Article Overview:    On February 26, 1993, six people died when Terrorists attempted to blow up the World Trade Center.   Eight years later another group was successful.    What happened in the eight years between the first unsuccessful and the second successful attack?   Did America tire of Vigilance and slip into a state of Complacency?    And, is that beginning to happen again as we tire of the War On Terrorism?   What can we do to "never forget!"?


Friday, February 27, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 898
A Moment Of Silence For World Trade Center Victims

Cliff McKenzie

         GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Feb 27, 2004 -- The attack on the World Trade Center at eight in the morning on September 11, 2001 wasn't the first time Terrorists sought to shatter the confidence of American security.      

The memorial to the victims of the first WTC attack in 1993 was destroyed in the 2001 attack

          On February 26, 1993, an attempt was made to topple the building through explosives packed in a van and parked in the basement.   The explosion caused the death of six people.  An estimated 1,000 sustained injuries, mostly from smoke inhalation.
           Eight years later another attempt would be made to cripple the buildings, and this one would be horrendously effective, killing nearly 3,000 and destroying the buildings.
            As a survivor of Nine Eleven, I often think of it as my Hiroshima and the Hiroshima of the United States.   I think of it as the "Day of Invasion," when Terrorism made a big "X" across the U.S. map in defiance of a delusion that we, America, were inviolable.
             Practice, however, makes perfect.
             If one were to think through the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and project out the attack made in September, 2001, one might surmise the lessons of the failed attempt were corrected.    Instead of attacking the basement, the new approach was to attack the top.
              Which simply means that Terrorism may well be planning its next event, and that event may be five years ahead.    Perhaps Terrorism is studying the success of Nine Eleven and figuring out how to make it more successful.}

Never grow Complacent over the words of Thomas Jefferson

         Terrorism knows the nature of people is to become Complacent, to place other priorities ahead of Vigilance.   Already, the political polls show the interest of the American people dropping as the war on Terrorism grows weary on their minds.
                We can't forget what Thomas Jefferson once said:   "The price of Freedom is Vigilance."
                If we are to remember the Sentinels of Vigilance from 1993, we should remember them as Voices we didn't heed.
                 We need to keep our ears cocked to the Sentinels of Vigilance from 2001.
                 Let us never turn deaf to them.
                 Take the Pledge of Vigilance.  Let it be your eyes and ears.


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Part II of V:  The First Secret Of Vigilance
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Part I of V--The Legend Of Christmas Vigilance.
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