What happens when two Terrorist groups disagree on inflicting
Terrorism upon others? Does it suggest that
Terrorism is developing a conscience? That maybe it
is evolving from the primordial ooze of senseless death and
destruction to a higher plane? And, how does
that affect us, the average person? Does it awaken us to the
danger that we may be eating our children and not knowing it?
Saturday, February 21,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 892
Are Terrorists Eating Their Own Young
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Feb 21, 2004 -- There's a line in
the Mafia movie, Prizzi's Honor, that goes: "The Prizzi's would
rather eat their young than lose money."
The quote puts priorities
where they are--at least for some who are proud of elevating money
above a child's welfare. It also suggests Terrorism may be
eating its own children.
The NY Times
today reported the rift between two Terrorist groups operating in
Iraq. It seems one asked the other to help maim, murder
and Terrorize the Muslims, an effort to induce more riots and anti-American
Al Qaeda was
approached by Ansar al Islam ...
attack Shiite Muslims
Al Qaeda was
approached by Ansar al Islam to help attack Shiite Muslims. Al
Qaeda has avoided attacks on fellow Muslims. According to
the Times the " tactic is intended to ignite sectarian clashes
inside Iraq and, ultimately, indirectly enlist more Iraqi Sunnis in a
campaign aimed at ousting American forces. Quoting the letter
between Ansar and Al Qaeda, the Terrorist goal was spelled out:
"Some people will say that this will be a reckless and irresponsible
action that will bring the Islamic nation to a battle for which the
Islamic nation is unprepared," the letter said. "Souls will perish and
blood will be spilled. This is, however, exactly what we want."
Ansar's request was rejected.
It seems that Terrorism
for Terrorism's sake has limits. Al Qaeda may not be
willing to "eat its children" in favor of earning a "Terrorism buck."
That doesn't suggest, however,
any compassion or compunction on the part of Terrorism overall.
It is unconscionable, by
Malkovich's Ripley said he had no conscience but did he?
Yesterday, for example,
my wife and I went to Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater to catch a
viewing of John Malkovich in the independent movie, "Ripley's Game."
Malkovich is a cold ruthless killer who performs executions like a
chef preparing a great feast for a nationally televised audience.
He does it with
In a scene with a
neophyte he is mentoring on how to kill for "fun and profit" he turns
to the man who is upset over his ability to kill ( Dougray Scott; good
facing evil) and says: "I am unlike you. I have no
conscience. I never had one. As a child, I never
wondered about good or bad, right or wrong. I did what needed to
be done and moved on."
could easily see John Malkovich eating his children.
There's just something about that guy!
bin Laden fits that child-eating die. But, as the head of
Al Qaeda, he, or his representatives, refused to join in on the
maiming and murdering of Shiite Muslims.
makes one wonder: Will Terrorists eat their own children?
we treat child abusers the wrong way. Perhaps we should
gather all the child abusers up and shove them into one room.
Perhaps the pathology of the sum of the room will turn the predators
Terrorism becomes more segmented, more defined and refined into
various "causes," it begins to lose its "unconscionable nature," it
begins to develop a character, a personality that no longer is seeking
to just issue Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, but to surgically
issue it to some while avoiding contaminating others.
develop a conscience?
political. It develops a conscience. "Sorry, our
Terrorists can only Terrorize people in these categories!"
We tend to
think of Terrorists in a group, madmen and madwomen bent on senseless
destruction that results in Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
The recent suicide bombing of the Russian subway serves as an example.
has yet taken official credit for the bombing, although there is
little doubt among Russian authority's that it was birthed in
Terrorism, like any organism, evolves.
The mean, brutal kid who likes to torture defenseless animals and set
fires, may grow into a nice guy. He may also become a brutal
father, ruling by Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
The nice person who tries to do everything right may find life
trouncing them. At every corner they may get hammered by
reality, and turn bitter, snarling and biting every hand that tries to
Then, there is the chance that the hard-core Terrorist who would eat
his or her children in a blink, decides one day to have compassion.
"Nope, not going to kill my fellow Muslims. No way, Jose."
And, there may be a chance that Al Qaeda might even turn and fight its
sister Terrorist group, Ansar al Islam. That would be
ironic. A Terrorist Sentinel of Vigilance fighting a Terrorist
Beast of Terror.
If the internal battle of Terror forces in Iraq is a precursor of
things to come, we might well step back and ask ourselves: "What
am I doing to keep my Beast of Terror from evolving at a greater rate
than my Sentinel of Vigilance?"
What we don't realize is that we might be eating our children each day
and not be aware of it. We may not be eating
them all in one sitting, but, sporadically we may be chewing chunks
out of them.
we eat chunks of our children?
Say we come home from work and our kids want to wrestle, or play and
we're "too tired" and push them away. Do we "eat a chunk
Say our kids want us to
listen to their "babble" and that's all we hear, "their babble" so we
yell, "Shut up!" or, "Be Quiet," and make them feel like they have
intruded on our lives, and our walls of silence are more important
than their thirst to communicate--have we ripped chunks of their flesh
and spat them out?
something's disturbing your children, and you always know it, are you
eager to sit down quietly and build the bridge of trust with the child
so he or she will share the deepest secrets? Or, do you
shy away from the inner depths of the child, and in so doing, take
another bite out of your child's sense of inner security?
You can apply this formulation to your interpersonal relations, and,
to yourself. When you beat yourself up over things you
haven't done, or wished you hadn't done, or thought you should have
done, aren't you eating yourself?
Vigilance is about learning to spit out what we have bitten of
ourselves and others. It is about not eating our
children--those around us and ourselves.
It isn't easy to not turn on someone or something and use it as the
whipping post for what ails us. It doesn't take any
Courage, Conviction or Right Actions for future Generations to extend
the index finger and blame the world.
Perhaps we can
become better Sentinels of Vigilance and less potential Beasts of
It takes a lot Courage, Conviction and Right Actions to realize the
finger that points out has four fingers pointing back.
We all need to learn to not eat our children--the Children of
We need to learn how to turn Fear into Courage, Intimidation into
Conviction and Complacency into Right Action.
It isn't that hard.
In a way, Al Qaeda has done it. It turned its back on a
ripe opportunity to "waste human life" at the expense of Americans.
It decided the price of attacking its own to get to Americans wasn't
worth it. Seemingly there a presence of a "conscience"
within Al Qaeda?"
Then, there is the beautifully morbidly funny movie, Ripley's Game.
In it, there is a change in the main character. He may end
up with the twinge of a conscience. Each viewer will have
to decide that.
And us? We? Me? You? They?
Maybe we eat our children and don't know it. Maybe we
haven't posed that question. Maybe we do have blind spots
that can be healed.
Maybe we can become better Sentinels of Vigilance and less potential
Beasts of Terror.
We can only assure that will happen if we take the Pledge of
Vigilance, and, go to see Ripley's Game.
Feb 20--Terrorize Culture: Kill History