America stuffs 299 body bags a day inside its borders. Are
we calling these deaths acts of Terror? Or, are we forgetting
the real Terror is at home, not abroad.
Saturday, March 13,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 913
The Terror Of 299 Body Bags Per Day In America
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 13,
2004 -- Each day physical and biological Terrorism takes the lives of
299 Americans and we are never told about the sum of those deaths.
Terrorism takes 299American lives
Complacent Terrorism muffles the facts.
The watchdogs of our society--the press--would
rather report the killing of two soldiers in Iraq by Iraqi Terrorists
disguised as policemen, or splash across the headlines the horror of a
Terrorist attack that left 192 dead in one day in Madrid, 100 less
than die daily at the hands of Terrorism here in the United States.
Then there are those politicians
railing against the war in Iraq who climb upon the bodies of the 500
dead Americans who sacrificed their lives over the past year at the
rate of a little more than one per day and try and use the dead bodies
as examples of poor and misguided leadership while saying nothing
about the 299 body bags piling up each day within the borders of
Terrorism has become a political
rather than a practical football. One seems to elect the
nature of its use rather than calling it by its real name whenever it
Americans die from car accidents
Let's take a 4,000-pound bomb
rushing down the road at 65 miles per hour, heading for a 2,000-pound
vehicle packed with children on their way to a soccer game.
The Terrorist inside the 4,000-pound bomb is drunk and slams head-on
into the vehicle packed with the kids, splaying their bodies across
the road in a horrible sacrifice to the gods of alcohol, to a careless
and selfish disregard for human life.
Each day, 117 people in America
die from car accidents, a total of 43,000 per year. A majority
of the deaths are murder, for the drivers are impaired; they are
suicide bombers seeking random targets.
Americans die from flu
Then there is the
biochemical Terrorism. Daily, 98 Americans die from flu, a
total of 36,000 per year. Another 13 a day die from food
borne diseases, a total of 5,000 per year. Many of these
deaths could be avoided by people simply washing their hands or
covering their mouths when they cough. Their Complacency
and the Complacency of a society to protect its children and parents,
allows the Terrorism to spread wantonly.
Then there are the 26,000
deaths per year from guns, a total of 71 a day. The barrel
of these weapons lash victims with deadly lead, many by accidents,
many others by intention. Guns account for 71 deaths
Adding these few forms of
Domestic Death-Induced Terrorism up, 117 from cars, 98 from flu, 13
from food borne disease, 71 from guns--you end up at 299 daily deaths.
Who is crying out for a
reduction of these deaths?
The answer is reflected by the
headlines of local and national newspapers, and the dominate story on
the local television news channel.
account for 71 American deaths
Rarely are the facts of
Domestic Terrorism butted against those of International Terrorism.
A bomb or bullet that kills an American in Iraq has much more power
than a drunk killing a car full of young kids on their way to a soccer
The message today
Terrorism starts at
So does Vigilance.
When we, as
citizens, start to manage the Terrorism surrounding us in our daily
lives--that includes the Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that
attack us in our personal lives--we begin to cut the legs off the
Beast of Terror.
Calling upon the
Principles of Vigilance each day--asking for Courage to overcome Fear,
for Conviction to wrestle Intimidation and for Right Actions that
benefit future generations to trump Complacency--gives us the power to
change the impact of Terrorism on our lives. It
shifts us from being the "victims of the present" to being the
"managers of our future."
When we hear our political leaders, and would-be leaders, challenging
one another over the "waste of American lives" or the "mismanagement"
of American resources in the War on Terrorism, listen to hear in the
critics diatribes the Truth About Terrorism.
Are they simply berating what is, or trying to build a better world?
And, if they are trying to build a better world, what are they going
to do about Domestic Terrorism as well as Foreign Terrorism?
But, if you are astute in your vision, you will know that no
politician can achieve victory without the support of the people.
If Terrorism is going to be defeated, we, each of us, must take a
stand against it. We must vow to fight Terrorism with all
our might and will, not just to protect ourselves, but to protect our
Children's Children's Children.
these acts of Terror on America
The greatest threats today to the safety of children are guns, cars and
disease. Then there are all forms of crippling emotional abuse
that can warp and fracture the self-worth of a child, perhaps
ultimately driving the child to drink while driving or to carry a
weapon and use it in a moment of rage, or become careless about health
and hygiene so that he or she infects others by his or her mere
When you see statistics
about how many people die each day, think of the number 299.
Two-hundred and ninety-nine each and every day. In a
ten-day period, that number equals all those who died on September 11,
2001. And, there are 36 such ten-day periods each and
How can the Principles of Vigilance help reduce the 299 figure?
Since these acts of
Terror are happening in your backyard, no one is more capable of you
than finding ways to help bring down these acts of Terror occurring in
your neighborhood daily.
Fight Terrorism in
your backyard. Reduce the number 299 with your Vow of
Vigilance. Make the War on Terrorism a real battle, one that
each of us can help win.
Terrorism--Is It The Absence Of Vigilance?