|Article Overview: Are
you in the crosshairs of Terrorism?
Sunday, March 14,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 914
The Crosshairs Of Terrorism Include Europe
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 14,
2004 -- Since 9/11, Europe has ducked and weaved and dodged the
bullets and bombs of Terrorism.
As a body,
Europe, with a few exceptions, refused to back America's War on
Terrorism. Some said they wanted to stand by and watch and
not get involved, fearful of the backlash.
Across Europe, the media is sporting the
headlines: "Terrorism Is No Longer A Spectator Sport."
share Spain's shock
The deaths of more than 200
and the wounding of more than 1,000 in a Madrid subway has brought
Europe's its own September 11, 2001. Ironically, the attack came
exactly 911 days following the attack on America.
Also, there has been no final confirmation as to the
responsible actors in the tragic assault. Terrorism,
however, whether it be rooted in Al-Qaeda or politically charged
separatists in Spain, is the foundation of the attack.
It has resulted in an general alarm
throughout Europe that no one is free of the dangers of Terrorism.
"The mass terror of Madrid was aimed at the heart of Spain,
but we're all in the crosshairs of terrorism," wrote Germany's
mass circulation Bild. "Who is still safe today? Terror
is like a hydra with a thousand heads."... Fear of mass
attacks was no longer the preserve of the Americans, said
Italian daily La Republica in an editorial. "Whoever
thought the American 'devils' were the only ones in the sights
of Islamic terrorism was wrong. We are all in the same boat."
I remember when my good friend, Tony David, called me following the
World Trade Center attack. Tony is from Tel Aviv, Israel, and
was my roommate in college. He said, after assuring the safety
of my family, "Welcome to the real world."
Some of us
forget Nine Eleven happened
His point was that none of us are free from the dangers of Terrorism,
and that all of us need to stand up to the Beast of Terror as equals,
no matter how big our nation may be.
Sometimes it is easy to think that what happened on Nine Eleven was an
anomaly, and that dangling Terrorism or its threat in front of people
is like screaming: "The sky is falling, the sky is falling."
It is as though Terrorism itself
counts on Complacency to be its trump card. It seeks to
quell the fires of Vigilance, to let them die out as the sun shines
and the birds sing, hopeful the relaxed sense of security will seduce
the public to such a state that the next attack will shock us with
bone-chilling Fear, Intimidation and a sense of Complacent
Powerlessness that serves the end result of Terrorism--it empowers
with the ability to pull the rug of Complacency from under people's
The short and long of it
all--Terrorism is here to stay.
of Terrorism are expanding
ever was a time to translate the Pledge of Vigilance into all the
languages of the European Community, it is now.
And, for the
Americans who think they are safe from the Beast, perhaps they should
get a copy of the Pledge in Spanish, or French, or German, just in
case the crosshairs of Terrorism are still holding you in the center.
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