Is Saddam Hussein a merchant of Terrorism or Tyranny? What is
the difference? Can Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein be
lumped into the same frying pan and fried for being Terrorists who
threaten our citizens, our children? What if Saddam was merely a
Tyrant? Would we want to attack him with the same vengeance we
would Osama bin Laden? And, what happens when we cower to
Terrorism? Do we move forward or backward in our War
against the Beast of Terror?
13, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 519
Missiles In The Haystack vs.
Duct Tape And Plastic Sheets
A Question of Terrorism vs.
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Feb. 13--While U.N.
weapons inspectors are searching for illegal missiles in Iraq's
haystack of storage supplies, Americans are hunting down duct tape and
plastic sheets to protect against threatened Terrorist attacks.
The game of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency is charging forward at top speed. But it's not
caused by Saddam Hussein. It's the work of Osama bin Laden.
In a new development, the U.N. weapons
inspection team confirmed Iraq was in violation of Resolution 1441 by
harboring Al Samoud 2 missiles with a range of 114 miles.
Any missile with a range of more than 90 miles was supposed to be
destroyed under the agreement with the U.N.
The United States has
insisted that Iraq has violated the tenants of Resolution 1441 by
forcing the U.N. inspectors to "find needles in the haystack."
America claims Saddam Hussein is playing a "cat and mouse" game,
turning the U.N. into a "weapons hunting team" rather than confirming
that Iraq has destroyed weapons.
Critics of America's "rush to war" such as
Russia say that Iraq disclosed the missiles but just didn't destroy
them. The Russian spokesman says it is a sign of cooperation by
Iraq, not another reason to go to war.
The world, it seems, is doing its
best to keep America from attacking Iraq on the grounds it is a
"Terrorist Nation" that harbors threats to the United States.
Osama bin Laden's recent audio tapes are helping prove the difference
between a Terrorist and a Tyrant.
Tyrants rule real estate.
Terrorists rule people minds.
It isn't Saddam Hussein who is
driving Americans to buy thousands of miles of duct tape to seal
windows, and millions and yards of plastic to protect their bodies
from exposure in case of a biochemical Terrorist attack. It's
the bearded one, the guy without a country that set America into a
state of shock. . It's the skinny guy with the scraggly
beard who lives in the dark shadows of caves, who slinks about
in the shadows, popping up here and there to spew venom and hatred
into the air, then submerging again so the radar can't find him, who
has hurled the spears of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into 300
In today's news a mother went
so far as to write a final letter to her children in case she was
killed, telling them: "Mommy is dead, but mommy loves you."
Others are less concerned
and fall into the Complacent sector of Terrorism's formula.
One man said he wasn't worried, and would get a fine bottle of wine
and drink it slowly if something happened. Another, a carpet
layer in New York City, said the scare was just the government's way
of covering itself, and didn't think the high alert was anything more
than Chicken Little screaming "the sky is falling."
over the Osama Tapes and the Iraqi invasion force one to divide the
two issues and examine them for what they are--Tyranny versus
In a single
wave of the hand, citizens of the United States, especially those in
New York City and Washington D.C., are experiencing all the viruses of
Terrorism at once--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
As a Terror Hunter, I see the Duct
Tape Syndrome as a failing of our understanding about Terrorism's
difference with Tyranny. It makes me wonder why we attribute the
word "Terrorist" to Saddam Hussein.
Saddam Hussein is a Tyrant not a
Hussein's goal is to be "King OIL"
His goal is
to rule the Middle East, to become lord over the Arab World, King of
the oil fields.
He ultimately has no quarrel with the
citizens of America. He's not interested in sending suicide
squads to New York City or Los Angeles and blowing up innocent people
in subways or releasing dirty nuclear bombs. That's the domain
of the Terrorists--small bands of outlaws who, like homeless bullies,
want to thump their chests in victory over the weak and vulnerable.
Saddam is simply a power merchant not
a Terror merchant. He wants to squeeze as much power out of his
domain as possible. He has no reason to reach out thousands of
miles away to another culture and grab it by the throat.
He has enough trouble keeping his own borders protected from his
neighbors who consider him a bull in a china closet, roaring to take
over as much land and power around him as possible. And, he has
enough dissidents in his own country to keep him sleeping in a
different bed every night for fear he will be assassinated not by the
C.I.A., but from one of his own people or a "Brother Arab Nation" who
doesn't like the fact Saddam's stated goal is unify the Arab world.
