Splitting a hair is a delicate, precision task. It's not like
splitting a cord of wood, or splitting one's bet on the dice table.
Splitting a hair requires one to look at both sides of the hair.
It requires one to magnify the follicle to insure you have it measured
exactly between one side and the other. War protestors
tend not to split the hair of war. They avoid looking at
both sides, and become victims of the Beast of Protest Terror, whose
hair resists being split. In fact, it blinds whomever
looks at so he or she can only see the ugliness and corruption of
war's underbelly. See how the Beast of Protest Terror magnifies
America's ugliness and blinds its viewer to a bigger vision, to the
other half of war's split hair.
21, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 555
The Hairs Of War
Or, The Beast Of Protest Terror Rules!
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 21-- Splitting hairs over war is a
delicate task, one that can end up with the loss of a finger or two if
the razor slips.
Anti-war protest held
in Chicago's Federal Plaza
As America launched its first attacks
against Iraqi leadership in an attempt to "decapitate" Saddam
Hussein's power and force the surrender of Iraqi troops, thousands of
protestors throughout the United States and the world rallied against
In Chicago they stopped traffic.
In New York's Times Square they laid down on Broadway. In San
Francisco more than 1,000 were arrested as the city erupted in
anarchy, including pelting police cars with rocks and looting
But it was all hair splitting.
anarchy" in San Francisco anti-war protest where 1,000 were
Out of one corner of the protestors' mouths they condemn war.
Out of the other, they say they support the men and women who are
fighting it--all volunteers, comprising a quarter million Americans
and some 50,000 British and Australian warriors.
I am perplexed, as always, at the
hair splitting difference between supporting a warrior in war and
raillery against it.
It is a chicken and egg dilemma to
If one cavils against war, yet utters
their support for the men and women fighting it, what does that mean?
Is the warrior exempt from the war? Or, are the protestors
trying to split the hairs of war and perform calumny against the
leaders of war while providing sanctuary for those who carry it out?
I looked up the elusive
history of the phrase, "hair splitting" to try and understand how one
can carve the "hair of war" into two precision parts, one half
isolating the leaders who wage it, the other from those who enforce
Even the Oxford English
Dictionary was confusing over its meaning. It attributes hair
splitting to origins in 1652, to wit: "Machiavelli cut the hair
when he advised, not absolutely to disavow conscience, to manage it
with such a prudent neglect, as is scarce discernible from a
I think he was talking about
the finite difference between good or bad, right and wrong, just and
In 1948 Charles Earl Funk wrote
that "splitting hairs" originally meant "to divide into exactly even
amounts, so as to afford no slightest advantage."
James Rogers, in the 1985
volume The Dictionary Of Clichés, says the literal splitting of hair
was so difficult as to be a waste of time.
Protestors, however, seem to
have carved the hair of war exactly in half--dividing those who wage
it from those who fight it. One is puppet, the other the
puppeteer. One the master, the other the slave.
One is the
puppet, the other the puppeteer
It rubs salt into my old wounds, this hair splitting of
It makes me want to scream,
"Where were the protestors when the tyranny was underway? Where
were the protestors when Iraqi prisons choked with victims sent to
dungeons to be beaten, starved, executed, raped because they protested
the leadership of Saddam Hussein? Where were the
protestors when Saddam gassed thousands of Kurds, including women and
children? Why didn't they lay down in Times Square then,
or overturn police cars in San Francisco, or clog the highways of
Where were the protestors when
Saddam killed his two sons-in-law and dragged their bodies through
Baghdad? Or when he defied the U.N. for a dozen years and
continued to produce weapons of mass destruction that led to his
sons-in-laws defecting to Jordan with their wives and children and
delivering to the U.N. proof of Saddam's weapons manufacturing?
Why didn't the protestors who find it
so easy to rail against the U.S. leadership today, find it worthy to
besmirch the reputation of Saddam then?
Why focus all protest energy
against America's moral right and its legal authority to unilaterally
act against Terrorism and Tyranny?
This is the hair that should be
split, if any at all.
It is a simple splitting to me.
On one side is Vigilance, on the other, Terrorism.
But protestors don't see that
when they carve the "hair of war." Their two halves are
"wrong" and "wrong." They are equal halves with no
opposites, no black versus white, no left versus right, no just versus
They have plucked the "hair of
war" not split it.
As I look at the
protestors screaming and jeering-- hurling invectives at American
leadership as being criminal and unjust, in violation of any moral
authority--I cringe. My skin crawls as though I were staked
naked in a fermenting swamp and my tormenters set upon my body an army
of starving blood sucking leeches.
Inside, the lion of my soul
roars. I hear the screams of the Sentinels of Vigilance, those
thousands who died on Nine Eleven, sobbing in great pain as they see
the children of America falling victim not to the Right to Protest,
but to the whim and will of the Beast of Terror who feeds them Fear of
their nation, Intimidation of its leadership, and Complacency of
actions that are not only just, but justly overdo.
I have seen the leaders
of protest marches twist their mouths into masks of hatred, turning
their rhetoric not against the Beasts of Horror who smash the rights
of others, or torture them into oblivion, or plot and plan to issue
weapons of mass destruction to any and all who hate the "infidels,"
but upon the elders of the nation, the leaders, in an attempt to
amoralize their actions, to criminalize their Vigilance against
gnaw as termites to destroy America's moral foundation
These leaders of
protest have but one agenda. It is to destroy the moral
foundations of America, to gnaw as termites do at any faith or belief
the young have in their country, and to blacken its conduct so that
the true Beast of Terror--Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, Osama bin Laden
and the other Hitlers before and who will follow--appear saintly in
juxtaposition to their leadership, their Fathers and Mothers of
Terrorism is the
injection of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into the minds and
hearts of a society. It specifically targets the weak, the
vulnerable, the innocent incapable of defending themselves.
