11, 2002—Ground Zero Plus 153
The Miracle (s) Of Nine Eleven
Conceptions Of Life In The Face
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City--There is life after death.
It comes in the form of new children. It is the legacy of human
evolution--the purpose for our existence--to grow, to expand, to explore
the universe of thought and imagination. To find peace in a world
laced with Terrorism.
Today is the 153rd day after Ground
Zero. In real time it is 154 days since the first
Terrorist plane smashed into the World Trade Center North Tower at 8:46
a.m.--an attack heard around the world. Since the War of 1812,
America has been free of foreign invaders attacking its mainland
Unfortunately, death is part of
life--it is its handmaiden, its denouement. Nature automatically
replaces that which is lost. The tree's broken limb grows a
new one, the trampled plant issues its seed despite being crushed so
its children can grow again in the
New Season of Life. The cities of Dresden and Hiroshima rebuild
themselves after World War II. An abused child heals the
emotional scar tissue through love and therapy, struggling to avoid
transmitting its horror onto his or her own children.
While death takes, life gives. Around the world,
millions of babies are being
conceived as I write these words. Seeds are being
fertilized in the wombs of mothers of all races, religions, creeds.
Some mothers live in total luxury in regal skyscrapers overlooking Central
others struggle in impoverished
villages in dusty, fly-infested huts where just outside children starve to death before
they have a chance to live.
This is the yin and yang of life, even if
we don't like its reflection. Life
replaces death, regardless of the ease or hardships of its offspring.
Nine Eleven was no different in that
respect. Except for one important note. The children
conceived in the aftermath were Miracles of Vigilance--at least, I believe
One of those Nine Eleven conceptions is my
grandson or granddaughter. My older daughter and her husband
conceived a child immediately following September 11, or on that date.
Her pregnancy is
aligned with the days following the attack.
Based on the birthrate published by the U.S.
government of 14.2 births per 1000 population, 11,672 Miracles of
Vigilance were conceived that day. For "numbers people" I took the
annual births of 3,947,600 and reduced it by 25% to account for a
nine-month pregnancy. That left 2,960,700 net nine-month births.
I divided this "nine-month-birth-cycle" by 365 days to average out the
conceptions per day.
If any of you number crunchers are double checking me,
you'll find I'm off by 3,561 births. The reason is simple math
and moral consternation. Annually, Americans abort 1.3 million
children. If you do the math, America had 11,672 conceptions
on September 11, but only 8,111 will be born. The 3,561 will
never have a chance at life.
Even though the aborted children will not statistically
make it into the record books as a "live birth," or as a statistical
"Miracle of Vigilance," I will remember them. They will have died as
heroically, and perhaps more so, than those in the World Trade Center.
Hopefully, so will others. The 3,561 abortions conducted on
September 11, 2001, rivals the number of lives lost in the holocaust at
the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Realistically, the
"Victims of Terrorism" should be doubled. Not only did
Al-Qaeda kill our citizens, but we also turned our heads as thousands of
our own were sucked down a tube for a variety of reasons, none of which
makes any sense to Mother Nature.
The 8,111 children who will statistically
be born nine months after September 11 will not only be charged with
symbolizing a great tragedy in American history by the attack of the
Terrorists, but they will have 3,561 others to mourn for--their other
"seeds of Vigilance" which never sprouted, who were attacked by the "right
to kill one's offspring."
Terrorism comes in many forms and shapes.
Some we laud as "individual rights" others we admonish as acts of the
I prefer not to think of the aborted children on
that day. It is easier for me to praise the glory of those who will
be born than to feel the sadness and waste of those who were destroyed on
the whim of a parent, and the acquiescence of a society that has devalued
life by legalizing its termination.
I have a grandson or granddaughter gestating in the
womb of my daughter. It is swimming in amniotic fluid, receiving
blood and nutrients and shaping its body so it can "make a difference" in
a world often smothered by "indifference"--to the cruel and senseless
taking of life on a personal, political, or religious whim.
Abortion frustrates me. Our headlines blare
the "war news" of our "hunt for bin Laden" as though he were the only
Terrorist or symbol of Terrorism in the world. We hold up the victims of
Nine Eleven as we might the Holy Grail, justifying the use of America's
might to smash those who dared to kill our 3,500 adults on September 11,
while each day that passes as we hunt down bin Laden, an equal number of
future U.S. citizens are stripped of their life without a blink, a nod, a
grimace, a whimper of our nation's conscience to fight for them.