Saddam wants a throne, not martyrdom.
He doesn't rule under religious
dogma. He's a secular humanist when it comes to ruling his land.
He uses tyranny to oppress dissent.
Tyranny is forcing someone to do
something against their will. A tyrant rules in a police state,
and usually fills his prisons and graveyards with those who oppose
him. He or she acts with a sledgehammer against all opposition.
When Saddam gassed to death 5,000 Kurdish dissidents in a village, he
exercised his power as a tyrant to oppress his people into
subservience. He is guilty of ordering tortures,
intimidations, religious suppression, amputations and death penalties
to punish opponents and deter opposition.
When he released tens
of thousands of inmates a number of months ago from Iraqi prisons, it
was to prove to the world he wasn't a "real tyrant," and to gain
sympathy that he was "subject to change." He wants to be known
as a benevolent "tyrant." His plans for tyranny don't
extend beyond his thirst to rule the Middle East--at least, not yet.
He hasn't formed squads of suicide
bombers to attack America or any other nation. And, he
hates Osama bin Laden because Osama wants to rule the Middle East too,
but not with Tyranny. Osama wants to use Terrorism to achieve
his goal, and seeks to rule Islam from a religious vista, cutting off
all contact with the West. Saddam wants the West's money, its
cigars, its fine wines, its vehicles, its technology.
Osama wants only the blood of the West.
Saddam is simply a real estate broker--a
land tyrant, willing to kill 5,000 Kurds (his own citizens) to show
all who oppose him the lengths he'll go to retain control of Iraq.
This isn't Terrorism. This is tyranny.
On the other hand, Osama bin Laden owns no
He owns air.
His feet are his nation, for wherever he
moves, his state moves with him.
His state is all in his head. It is a
world of religious fanaticism where Islamic fundamentalism has all
power and retreats from the "civilized world" into ancient principles
Osama is a self-appointed martyr.
Unlike Hussein who kills to seek control,
Osama kills for the pleasure of creating Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency. He kills to awaken the Beast of Terror in his
victims, and their children, and their Children's Children's Children.
Osama is one
of the best of Beasts
and maims to exercise power over the weak. He attacks his
victim's primal fear--survival. He kills to rule the mind, to
drive his victims into states of emotional frenzy, huddling in fear
over the presence of his shadow. He revels in the fact his audio
tapes has set off so much Fear in America that duct tape sales soar,
and people write death statements to their children.
Tyrants kill and maim to rule terra firma.
They believe in possessing the land, amassing large numbers of people
and real estate that they can fortress against attack from the outside
Terrorists kill and maim to rule the
psyche, to prove to those who think they are strong that they are
weak, vulnerable, unable to protect themselves or their children from
the Beast of Terror..
A Terrorist seeks to capture a person's
"soul" by spinning a web of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency around
it so that it immobilizes the victim and drives him or her to write a
final letter to his or her child, or to the Tru-Value hardware store
to buy the last roll of duct tape and hopefully a plastic sheet, or to
slump reluctantly into an oversized armchair with a bottle of wine and
drink oneself into Complacent death.
The territory a Terrorist seeks to control is the
five-billion brain cells in the mind of each American citizen.
Saddam Hussein could care less what American's
His target is the Middle East. It has
always been his target.
Osama, and Terrorists like him, are far more
vicious. They are like child molesters who rob the
innocence of the mind and install in it the ugliness of Fear,
Intimidation and a sense of powerlessness over their lives that leads
spins webs of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency over us
If Americans wonder why the
polls have drooped in support of President Bush's rush to attack Iraq
on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is a Terrorist, it is because
Saddam is not a Terrorist. He's a Tyrant.
Intuitively, people know that Iraq does not present a
"clear and present danger" to the children of America. At least,
not yet. The inability of the Administration to find
direct links between al-Qaeda and Iraq are the result of Saddam's
revulsion for Osama bin Laden and the conflict between a Tyrant and a
Saddam, a businessman, sees no gain in Terrorism.
There is no real estate to garner after a victorious suicide bombing,
and no prizes to conquer after an anthrax scare. All Terror
attacks do is sate some perverted sense of power over being able to
make people afraid. There is no net profit in Terrorism.