Protestors are fed such
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. They are fired by the
leaders of protest to Fear their leadership on the grounds such
leadership is immoral, seeking to fight a war in Iraq for the sole
purpose of winning the oil fields. They are given
signs that read, "No War For Oil." The protest leaders split the
hair so only the oily side can be seen. They deny the
other side of the hair--Freedom, Liberty, the fundamental right of
self-rule, the right to protest, democracy in opposition to tyranny.
They Intimidate the
youth who follow them by citing "crimes against humanity."
They call their leaders the "evil ones," and parade false evidence
that troops are being enslaved into fighting the enemy, composed of
minorities who blindly follow orders because they couldn't get a job.
Rice speaks on Arab television
The protest leaders do not remind their progeny that the
Secretary of State is African American, or the President's closest
advisor, Ms. Condoleeza Rice, is African American. They
split those hairs nefariously, excluding them from the attacks on a
"white supremist leadership module" seeking to puppet the
250,000 American troops.
And there is the Complacency,
the sad, soul-sucking Complacency that falls like a shroud of dismay
upon the protest body. There is no talk among them
of their silence when the pain of Iraq screamed for world attention.
There is no reminder that the war being fought today is the
culmination of a world that refused to stand up to Terrorism in the
past, but instead acceded to its power to grow and prosper without
penalty. There is no indictment of the protestor's
utter disregard for the plight of the people of Iraq when Saddam
gassed them, or imprisoned them, or sent his rape and execution squads
to punish any and all who opposed his points of view.
To split that hair would be to reveal the
true scourge of the protest itself, for it would remind all who scream
and shout that it was they, the body politic, who did nothing until it
was too late. It was they, the Citizens of Complacency, who
turned their heads against the weak and suffering of Iraq over the
past 23 years Saddam Hussein has ruled his land.
The protestors don't want to look at
the fact they are being led by the nose by Terrorism itself.
The Beast of Protest Terror wants them to shout down America, to
destroy its right to defend the people of Iraq and the right to
protect the security not only of America and the world by removing
The Beast of
Protest Terror eviscerates America's moral entrails
Every sane nation knows Saddam is a rogue leader. They
know left to his own devices he will build and sell weapons of mass
destruction. They know he has a long history to horrible acts
and crimes against humanity. They all voted to remove
those weapons in Resolution 1441.
But instead of lauding American
resolve to act while others stand and watch, the Beasts of Protest
Terror eviscerate America's moral entrails. They gut
America's authority to preemptively act against a known Terrorist who
pays suicide bombers $25,000 every time one blows up innocent men,
women and children.
There are no signs to protest his support
of Terrorism. There are no pictures of his grandchildren's
fathers being dragged through Baghdad, their dead bodies kicking up
dust as a reminder to any that may think of opposing him that they
will suffer the same fate.
There are no pictures of thousands of
Kurdish children and women lying rotting in the sun after Saddam
gassed them. There are no pictures of rape rooms where
Saddam's men bring prisoners wives and children and ravage them
before the prisoner's eyes. There are no signs protesting
Saddam's son whipping and beating his Olympic team, torturing them
because they did not win.
The Beast of Protest Terror split
those hairs decisively, insuring no one could see the other half.
I am befuddled by protestors.
They turn their hatred not against the Beast of Terror, but against
the Sentinels of Vigilance. They attack their mothers and
fathers, their grandparents, their brothers and sisters, cousins and
nephews. They dance on the graves of all Americans who
have ever fought and died in foreign lands and left those lands
without capturing those land's resources, or enslaved their people.
But to look at the signs--No War For Oil--one would think
America is going to build a pipeline from Iraq to New York and steal
the resources of the country, enslave the people to serve as puppets
of American whims.
They do not hold up posters of France
and Germany, both nations America helped liberate. They don't
cite the millions of people who live in free lands, once ruled by
despots like Saddam, that America went to war to liberate.
No. That would be splitting the
hair too closely.
I am sad the Beast of Protest
Terror rules the minds of so many.
I hear the tears of the Sentinels of
Vigilance falling from Ground Zero as the invectives are shouted by
the children, led by the horned devils of Terrorism to believe America
is corrupt, immoral, imperialistic in its attack on Terrorism in Iraq.
I was spat upon by the same children
when I returned from Vietnam. That spittle hasn't dried.
As an American, I have learned to
accept the fact we have the right to be wrong. Few citizens in
few nations have that right.
In Iraq, if the protestors of America and
the world were to take to the streets with signs and shouts in
opposition to Saddam Hussein, they would be shot, tortured, raped.
Their families would be murdered. Their bodies dragged
through the streets.
There is none of that happening here in
But the Beasts of Protest Terror do not speak of that when they
call upon the children to lay down in the streets, to scream their
hatred of the President and the nation as being war criminals, unjust
No. The children of the
Beast of Protest Terror march blindly into the Jaws of the Beast of
Terror, a lemmings off the edge of the earth, as mice following a Pied
I cry for Vigilance on their part.
I cry they might split the hair
fairly, look at both sides, not just one.
I cry they lead rather than follow.
I cry they listen to the tears of the
Sentinels of Vigilance--those countless thousands of Saddam's victims
upon whose tortured body he has built his regime.
I cry the children misunderstand that
the war being fought is the result of their lack of protest back when
Saddam first raped his first prisoner's family, or butchered the first
batch of innocent, or dragged his first body through Baghdad.
I cry that our children follow the Beast of Terror
down the highways of America, and cannot see the Sentinels
of Vigilance fluttering above them, shouting warnings
that if they forget to fight Terrorism, their children
may be its next victims.
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