|When the Voices crying for World Peace smashed the
walls of communism, hundreds of despots ran amuck, torturing and
murdering with impunity as the two superpowers licked their wounds
from the Cold War. Now, Terrorism seems to be breeding in
the aftermath of war, growing stronger as the conventional methods of "war
management" fail to stop the children of the Beast of Terror from
dancing in the world's sandbox. How can it be stopped?
You be the judge!
27, 2002—Ground Zero Plus 471
Cry For World Peace Falls On Terrorism's Deaf Ears
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Dec. 27--
PEACE! WORLD PEACE!
Listen! Can you hear the cries…the
tears of remorse?
Peace lovers, once driven by the hope that when communism
fell the world would grow flowers instead of bombs and bullets, have
all but given up on the idea that World Peace is within the grasp of
Citizens of the 21st Century. Terrorism has stood in Peace's
sunlight, casting a deadly shadow on the idea that nations can agree
to peace in spite of human nature's thirst for war, death and
The disillusion came into sharp focus in 1989 when the Berlin
Wall crumbled. A symbol of East-West nuclear tension, the falling of
the Wall implied for many peaceniks that the Gordian Knot of Conflict
had been finally cut, untied, unraveled. Once the world stopped
aiming lethal nuclear weapons at one another, a new World Order would
usher in replacing Suspicion with Affirmation, and Division with
Unfortunately, that global Unity hope was quickly dashed when
Terrorism found that the superpowers had no stomach for war--civil
war. They had been great at policing World War, but when
it came to stomping out the fires of dissent and despotism, they
weren't good local firemen. They weren't equipped to snuff
out regional conflicts.
History had defeated them in this
Terrorism is a
threat to Global Unity
America lost its first "guerrilla war" in Vietnam at the
expense of 50,000 lives and an estimated two million Vietnamese’s.
Russia, in 1979, launched a similar "guerrilla war" against
Afghanistan. After eight brutal years of fighting and the loss of
14,000 Russian soldiers, Russia pulled out, defeated.
When the Berlin Wall came down instead of ushering in peace
and tranquility, the superpowers’ former check and balance systems
over tyrant nations evaporated. No longer did the Terrorist of a
small, struggling country have to answer to either America or
Russia. Both giants were licking their wounds.
The time was ripe for the evolution of dictators and despots.
In 1979 Saddam Hussein came to power in Iraq on the heels of the
Russian invasion of Afghanistan.
America and Russia, trying to juggle allies in the Middle
East, threw aide here and there, never sure when the guns and bullets
they were offering for support might turn back on them.
World Peace rushed out of the globe's jugular as regional
conflicts grew more intense and confusing. Russia's invasion of
Afghanistan ended in dismal failure, a Vietnam-type defeat that
rippled through the world reminding everyone of the
inability of the "super giants" to fight and win small wars.
Madmen like Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic or Rwanda's 1993 Hutu
government unleashed a reign of killing and destruction that reminded
the citizens of the world of the former military superpowers'
impotency to "fix" other nations. Both America and Russia stood
helplessly by as thousands upon thousands of bodies floated down
holding smaller nations in check
In past years America
and Russia held smaller nations in check, wedged between the Hammer & Cycle on one side and
the Stars & Stripes on the other. Despotic leaders were muted by
the shadows of each power, fearful of engaging either's wrath.
When the two giants collapsed their fight
with one another, the Terrorists rose out of the caves, seizing or wielding a
new-found power in the knowledge that neither the U.S. nor the former
Russian Empire had the resources or stomach to fight hundreds of small
battles in an equal number of nations undergoing transformation.
The world's policemen were gone. The despots
Today, America and Russia are
scrambling to fight off the Ants of Terrorism. They crawl
out of holes here and there, attacking the superpowers with ambushes
and assaults, sniping at them to show the world that any time a
Terrorist desires, he or she can rise up out of nowhere and clutch
the giants' testicles in a great vice.
Somalia was a bitter example of a failed
attempt by the United States to heal the wounds of despotism.
Then came September 11, the World Trade Center attack, the Pentagon
attack, the Bali attack. In the midst of this was the constant attacks in Israel
and increased failures at negotiating peace in the Middle East.