Tyranny, on the other hand, offers profit.
If Saddam is successful in capturing the real estate of another by
driving his tanks into their land and occupying the territory, he
gains control. He wins real estate and all the rights that
go with it.
Americans understand this.
Saddam is so far distant from Osama bin Laden
that few can logically put them in the same class. If they
were in the same room together, each would try to kill the other
because they represent total opposing points of view--one secular, the
There is little doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein
went into a rage when the Osama Tapes were released. The last
thing he wants is a link between his Tyrannical leadership and Osama's
Terroristic leadership. No two could be farther apart
ideologically or strategically.
Yet the Administration is trying to make the
Osama Tapes a bridge between the brotherhood of Osama and Saddam.
That's a giant mistake, as has been the attack on Iraq as a Terrorist
Duping the American public into thinking that
Saddam Hussein is a Terrorist fractures the credibility of the U.S.
stand against Saddam Hussein. If we're going to attack
Iraq, it should be because Iraq is a despotic nation that violates the
rights of it citizens, and, that it has the potential of selling
weapons of mass destruction to Terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, or
anyone who is willing to pay for them.
Let there be no doubt Saddam Hussein, as would
Kim Jong Il, turn his weapons into profit. But, the
priority for both leaders is not to "export Terrorism."
Terrorism disrupts the world's economy, and both are businessmen.
Both realize that unless there is a place to sell and trade their
nation's wares, they lose. Economic power goes
hand-in-hand with Tyranny, and the Western World is the great source
of cash flow for Tyrants.
Terrorists don't care about the world
economy. The more disrupted it is, the better they feel.
Since Terrorism seeks to reverse civilization and throw it back into
the Stone Age where fundamentalism becomes the rule and freedom the
exception, blowing up all the financial centers in the world plays
directly to the goal of crippling society's advancement.
Tyrants oppose such a strategy because they
like to drive nice cars, fly in expensive planes, drink fine wines and
champagne, eat delicacies from around the word, and fill Swiss banks
with cash they skim off the top of their spoils.
economic sanctions are used as weapons against them.
Depriving tyrants to access the world's fruits starves them into
submission. Their greed for "nice things" often quenches
their lust to oppress, or, at leas diminishes it.
Terrorists can't be bought off.
They can't be sanctioned. They can't be embargoed. They
can only be killed, for they are cancerous, eating up the good and
leaving only waste. They have no profit goals.
Killing Americans is not within the
privy of Tyrants such as Saddam Hussein. He needs duct tape in
his own country. To kill the people who make it and ship it to
him is counterproductive.
But to a Terrorist, nothing is more
gleeful than for them to figure out how many rolls of duct tape have
been sold and how many people fearfully are taping their windows with
Terrorists cheer when people run like
scared rabbits. They jump for joy when the stock market dips.
They do cartwheels when they see their cause linked with Iraq because
it legitimizes their goal of making the West think Terrorism is
everywhere when it is nowhere but in our minds.
I think it is time we divided the
Terrorism table into proper settings. I think we need to call a
spade a spade and refer to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il as Tyrants
We need to reshape our thinking about where
we as individuals stand on the two issues--how we think and act
against a Tyrant and how we think and act against a Terrorist.
Lumping Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il into
the same frying pan as Osama bin Laden is a mistake. It gives
Terrorism far too much power and blinds us of our real duty to fight
Terrorism must be fought in our thoughts,
not on the battlefields of Iraq or North Korea.
Those are battlefields against Tyranny and
Oppression of people, not battlefields against Terrorism.
North Koreans and Iraqis did not attack
America. Terrorists did, non-national shadows from caves
flew those planes. There were men without countries, anonymous
merchants of horror who died as martyrs for their cause which was
simply an act of Bullyism against America, not an act of Tyranny.
To fight Terrorism we must arm ourselves
not with rifles and bullets and jet fighters and thousands of young
men and women on battlefields in Iraq or North Korea, but with
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for the Children's Children's
of Terrorism is to engage the Beast of Terror in our minds
We must recognize
that Terrorism's goal is to engage our Beast of Terror in our minds,
to unleash it so that our Fear cripples us to rush to the store and
buy duct tape to secure our window, and Intimidation forces us to buy
pieces of plastic to shroud ourselves in a thin wall of protection
from biochemicals, and Complacency makes us feel powerless over
fighting our Fear and Intimidation and makes us sit in a chair
drinking wine waiting for the sky to fall when we could be rallying
support for people to sign the Pledge of Vigilance and stand up for
the Children's Children's Children rights.
