What is the cost of freedom and liberty for the Children's Children's
Children? Is $131,944 a minute too much? What
is too much to protect the rights of future generations?
Find out how the cost of the war in Iraq is an investment in Vigilance
rather than Terrorism.
8, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 817
The Price Of Fighting Terrorism In
Sixty-Cents A Day!
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Dec. 7,
2003--Vigilance is an expensive necessity. The total cost
of the war so far is about $89 billion, including all interest
Monthly, the cost to each of
the 290 million American citizens to fund the sustained battle against
the Beast of Terror amounts to $18 dollars a month, about the same
amount Sally Struthers seeks in her ads to rid the world
cost to each American to fight the Beast of Terror in Iraq amounts
to little more than the amount Sally Struthers seeks for
Currently, a monthly
expenditure of $5.4 billion is being spent to keep America at the helm
of Iraqi reconstruction.
The costs for American troops to wage the
war against Terrorism come from what some might onsider "anti-war."
But, the numbers are solid. They come from the U.S. government
and have been fattened to include realistic interest expenses.
You can browse the site and decide for yourself
(go to site).
The issue boils down to defending the rights of
liberty and freedom in Iraq at $18 a month per U.S. Citizen, about sixty cents a day per
Through April 26 of this year, the cost of the "war" is estimated at
$26 billion. The monthly occupation cost following the
"war"--when President Bush declared the end to "major combat"-- is
calculated to be $5.46 billion per month including interest.
Donald Rumsfeld stated the monthly occupation cost to be at least $3.9
billion. His figure did not include interest.
The issue isn't one about just
money. It's about the price a society is willing
to pay to insure the future security of its children through
protecting other nations' children.
spend sixty cents a day to fight Terrorism in Iraq?
question is: Would you spend sixty cents a day to fight
Terrorism in Iraq? Would you be willing to invest that
sixty cents to protect the future from Terrorism's proliferation?
There is little doubt that war creates waste or that
when a bullet kills or a bomb blows up something, the loss is final.
Sadly, war's ravages reminds us all that that which was is no longer.
War's waste clogs our Vigilance views, for it splatters the blood of
the innocent over all we see and hear, often blinding and deafening us
to the long-range value of defending the rights of the Children's
But when it comes to
looking at the current expenses in Iraq, we need to wipe our lenses
with the cloth of Vigilance and see the benefit to future generations.
We need to hear the cries of the Children's Children's Children. We need to ask: "Are we investing in the best possible asset we
can (the future of the children)--or, are we grinding our assets down the drain?
(our own selfish political and economic goals)"
expenditures are those which replace something old for something new,
intended to last a long time. When you tear down one
structure and rebuild another that is stronger and better, you invest
in the future. You invest in stability versus instability, in
security rather than insecurity.
Despite arguments eschewing the "waste" of U.S. funds in Iraq,
a Vigilance View sees the
$18 a month ($0.60 per day) as a capital expenditure in Vigilance over
The daily two quarters and a dime provide a long-range fortress of freedom for some 24
million people, nearly half of whom are under the age of 15.
The old structure of tyranny and oppression is being razed for a new
structure, liberty and freedom. World Complacency on
the issue was removed the moment the U.S. and its allies attacked
capital investments in the liberation of many people with their
blood and guts
the $18 a month per capita investment in occupying Iraq while a new
government can be installed is
a risky investment. The Middle East has never in modern history
embraced the kind of freedoms the West enjoys, but then neither did
the people in Japan or South Korea prior to end of both World
War II and Korea.
Both societies today are prosperous examples
of the value of such capital "war" investments. Had Americans not
funded the liberation of those peoples with their blood and guts,
the world would be less safe, less secure. North Korea's threat
of violence upon others is a prime example.
Europe pages of history
spell out the same story. Had Americans
by the thousands not invested their "national capital" against Hitler,
Western Europe might still be under some form of tyrannical rulership.
Communism was also
defeated by American capital as part of the Cold War. Huge investments in both
hard and political currency resulted in the smashing of the Berlin
Wall, and the capitulation of a way of life that restricted and
hobbled the freedom of millions. The price of Vigilance
has reaped countless rewards so far. Iraq is no
individuals and groups diminish the cost of freedom by
suggesting Americans are wasting their funds that could
be used to enhance education, health and reduce poverty in our own
country, they overlook the Vigilance Question:
What is the cost of protecting the
Children's Children's Children from the Beast of Terror?
the battle against Terrorism
Vigilance is defined as the battle against Terrorism. It
is about the commitment a person, a neighborhood, a community, a
state, a nation and a world makes to secure freedom from the Beast of
Terror's wrath against the Children's Children's Children.
