future, to step up to the plate and stop trying to
isolate and separate themselves from unification.
It was a battering ram hitting the citizens of
Israel in the guts, reminding them to stop following leadership and to
That leadership will occur when Israeli parents
vow to become Parents of Vigilance, not just for Israel, but for all
the Children's Children's Children.