Osama bin Laden has proven once more
our inept Internal Security to fight Terrorism.
Just a few threats from him drives us
into a frenzy.
It validates our lack of Courage,
Conviction and ability to take the Right Actions for the Children's
Children's Children, for if we were true Parents of Vigilance, we
would not write our children death notes.
Instead, we would write a letter such as
|My Dearest Children,
your mommy. I may have been killed in my battle with
the Beast of Terror, but I want you to know I am still alive and
well. I am now a Spirit of Vigilance, a Sentinel of
Vigilance, looking out for you and your children, and their
children's children's safety and security.
As a Mother of Vigilance, I chose to
stand up to Terrorism. I chose to use my Courage to face
my Fear of it. I challenged the Beast of Terror to a
battle which I lost, but the Beast was not victorious. In
the end, the Beast lost because I was not afraid of him.
You see, my children, the Beast of
Terror wants us all to be afraid of the unknown. It
wants us to hide and tape our windows and cower in the corner
until the storms pass. It wants to enslave us so
each time it threatens us we will run away, as we might from any
I chose not to run. I
held hands with other Mothers and Fathers of Vigilance as the
Beast of Terror roared and screamed and showed us his ugly fangs
and terrible claws. I wasn't afraid of him, my
children, because I was thinking of you and your children, and
their children's children's children. I knew that if I ran
from him, if I was afraid of the Beast, it would be a terrible
lesson to you and your children. If your mother was
afraid of the Beast, then you might be also. Then none of
the children would be safe.
So I stood in front of the
Beast with many others. We held up our Shields of
Vigilance made with Courage, Conviction and Right Actions.
We told the Beast of Terror he could not have our children, that
he couldn't enslave them. We told him we were teaching our
children how to be Sentinels of Vigilance, how to have at least
One Percent more Courage than Fear, and One Percent more
Conviction than Intimidation, and One Percent more Right Actions
The Beast snarled at us.
We shoved him back.
He charged. We
shoved him back again and again.
All the time I was
fighting the Beast of Terror, I thought of how proud I was of
you, my children. I thought of how courageous you
would be in the dark when the Beast of Terror tried to scare
you, or make you feel less than, or not as smart as, or not as
worthy as others. I felt so much pride knowing that you
would stand up to him, as your mother did, and shoo him away and
tell him you were not afraid, and be committed to that belief
not just for yourself, but also for your children and their
We were winning the battle, my
darlings, until Complacency set in among some of the Sentinels
of Vigilance. They began to feel powerless over the Beast.
They cried out the Beast was stronger than they and their knees
It was sad, my dearest ones, to
see people let the Beast of Terror take over their resolve.
I felt such sorrow for them as they began to whimper and cry and
then began to run and hide from the Beast, leaving us fewer and
fewer to fight the attacks.
Sadly, the Beast took us.
But none of us still resolute gave up even in the last breath.
We fought to the death, my darlings, like Spartans.
You would have been so proud of your mother.
Now, I have joined the Celestial Sentinels of Vigilance family.
We are up in the sky, hovering overhead, watching for the
We call upon you, my children, to
pick up the Swords and Shields of Vigilance we left behind and
bear arms against the Beast of Terror within you so that he
cannot grow and take control of your Courage, Conviction or
Right Actions in behalf of the Children's Children's Children.
I call upon you, my dearest
ones, as your Mother of Vigilance, to protect not just
yourselves but all children of all time from Fear, Intimidation
And, I want you to know that I am
here--a star twinkling above a night. A ray of
sunshine warming your heart in the day. A drop of rain
coursing down your cheek, or a snowflake fluttering before your
eyes. I am your Mother of Vigilance, reminding you,
my children, to never let the Beast of Terror far from your
sight. Keep him leashed and controlled, my darling ones,
for my death will not then have been in vain, but will have been
an act of Vigilance for you and your Children's Children's
May you be Semper Vigilantes...
With all my love, your Mother (Mommy)
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