Russia had its own problems with Chechnya rebels Terrorizing its
power and authority.
The Gulf War didn't help proffer the
prospects of peace. It only proved the ability of the
bulldogs to snarl and yap at the superpowers, and to illustrate the
conflict of the United Nations in agreeing as to whom the world's
Peace Policeman would be.
President Bush's War On Terrorism was
a declaration of war on a global basis, a unilateral vow to fight war
against any individual or nation that harbored Terrorism. To
many, that meant global war, for the despots were everywhere,
symbolized most egregiously by Saddam Hussein.
opinion piece published today in the Christian Science Monitor, Larry
Seaquist, a former U.S. Navy warship captain and Pentagon strategist
turned peace-builder, suggests the failure in creating WORLD PEACE is
the delusion it can be achieved by military forces--i.e.. waging war.
The fatal flaw by national leaders is an historic belief that guarding one's
borders is the key to its internal security. The
hunter-warrior principle of defense calls for guards to be stationed
around the perimeter
of a nation, waiting for hoards to rush its walls and who are geared to repel
them. This includes preemptive attacks when there is a
threat or presumed threat in the offing.
However, the strategy was based on one
nation against another, one force facing another force. Little thought was given to the carcinogenic effect
of Terrorism that sprouts up like a virus in the midst of the
homeland, one Terrorist at a time, bombing here, poisoning there,
plotting here. The strategy did not consider being bitten
to death by ducks, or sniped at by one guerrilla Terrorist after
another driven by ideological differences rather than national
This faceless, nameless, anonymous
Terrorist enemy flies in the face of armies and modern warfare
technology--all designed to pulverize and smash into submission fixed
enemies. WORLD PEACE, Seaquist claims, will not occur by strapping on rifles
and assaulting bankers in desert strongholds with tanks and Black
Hawks. Seaquist advocates World Peace will only come when
individuals in each tormented community stands up and work for it from
within the hearth, from within society's innermost core--the family,
neighborhood, community unit.
Unfortunately, Mr. Seaquist doesn't give
the reader any finger holds, any real firmament on how to go about
becoming a Citizen Sentinel of Vigilance. However, I understand
his point. He's saying that unless each citizen is
Vigilant and takes the responsibility for the protection of his or her
community, there will never be any WORLD PEACE. Peace begins at
home. It cannot be the result of war, for if it were, the world
would be at peace today. We have had far too many wars to
suggest peace is war's outcropping.
Even with this knowledge, we attack the goal of peace
with the tools of war. We heap billions of dollars on ancient
resources that have proven only to fester war and depreciate peace.
The revised Northern Command is an example of shifting resources from
one kind of war to another in an attempt to promote peace.
E. Eberhart Commander of the Terrorist Situation Task Force, i.e.,
New York Times,
reporters Philip Shenon and Eric Schmitt offer a report on General Ralph E. Eberhart of the Air Force
in today's Times. Eberhart is the nation's top
officer in charge of domestic security. Gen.
Eberhart is the head of Northern Command, a Terrorist Situation Task Force that
once was charged with being the alert force to guard the U.S. against
threatened Russian nuclear attacks.. His emergency command center
is part of a 4.5 acre bunker complex buried 2,000 feet into Cheyenne
Mountain in Colorado. It was built in the '60s as our core
planning center to stave of Armageddon. Daily, Gen. Eberhart walks through a
variety of Terrorist scenarios--proactive and reactionary plans on how
to deal with bombings, smallpox, water supply poisonings, dirty
nuclear bomb radiation leakage--limitless planning on how America will
respond to the next Terrorist attack.
FBI and CIA representatives stand at his
side, providing input and coordination. Also close by is
Col. Jarisse J. Sanborn, the senior legal advisor. Sanborn's job
is to insure federal laws that restrict the domestic role of the
military, such as the 1878 Posse Comitatus
Act that prohibits U.S. troops from direct involvement in domestic law
enforcement duties. These laws include who can be arrested and
detained within the law
War is being stoked, deep in the
bowels of our nation, just as it is in the bowels of Iraq and
Afghanistan, and who knows where around the world.
