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The highest number of Americans favoring military action against
Saddam Hussein aren't the hawks, but the children. Why?
Why would the youth of America favor risking their lives over
Complacency, Concession, and Conciliation? Find out in
this compelling look at the Youthful Sentinels of Vigilance.
Saturday--March 1, 2003—Ground Zero Plus
Why The Children Want
To Go To War Against Iraq
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 1--The children
want to go to war. They want to fight the Beast of Terror. They
want to rid the future of the Beast’s danger, to make their world
safer for their Children's Children's Children's. But why them? Why
the kids? Why not the parents? The grandparents?
Perhaps the answer is bigger
than we can imagine. Perhaps the children of America seek to sweep
the decks clear of despotism and tyranny now rather than later when
Complacency sets in as it does to older generations who tire of the
battle to secure the safety of future generations. Perhaps they know
they can’t count on the United Nations, or politicians, or the news
media or governments at large to destroy Fear, Intimidation and
I’ve come to that conclusion after reading a recent
poll, taken Feb. 19-20, by Harris Interactive for Time/CNN. I studied
the poll for a couple of days, trying to justify why nearly two-thirds
(2/3rds) of American 18-29 year olds favor military action to remove
Saddam Hussein from power while only 40 percent of their grandparents,
people aged 65 and over, are for it.
I was perplexed at first as I reviewed the poll taken of 1,299 adults
in the March 3 edition of Time Magazine. Based on what you see on
television or read in the papers, it would seem that young people are
the vast majority of anti-war advocates. As a betting man I wouldn’t
place my money on the kids as being “warmongers,” eager to give their
lives in some far distant land for people they don’t know, in a
culture so radically different from American ideals it would seem any
young person might shake his or her head in despair over any actions
creating a dramatic change in the way the culture operates.
But the more I pondered the
question: “Why would two-thirds of the kids be in favor of military
action?” the more my own fog began to clear and the vision of what
they see came into focus.
The Jaws of
the Beast await our Vigilant youth
What I saw for the kids, a diminutive phrase used to identify the
18-29 age group, was death and destruction. I saw them walking into
the Jaws of the Beast, being chewed to death by Hussein’s weapons of
mass destruction. I saw precious, viable assets risking their lives,
sacrificing their future by choice rather than conscription.
As an older person with children and grandchildren, I forget how
my vision narrows. I am far more protective of my children’s present
than I am their future. The older one gets, the more cautious his
or her steps. It’s the nature of age to rear back, slow down the
horses, take deep breaths and ponder any decision, which threatens the
status quo. Perhaps that why older people are more conservative by
nature, and younger ones more liberal.
I was thinking about protecting my children and their
children. As a father and grandfather, I am more concerned about
their present than I am their future, for I have some control over the
present and very little over the future—or so I think.
So what, I asked, do the youth see?
What do they perceive that is worth their lives?
I figured each youth who voted for military action understood
that vote to represent his or agreement to pick up the Sword and
Shield of Vigilance and be willing to die, if necessary. The kids
aren’t dumb. They know wars are not fought by mothers and fathers or
grandparents, but by children, by the youth, the young, and the 18-29
No one could convince me that the votes for military action
implied individual sacrifice, a willingness to die on their part to
remove Saddam Hussein.
meant that each young person who poled in favor of military action
endorsed fighting the Beast of Terror—including going into
hand-to-hand combat against him, and what he stands for: Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
of America ready ......
figured it took a heap of courage for each youth to make their mark
against the Beast. The sum of them became a generational majority
vote to rid the world of the Beast of Terror’s influence, starting
first in Baghdad, and then marching to whatever corners of the earth
were next. It wasn’t just a vote; it was an indemnification of an
entire generation’s desire to thwart Terrorism.
Sometimes it is easy to discount the young as not having the
wisdom to see into the future. Age often makes one righteous in this
respect, assuming the young are not gifted to see what wisdom can,
when, ultimately, the reverse may be true. Age often blinds us to
the wisdom of the future.
I thought about the courage the youth mustered in their
voting. They were aware Saddam Hussein had biochemical weapons and
possibly “dirty nuclear ones” and could and would use them in
desperation. He had already gassed his own people, why not
fight the the Beast of Terror
I thought about the
courage also the young must inject themselves with to face changing a
regime that is so culturally different, that it could take decades for
them to approach the freedom and liberty American youth enjoy.
The Middle Eastern cultures are rife with customs that
diminish women that divide people into classes—the rich and poor.
Education is based on religion in most areas, and one diametric to the
youth of the Western world. Yet the kids voted to fight the Beast,
to remove the despot, to foil tyranny.
I thought about this "willingness to
die" principle long and hard as I studied the statistics. Why would
a young person with a rich opportunity to achieve his or her own
selfish goals of success in a “safe culture” risk death to fight for
the freedom of the Iraqi's? Why would a generation want to march on
Baghdad, knowing it might be dragging its fingers through a bucket of
What if, I thought, the youth can see the
future more clearly than anyone else? What if they instinctively know
the rights of the Children's Children's Children come before their
Young people are
idealistic in nature. They believe in the possible even when those
who have banged their heads against brick walls as impossible deem
it. The youth of a nation have always been the battering ram of
societies. It is their optimism and idealism that drives societies
past their limitations.
