March 22, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 192
The Secret Of Winning World War IV
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 22--I hadn't thought
much about World War IV until I was reading an article a friend
of mine sent describing it in detail. Somehow, I
even missed being aware of World War III, but now I know it
to this author, World War III ended when the Berlin Wall was
taken down, smashed to pieces after nearly a half-century of
living in a nuclear threat imposed between Russia and the United
States. The tearing down of the wall marked the end of
World War III, the so-called Cold War.
Erected August 13, 1961, the Berlin
Wall stretched over 96 miles and was an average of 11.8 feet
high. It represented far more than concrete and barbed
wire separating two ideologies--it symbolized two powerful warriors
trying to show each other which one was the toughest--each terrorizing
not only themselves, but the world which feared a nuclear battle
that would ultimately maim or destroy the entire globe.
November 9, 1989 at 6:55
p.m., hallmarks the time when Communism fell and East Berliners
were allowed free travel through the checkpoints.
As the wall fell, the world sighed in relief. The great
nuclear war time bomb, they thought, was diffused.
It was assumed that Peace replaced Terrorism.
For the next twelve years the
globe seemed free of a World War. In its place
appeared regional wars, violent battles in small nations where
local leaders and warring factions brutalized one another.
But there was no global threat, and as a result, we unloosened
our battle gear, began the process of disarmament and military
reductions, and turned our attention to the building of a flourishing
8:56a.m. on September 11, 2001, World War IV was launched when
a handful of Terrorists smashed planes into the World Trade
Center, and soon afterward, the Pentagon and the ill-fated Flight
93 which was enroute to the White House but thwarted by the
battle cry issued by Todd Beamer--"Let's roll!"--as
he and the other passengers rushed the Terrorists and brought
the plane down in a field in Pennsylvania.
Unlike a regional war, a world war
impacts an entire globe. It threatens the security of
citizens in every country and endangers the welfare of the world
at large. Terrorism has slapped the world's face.
It has risen out of the bowels of human resentment against those
who deny its power, hidden behind religious or cult trappings,
and indiscriminately targeted anyone who doesn't agree with
As with the Cold War, it thrives on
creating constant Fear, Intimidation and Complacency within
all societies. Its shadow casts ominous gloom upon
us all, for it can strike anywhere at any time against anyone
for any reason it chooses.
World War IV cannot be won by using
conventional weapons, just as World War III wasn't won with
the blood and guts of millions.
Communism fell to its knees because
the Sentinels of Vigilance stood face to face with totalitarianism
and didn't flinch. It was what is called a
Mexican stand off, where two warriors glare at each other until
one tires and surrenders. It was a test not of weapons,
but of ideology--what's best for all the children.
One can easily make the victors of
World War III the Children of Vigilance. In the long run,
the children were those who suffered. Mothers and fathers
began to see the world of Freedom for what it was--a much safer
and more secure place where the opportunities for their offspring
were limitless versus restricted by oppressive governments which
dictated the roles of its citizens.
The end of the Vietnam War came not
from bombs and bullets, but from an uprising inside the United
States when the parents of children shouted vehemently that
they would no longer support the killing and destruction of
History endorses this "right of
parents" to end wars. In a famous play mocking
the insanity of war, a playwright wrote about how all the women
of the Trojan Warriors assembled in the Acropolis and refused
to have sex with their husbands until they stopped fighting,
stopped dying for causes that had no impact on the security
of the future generations.
Ultimately, all wars end in whimpers
not bangs. Even World War II, when the atomic
bomb killed tens of thousands, resulted in the populace of Japan
saying, "that's enough. No more killing! Let
our children grow in peace, not war. Let them not live
in fear, intimidation, complacency."
World War IV will not be won by killing
Terrorists. It will be won when the world rises up against
This will not occur with the citizens
of the world grabbing rifles and pitchforks and going on search
and destroy missions to hunt and eliminate the Terrorists, for
each time one is killed, two or more others appear in his or
place. Terrorism is not about people, it is about
ideology--about striking Fear into the hearts of citizens, of
children, of parents.
Vigilance is the only sword that
will strike down Terrorism.
The Shields of Vigilance--Courage,
Conviction and Action are the weapons that must be used to thwart
the bullets and bombs of Terrorism's Fear, Intimidation and
The armor a society has available
to shield itself from Terrorism is the Pledge of Vigilance.
By taking the Pledge, and living by its creed, parents make
a commitment to stand up to Terrorism, to not fear it, to not
be intimidated by it, to take action to protect themselves and
their families from it rather than abdicating the role to governments
or military institutions.
All global wars have ultimately
been won by the uprising of the Parents of Vigilance.
When a group of parents have had enough, when they have seen
the death and destruction of the innocent wasted by beliefs
that hold no value to the precious nature of an innocent child,
they revolt. They stand as one body against the
so-called tyrant, and, their power is endless, while their enemy's
The Vietnam War ended because
the Parents of Vigilance rose up and shouted that their children
would no longer die for that cause. The rumblings of the
womb brought the end to that war.
Similarly they will be the end
point to the War On Terrorism. Only when the parents
of the world unite in a Force of Vigilance against Terrorism
will the Osama bin Laden's of the world shrink into nothingness.
When parents refuse to be afraid
of Terrorism, when fear no longer is Terrorism's greatest weapon,
that will be the beginning of the end of World War IV.
Achieving this goal begins with
the first step.
It means taking the Pledge of
Vigilance, whether you're a parent or a citizen, or simply a
loved one of any child.
One takes the Pledge not to protect
himself or herself, but to protect the children of the world
from the Terror that exists not only outside, but inside.
When one sees himself or herself as
a Sentinel of Vigilance, ordained by the nature of human compassion
to stand up for what is right in the face of wrong, then and
only then does one realize the power of one's Voice in a mass
The delusion that one Pledge
cannot make a difference is exactly what the Terrorists seek
to instill in all. But as individuals we realize
it is the "Voice of the children" sung through the
adults that will bring Terrorism to its knees, then and only
then will World War IV be won.
Winning isn't about winning.
Winning is about competing with Vigilance. Winning
is having the Courage to stand up and be counted.
If you want to fight Terrorism,
then take the Pledge of Vigilance. Take it not for
yourself, but for the safety and security of a child you care
about, you love. Let that child know you are its Sentinel
of Vigilance. For when you rise up, Terrorism will
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