While the President of the United States attends
funerals for the fallen of September 11, he avoids the unmarked graves of
the aborted babies whose full-grown bodies would fill the hole left at the
World Trade Center in less than a year.
No matter how hard we ignore their deaths,
they must be counted as victims of the tragedy of September 11.
Their removal from the earth is nothing more than a civilized act of
Terrorism, not unlike the uncivilized act of Terrorism performed by those
Terrorists who smashed their planes into the heart and soul of America in
New York City and Washington D.C..
I want my Miracle of Vigilance Grandchild
to know he or she was a gift of Nine Eleven. I want him or her to
know there is some powerful reason for the birth of 8,110 other Miracles
of Vigilance conceived that same day, and, that there was no reason for
the death of 3,561 others who could have been given life but for a law
which sanctions the killing of innocent children--a law which Nature
herself abhors because it violates the principle of growth and replacement
and survival of a species--they were never given the right to live.
I do not side with religion or politics on
this issue, only with Mother Nature. Were she for the
arbitrary killing of life before it was born, I would have no argument
with abortion. But she doesn't condone genocide. She
supports the struggle for life, not the ease of death. Her mission
is to keep life growing, evolving, adapting, expanding, replacing itself.
Perhaps I am emotionally connected to new
life because I placed my hand on my daughter's tummy the other evening to
feel the life within. I looked at the sonogram of her child
sucking its thumb in her womb. I saw the Miracle of Life's
face. I felt the Miracle of Vigilance speaking through my
Sonogram of my
grandchild, 154 days old
In the womb of my daughter, and the
other thousands of mothers who conceived that horrible day of September
11, beats the heart of America's future. While all children are
precious, these 8,111 Children Of Nine Eleven will have an added gift upon
their birth. They will be born as symbols of Vigilance,
special reminders to us all of the need to fight our fears with courage,
our intimidations with convictions, our complacencies with action.
They are not alone.
On the other side of the world,
Afghanistan women will also be bearing Miracles of Vigilance.
While America has ten times the population of Afghanistan, it doesn't have
a lock on Miracles.
In that country, nine months from
now, 3,063 children will be born by Afghan mothers.
Afghanistan has a reported 1.2 million births per year at a rate 41.4
births per 1,000 population--nearly three times the birth rate of America.
Afghan children, as our own, will replace
the dead. Annually, Afghan's death rate is 17.72 per 1,000
population, not quite twice as high as America's 8.7 per 1,000 population.
478,440 will die, not including any additional due to the bombing and war
currently being fought. On major difference between the U.S. and
Afghanistan is the life span. For the U.S. its nearly 74 for men and
80 for women; for the Afghan's it is 47 for men and 45 women.
Infant mortality, however, will claim many of the
children. In America, our infant mortality is .0066 per 1,000
live births, or just a bit more than a half a percent of all live births.
Afghanistan's is 22 times that of the U.S., 147.02 per 1,000 live births.
Whether Afghan children will grow up to be
Miracles of Vigilance or Terrorism is yet to be decided. They
will have a choice. All children have choices. It
is part of Mother Nature's architecture to offer a child the right to "go
with the flow" or "swim against the current." On both
sides of the world, one or more of the Nine Eleven Children may become
great leaders of peace and unity, or advocates of violence and
destruction. Only time and the cast of the dice can
predict that final outcome. But all have a chance because they were
born. The aborted have not choice. Pregnant mothers killed in
bomb blasts or by mines, have no choice.
Regardless of the parents political,
social, economic or religious convictions, a child is born with pure
innocence. Circumstances shape its behavior, beliefs and
convictions. But in the final analysis, an individual chooses either
to act for the good of humanity or as its agent of destruction.
I hope my granddaughter or grandson
recognizes that he or she was not alone on the Day of Conception,
September 11. I hope he or she has the wisdom to see beyond
his or her race, culture and creed to the great expanse of a world that
needs more people carrying the Shield of Vigilance than the Sword of
To reinforce this wish, I'm going to put my head
on my daughter's tummy and press my ear against her womb in hopes I can
hear the child's heartbeat. Then I'm going to whisper softly--Semper
Vigilantes--Semper Vigilantes--Always Vigilant--Always Vigilant--and
hope the words find a home in the child's heart, and in all children's
hearts who conceived that day, and all those conceived from that day
To Diary--Feb.10--Collateral Damage--A Non-Terrorism Movie--Blahhh!
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