Many companies hire young people to inspire
the "Old Guard," to shake the trees so the monkeys hidden in them fall
to the ground. Many political observers claim that Britain's Prime
Minister, Tony Blair, because he is young and the father of young
children, is taking a tough stand on Iraq. Some say his vision to
the future is apolitical, and he stands for a world free from threats
to future generations. Pundits of Blair’s unpopular support of the
Iraqi war claim the safer political stance would be to back away from
supporting America and flow with his nation's public opinion, which
disfavors war with Iraq.
But what if Tony Blair is listening to the
heartbeat of the youth of the world? What if he is tuned into
(what's-in-it-for-the-children's-children's-children) instead of
This brings up some critical questions:
Who can best see the future of the children, the old or the young?
Who is best tuned into their channels? Who best knows the tastes of
freedom and wishes them upon all?
In my humble view, I believe
the children's eyes aren't fogged by the consequences of war, but
rather sharpened by consequences of not waging war. To NOT remove the
threats to their future offspring is a far more frightening choice
than to stand by and wait for the “adults” to act.
Nature supports this point of view.
Nature urges youth to fight for their young and their young
Reproductively, the desire to propagate is highest among the youth.
The most intense fertility rates exist in the 18-29 groups. Nature
urges the youth to mate and bring forth the new broods before age sets
in. Nature's clock may be one of the great forces driving the youth's
decisions to go to war.
Perhaps Nature knows that the risk Saddam Hussein and other
Terrorists like him present to endangering the species. Perhaps She
realizes that if the Saddam Hussein's and Osama bin Laden's and Kim
Jong Il's are left unscathed to multiply their weapons of mass
destruction, that the fallout from their madness will infect the
future of all young mothers and fathers, and destroy or mangle the
reproductive security of all children, present and future.
History reveals that revolutionaries comprise the body of the
young. The young lead change. It is as though they knew that unless
the threats to how they live are removed, and the paths paved for
their children smoothed and secured, that they have failed in their
genetic duty. That genetic duty is to leave the world a better place
for their children, and their Children's Children's Children.
Generational Genetic Force strives to continue to leave the world
safe for their Children's Children's Children
This Global Generational
Genetic Driving Force is most prominent in the United States. For
many decades we have sent our children to die for others in far off
lands with no other goal than to offer them what we have--freedom.
Americans don't die for things, for we don't conquer nations.
Americans die for ideals. There is no more ultimate ideal than to
leave the world safer for the children, and their progeny.
Diversity may also be another driving force. Our
children know their children might marry a person from another land,
and their children might marry yet another person from still another
land, mixing and matching cultures with such diversity that our youth
see the world as one unified family rather than as a set of some 200
national and cultural borders separated by over 6,000 languages and
thousands of different belief systems.
America is the most diverse of nations in this respect. Human
beings are more important than religions and cultures when it comes to
bonding and building family units. This cross fertilization of
differences levels the cultural playing field to one—a playground for
the kids who are born without the pall of race or creed hanging over
Because American youth bind as one in their music, their dress,
and their beliefs in equality for everyone, perhaps they don’t see the
cultural barriers as high or thick as the adults do. Perhaps they
see the children of Iraq assimilating the principles of freedom of
speech, of equal rights, of equal opportunity at a rate far beyond the
comprehension of those of us “old war horses” who skeptically think of
an occupation in Iraq as an exercise in trying to spin straw into
I give the kids a lot of credit on the issue of voting for
The Children's Rights--Then & Now
fathom all the visions they have today that I don’t think I have, or
forgotten I once did. The kids today helped me remember the reason I
went to Vietnam to fight in the early phases of the war. I went
to defend the right to freedom for the children, that they may have
what I had--the chance to be their own selves without limitations.
At 21, I truly believed that when the war ended,
and victory had been secured, that the children of that land would
grow to the maximum potential of their visions, not limited by a
government that told them how to think, or prosecuted them for
challenging its edicts, or opposed their individuality.
I know I was right in that belief, even though it has been
fractured many times by dissenters, and by those who attempt to
corrupt the intentions of the United States as a Terror Hunter, a
nation whose children die so that other children may be freed from the
Beast of Terror. The kids today reminded me by their votes to go
and die in Iraq, that I had done the same in Vietnam.
While we didn’t win the war in Vietnam, those Vietnamese who
escaped to America became winners. The Vietnamese who found their way
to our land after the war have soared in prosperity. Many whose
parents were once rice farmers have achieved awesome heights of
social, political, economic and religious liberty in a free land.
None who have tasted the fruits of freedom in this land will deny
their value to those who live under the shadow of communism.
So maybe if I go back in time, and remember that I was
willing to die for the freedom of the Vietnamese, I can
better understand why so many young Americans are willing
to die for the freedom of the Iraqis. Nearly 2/3rd of
the youthful population of 18-29 are.
I salute these American
Youth of Vigilance, and offer them all the Swords and
Shields of Vigilance I can manufacture. I hope the
Beast of Terror understands their resolve, for if he does,
he knows he should pack up his Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency and start running. For Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions for the Children's Children's
Children have spoken.
If you are a Parent or
Grandparent or Loved One of Vigilance, you can support
the Youth of Vigilance. Take the Pledge of Vigilance
today. Let it be your symbol of understanding
Youth's willingness to defend their future and that of
Feb 28--I Owe Mr. Fred Rogers A
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