There is no
more precious or important capital investment than in the children's
future, whether they be our own children or the children of the world.
madding moments of political agenda, we tend to justify our particular
viewpoints by finding fault with someone who doesn't agree with our
position. The Democrats hurl invectives at the
Republicans for misusing funds, for mismanaging the war.
The United Nations berates America for virtually unilaterally
attacking Saddam Hussein's regime. Anti-war protestors
rail against America's "imperialistic" stance, likening the current
Administration to that of Hitler, or portraying them to be "Guns For
Oil" capitalistic monsters eager to gobble up rich real estate to
feather their beds.
Clinton very recently went to Iraq and attacked President Bush in front of US
Senator Hillary Clinton goes to Iraq and attacks President Bush's
policies in front of combat troops, seeking to gain popularity for her
own obvious Presidential bids either in the up-and-coming election or
the following one.
But, where is the sanity of parenthood?
Parents invest in their children's future without blinking.
It is estimated that the cost to raise a child in America is $190,528.
Data from the US. Department of Agriculture provides a calculator to
measure the cost of raising a child. You can look these annual
expenses in detail at this site
(Go To Cost Of Child Site).
the cost of freedom for an Iraqi child? Do our children's freedoms have any link to the freedom of the rest of the
American children, like children in any free society, have access to
information about the world. They look at other children
as brothers and sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces.
They don't look at them as Iraqis or North Koreans or Ethiopians.
They see children--innocent siblings--suffering from a variety of
pestilences ranging from poor education to poverty, sickness and lack
of freedom to evolve into who they can be.
are linked to the world. The future of all children means
as much to them as the future of their lives do to their parents.
to the world
means that the capital investment we are making in Iraq at the rate of
sixty cents a day has a value far beyond what critics of that
expenditure may believe is worthy.
The Beast of Terror that threatens the children of Iraq will not go
away easily. He has loomed over them for at least 23
years, the length of time that Saddam Hussein was in power.
But it isn't just Saddam's shadow that is being reconstructed in Iraq.
The real expense is retooling and reengineering a way of thinking that
provides children with rights unequaled in the Middle East.
Those same rights were successfully given to the children of Japan and
North Korea, and returned to the children of Europe and communist
states once the Beast of Terror was defeated in those lands
The Beast of
Terror threatening Iraq will not go away easily
Over three generations--the length of the Children's Children's
Children progeny--the cost of $18 a month is spread over 100 years.
The capital investment to rebuilding Iraq's children's future becomes
far less startling when it is viewed as a tool to bring the children
of one land together with the children of other lands. It
translates into "we get back what we give."
If freedom and liberty take hold in Iraq and the rest of the Middle
East over the next hundred years, will the investment of sixty cents a
day be worth it?
look at the "cost of war" as the "cost of Vigilance,"
we see it from a different viewpoint. If the "price of
Vigilance" is about protecting and preserving the rights of other
children to be free and to evolve at parity with other children, then
is the "cost of Vigilance" an asset or a deficit?
Americans had pulled the plug on its defense of liberty and freedom
based on the cost of war, we would have long ago tucked our head in the
turtle's shell and skulked around our own country in hopes no one
would notice we existed.
however, has placed a destiny on the shoulders of Americans to be the
Parents of Vigilance, and to encourage the world to be the same.
We are a Nation of Vigilance, a country of diversity that wants all
others to enjoy the same gifts we have because they benefit the future
generations, the children of tomorrow.
Our duty as
Parents of Vigilance is to keep the world safe for all Children's
Children's Children even if it is costly
We invest heavily
in our own children. Now, we are investing heavily in the
children of another land. Who will benefit from such
an investment? Our children, of course.
Terrorism exists tomorrow because of what we do today, then the price
of Vigilance over Terrorism has been a worthy expense.
But, if we start to
look at our expenditures in terms of robbing our children of their
future instead of investing in it, we miss the Big Picture.
We forget our duty
as true Parents of Vigilance, and that is to keep the world safe for
all the Children's Children's Children, even if that costs us $84 a
Be a stockholder in
the future of not only your children, and grandchildren, but to the
children of the world. Take the Pledge of Vigilance today.
It is your stock certificate in the equity of your Children's