|Article Overview: At
7:39 a.m. New York City saluted the 201 victims of the Madrid train
Terrorist attack that occurred 911 days after the World Trade
Terrorist attack. The question posed by the deaths of 201
Spanish citizens is "Why Did They Die?" Was it for a
reason, or were they just senseless victims? Find out.
Thursday, March 18,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 918
7:39a.m.--Salute To The Spanish Sentinels Of Vigilance
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 18, 2004
-- At 7:39 a.m., New York City saluted the Sentinels of Vigilance
who died in the Terrorist attack that killed 201 in Madrid, Spain, and
wounded thousands on March 11, exactly 911 days following the attack
on the World Trade Center.
Madrid train station
a.m., New York City's 8 million population recognized a Moment of Silence.
For those of us who believe in the Sentinels of
Vigilance, we saluted not the death of the "Madrid Terror Victims" but rather
the birth of the "Spanish Sentinels Of Vigilance."
Those who died in the Madrid Terror attack will
join the ranks of other Sentinels of Vigilance throughout time to stand guard
over the protection of the Children's Children's Children.
I watched the
Sentinels of Vigilance rise up from Ground Zero
When I was at
Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 when the Terrorists attacked the
World Trade Center, I watched the spirits of the nearly 3,000 dead
rise up and hover in a circle over Ground Zero, vowing to do daily
battle with the Beast of Terror.
I knew the same was true at the
Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, where Terrorists attacked other parts of
America in an attempt to spread Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency--the tools of Terrorism.
There have been other Terrorist
attacks since 911 in other parts of the world, from Bali to Moscow.
Now, Madrid joins the ranks. Two-hundred and one
deaths and thousands wounded in synchronized attacks on a number of
commuter trains. The purpose of the attacks:
to intimidate nations to drop the support of America's War on
Terrorism; to punish those who align themselves as Sentinels of
Vigilance; to prove the bully is to be feared more than the sheriff.
Terrorism is a senseless act of
violence against the innocent to make a point that Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency are stronger potions than their Vigilant counterparts,
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that benefit the Children's
A number of nations such as
Spain elected to support America's War on Terrorism for one major
reason: to protect the Children's Children's Children.
As with England, the
popular vote was to "not get involved." National leaders
however, looked into the future and saw the threat of Terrorism
growing by degrees of Intimidation and pounds of Complacency and
elected to stand up to Terrorism.
Rodriguez Zapatero has been voted in as Spain's new leader
back by killing the people. In Spain, the attack was
credited for the voting out of the party that backed America's efforts
to fight Terrorism and was replaced by a government calling for the
withdrawal of Spanish troops. A victory for the Beast of
But what about the 201
For what did they die?
The argument that their deaths were
senseless goes without saying. To argue that America is
the faulty party is finger pointing. But what about
the possibility that those who died that day, just as those who died
at the World Trade Center, gave their lives for the future
What if the 201 Spanish
citizens realized in their moment of death they were to alert the
living of the dangers of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency and that
if each parent passed on the Principles of Vigilance to their
children--Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for future
generations--that Terrorism would never gain a toehold in their land,
or any land, for acts of violence against the innocent would not drive
people into fetal, helpless shapes of Jell-0, but rather coil them
into action-figures ready to leap upon the Beast of Terror with Swords
and Shields of Vigilance and drive the Beasts from the land?
I see the
Spanish Sentinels driving away the Beasts of Terror
I opt for the more glorious view of our Spanish Sentinels. I see
them brandishing their Swords and Shields, driving away the Beasts of
Terror who now attack the children through their parents'
The children know
that Terrorism will return again and again and again like all bullies
return. Children know there is no retreat from the gnarled hand
of Terrorism. It will hunt down the most innocent and
inflict whatever pain or torture it wills upon it unless it is
At this point, the
greatest guardians against Terrorism are the Symbols of Vigilance, the
spirits of those who died senseless deaths for sensible reasons.
The most sensible reason for dying at the hands of Terrorism is to
serve as a reminder that Terrorism must be stopped. We
cannot turn our heads or divert our eyes or change our allegiance in
hopes we will be safe from its shadow.
Terrorism will seek us
all out in the end, for its ravenous appetite feeds off our Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, not our national flags or political
affiliations. Like any monster, it will ruthlessly attack
any and all who cower in its wake.
Sentinels are protecting their children from Terrorism
Despite the belief by some that the deaths in Spain are a "tragedy"
caused by a "worthless" support of America's War on Terrorism, the
truth is that Terrorism is waging war on the world.
Only the blind will
believe Terrorism is not walking the path leading to their door.
When I saluted the
Spanish this morning, I saw they had wide eyes, scanning the horizon,
reminding the world that Terrorism is stalking their children, and to
be wary of trying to run and hide from its wrath.
I heard them say in Spanish,
"Semper Vigilantes, Take the Pledge of Vigilance Today!"
Mar 17--St. Patrick--Humorous Terror Hunter