But the target of war is not the true
enemy. Our guns and bullets are aimed at the "heads of
war," the "Terrorists" who organize and plot to bring horror and
destruction to our unsuspecting. The great fallacy is by killing
Saddam or Osama, or blowing up a carload of Terrorists in Yemen with a
Predator manned by the CIA, we will move closer to peace and security.
Seaquist's point is that won't
happen. Peace will not evolve out of war--more war will.
That's why I believe, and the
VigilanceVoice advocates, that we not hunt down Terrorists, but
instead spend that energy on hunting down the Beast of Terror--the oak
not the acorns of Terrorism.
The Beast of Terror does not reside
in caves in Iraq or Afghanistan, but within each of us.
We, human beings, harbor our Beast of Terror. Most of us control
it, contain it, restrain it, leash it. But many don't.
It raises its many heads in nefarious ways, creating Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency in those around us, in ourselves, in
society. It is not the privy of suicide bombers or
fundamentalists alone. Terrorism--the injection of Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency--can be hurled at a child by an angry
parent's comment, or by a husband to a wife, or by a sniper in
Washington D.C. Terrorism has two forms--one that attacks
the emotional well-being, the other that attacks the physical.
If we are to find peace, it must be
as a result of taming our Beast of Terror, not feeding it.
be wielded to conquer World Terror
The Pledge of Vigilance is an
individual Tool of Vigilance to leverage one's awareness of the Beast
of Terror's goal to diminish the safety and security of a person's
mind, and those around him or her. It forces subscribers
to it to reach for Courage in the face of Fear, for Conviction when
under assault by Intimidation, and to take Right Actions rather than
fall into a state of Complacency where one abdicates his or her
personal security to others.
I would have been more impressed if
the Northern Command headquarters was planning how to get each
American to fight his or her Beast of Terror as a key strategy to
eliminating our threats of national security. If Gen.
Eberhart was more concerned with putting the Sword of Vigilance and
Shield of Vigilance into every citizen's hands, and to insure that
everyone subscribed to the Pledge of Vigilance, we might move closer
to the concept of peace and farther from the fear of war.
Terrorism, when it cannot Terrorize, is rendered impotent.
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for the benefit of the
children's children's children disarms Terrorism instantly, it takes
away the fuel necessary to spark the fires of Fear, Intimidation and
I concur with Mr. Seaquist that the battle
starts at home, and isn't one that will be won by killing Saddam
Hussein or trying to impose another government in place of his current
despotic one. What will change Iraq is a commitment by its people to protect their children, and all children--the
same one we need to effect within the United States.
The Pledge of Vigilance will help all nations evolve into a Society of
Vigilance. It will turn the attention of people away from
the need to be "governed" to the more vital and ultimate goal of "self
government." It will make each parent and loved one a
Soldier of Vigilance, more concerned for the safety of future
generations than allowing despots to hold the future of their children
in their hands.
World Peace means world commitment to Vigilance.
It means we must constantly be wary first of our own Beast of Terror,
secondly of that within all others. When we can walk up and face
each other's Beast of Terror, armed with the Tools of Vigilance, we
drive it back to its hiding places, deep within us where it can do no
harm unless we feed it with our Fear, our Intimidation and our
World Peace is
a result of World Vigilance
World Peace, ultimately,
is the wrong cry. What Mr. Seaquist and others striving
for a world without brutal conflict should be asking for is World
Vigilance. Peace is static, the end of war and the
beginning of yet another. Vigilance is dynamic.
It exists outside peace and war, the end and result of human conflict,
bound in a continuous cycle that has no alpha or omega.
Vigilance is a muscle that is
always flexed, always coiled, always poised to strike down Terrorism.
It guards people from falling Complacent to the idea that Peace will
assuage War, that light will suffocate dark, that Paradise exists
Perhaps someday we will have a
Northern Vigilance Command, staffed by those on alert to the presence
of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in our society and the world.
And, perhaps someday advocates such as Mr. Seaquist will promote World
Vigilance rather than World Peace.
In the interim, we must look in
the mirror for the solution. We must find and manage our
Beast of Terror, and then help others find and manage theirs.
When that happens, Terrorism will not need to be killed, it will
starve to death.
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