|Can the Beast of
Terror be leashed? Can he be fed and contained in a pen?
What happens when we turn our backs on his pen? Will he bite us?
Will he turn and eat our children when we look away? Find
1, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 507
Biting The Hand That Feeds Vigilance Over Terrorism
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Feb. 1--They say
that one day the wild beast will bite the hands that feeds it.
It is the nature of wild things not to be tamed. It is
axiomatic that they will, given the chance, rip out their captor's
Can the Beast
of Terror be tamed? ...or will it continue to bite the hand that
So it follows the Beast of
Terror will snarl and flash his teeth at those who try to turn him
into a civilized creature. This knowledge often turns the
civilized world away from trying to tame Beasts, for history has been
cruel and indelibly reminds the civilized world that taming Beasts is
not worth the carnage.
Some view Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Kim Jong Il
of North Korea as wild untamable Beasts, better left alone as long as
they are not off their leashes, not running feral into other
neighborhoods. As long as the despots are contained in
their own borders, and watched so they do not break the lines between
their world and the civilized world, the rest of the world's
population feels safe and secure--at least, for the moment.
So when the Wild Beast Catcher comes along and
suggests driving into the wilderness to ferret out the Beast of
Terror, civilization rages, beats its chest in admonishment of the
Beast Catcher, shouting at him not to disturb the Sleeping Dragon who,
when awakened, might hurl his noxious breath across his borders, or
send the packs of wild Beasts he commands to attack the Complacent who
would rather turn their backs on the Beast's presence than anger and
incite him to violence.
Why would one wake a sleeping wolverine?
But then there are those who know the
wolverine never sleeps. It is hungry all the time.
It thinks, eats and breathes food to expand its power. Like the
shark endlessly swimming the oceans for things to bite and chew so it
can grow bigger and stronger, the wolverine only takes short cat naps
with one eye opened as it plots and plans its next move, its next
target of opportunity that will make it stronger, more powerful than
any could imagine.
Saddam and Kim
amassing weapons and Fear
Some, a few, say
Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il are like the wolverine.
That they sleep with one eye open, their minds sniffing the winds for
scents of new power and inventive ways to expand their power over
others so they might rule by threat and Intimidation, and build enough
Fear in others that they dare not cross the borders toward their lairs
for fear of unleashing the rabid madness of their intents to dominate
all who challenge them.
Europe wants to avoid wakening the Beast of
Terror in Iraq and North Korea. It wants everything to
remain as it is, so long as Saddam and Kim both stay within their
respective borders. The Europeans do not want a preemptive
strike on the lairs of the known Beasts of Terror.. They
do not want to risk engaging the Beast of Terror's wrath.
Time Magazine's Europe edition recently
conducted an Internet poll on the issue. The question was
presented in the following words: "Which country poses the
greatest threat to world peace in 2003?"
Three choices were given--1. North Korea, 2. Iraq, 3.
Despite the rumblings in North Korea over Kim Jong Il's
manufacturing of nuclear weapons, or the refusal of Saddam Hussein to
comply with U.N. weapons inspectors, 84.3% of the 324,366 responses
chose the United States. A meager 7.3% chose North Korea, and an
almost equal amount, 8.4% elected Iraq as the most "dangerous global
threat in 2003."
The poll was not
scientific. It was conducted on the Internet where one
person might spend a whole evening angrily punching in the U.S.
At the bottom of the poll was this disclaimer from Time:
"This is an unscientific informal survey for the interest and
users and may not be indicative of popular opinion."
More scientific polls illustrate that the
"unscientific" one conducted by Time is not far off the mark.
Below are a number of polls reported by MSNBC illustrating the
opinions of Europeans on the impending U.S. led war against Iraq.
But what should
the pole be asking to get a true picture of the threats imposed by
rogue nations who brew weapons of mass destruction with only one
ultimate intent--to use them as bargaining chips for expanding power
through Intimidation and Fear?
What if the question was presented slightly
differently, as in the following manner:
"Which nation poses the greatest global
threat to the future security and safety of the Children's Children's
I find it ironic and disheartening
that nations find solace in their present security, often at the
expense of their children's security. Or their grandchildren's.
It was just a generation and a half
ago that Europe was trampled by Hitler's massing of weapons of
destruction. The world turned its head to his growing arms
and his hunger for power.
As long as he stayed inside
Germany, and "promised" to not cross the line, everyone sighed in deep
relief. They went about "business as usual" and turned
their heads away from the Dragon's Breath hissing and fuming as it
energized its planes and tanks, and began its search for nuclear
weapon manufacturing. History has suggested numerous time that
had the war gone the other way, Hitler might have been the first to
use nuclear power in a destructive show of power.
Clearly two-thirds of Europe is against the
United States conducting any preemptive assaults on Iraq.
Part of that viewpoint is based on the idea that the United States has
no business acting unilaterally, and angers those who believe that
unanimity if more important than unilateralism.
But is Europe looking only at the
selfishness of the present, and blinding itself to the reality of the
Would the Parents of Vigilance in
Europe truly believe that the future security of their grandchildren
and great grandchildren is put more at risk by the United States'
desire to quash Saddam Hussein than allowing Saddam and his sons to
continue building their weapons of mass destruction?
Perhaps Europeans forget that Saddam kicked
out the weapons inspectors for one clear and obvious reason--so that
he could continue to build them.
Perhaps Europeans forget that Saddam wants
one United Arabic Community of which he is the king.
Perhaps Europeans forget the sounds of
storm troopers boot heels slapping down the cobblestones of their
streets, or their citizens being lined up against walls and shot.
All because they
chose to turn their heads once, not too long ago, and rather than take
action to stop the Beast of Terror, chose to be Intimidated by him.
Time does not heal all wounds.
Time widens them.
If Saddam and Kim are students of
history and read the polls, they will see a world that has turned the
United States into the Beast of Terror by popular opinion.
The Beasts of Terror laugh at the
people who vote that the U.S. is the greatest threat to world security
in 2003. They laugh because the date is humorous. Evil
intent knows no time. It is timeless.
The Beast of Terror will wait until
the Beast Catchers are driven out of their land by Complacency.
They will wait until those who oppose war against the Beast sink back
into their couches and smugly say to one another, "We sure did tell
the U.S. a thing or two. We sure did drive those imperialists
out of our neighborhood. What gall they have to march in and try
to tame our Beast of Terror. Why, we know what's best for us.
Who do they think they are anyway? "
There are many ways to define the turning of one's head
from any problem, and many justifications for its righteousness.
But, if the truth is known, it is that Beasts bit
the hands that feed them. It is that Beasts wait at the
end of their leash for their keepers to go to sleep, to lay smug in
the false belief that they know more than the Beast Catcher.
led the charge and spilled the blood of its citizens
to rid the world of Beasts of Terror
traveled all over the world spilling its citizens blood
to capture and contain Beasts of Terror. It has
led the charge against the worst of the worst, when others
in distant lands have been threatened or imprisoned by
the Beast. Each time, America has buried the
Beast those for whom it was liberated spat back in America's
face, resentful that it saved them from the destruction
of foreign assault.
Not much has changed.
Europe is biting today
the hand that freed it.
Hopefully, the U.S. will
not turn away and let the fangs of Complacency sour its
desire to keep them safe once again.
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