April 1, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 202
The Greatest Fool Of All--Terrorism
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, April 1--It is April Fools
Day--a day in which fools rule.
A fool is someone
blind to reality. And the greatest fool of all is Terrorism.
A fool is someone
who thinks he or she can be protected from Terrorism by the
police, or government, or the military. Terrorism counts
on this foolishness.
A true fool is someone
who refuses to take responsibility for his or her safety and
security, and that of his or her family and loved ones.
It is someone who
has forgotten to remember what September 11 was truly all about.
America was attacked
that day, despite the police, the firemen, the government or
the military. It was the first major attack on American
soil since 1812.
Only in hindsight do F-14
fighter jets prowl
the skies about New York City. Only in hindsight has our
airport security been tightened, and our military expended millions
of dollars of bombs and bullets daily to eradicate the "enemy"
in a far-off land.
Foresight was the
problem on September 10th. It is the same problem today.
Only a fool would think Terrorism can be frightened away by
bomb and bullets--they only feed its ravenous hunger-- for Terrorism
isn't something that can be "killed," it can only
be constrained, exposed, spotlighted.
If Terrorism grows Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency in the heart of its victims, then
it's not about "killing" the body of Terrorism that
will end its rule. It is about "killing"
the effects of Terrorism--eradicating the Fear and Intimidation
it creates in its aftermath.
The bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon were symbols
not facts of Terrorism. They issued a declaration
to the citizens of the United States that no longer was it safe
from the insidious venom of any group of people who wish to
strike fear into the hearts of a nation, any time and any place
such a group wishes.
Its targets are the weak
and helpless, the indifferent, the complacent. And
it is patient. It waits quietly for Complacency to slip
back in, for memories to fade
Terrorism is an Emotional
and Physical enemy.
It gnaws at the foundations
of one's security within, always lurking in the shadows waiting
to pounce on the unsuspecting, the least protected.
It throws chemicals designed
to poison thousands of innocent people in subways in Tokyo,
it walks into Seder dinners at
Passover with bombs strapped to its body, it sends thousands
of bodies floating down a bloody river in Rwanda, it makes Chinese
parents kill newborn daughters who exceed the government's quota.
It turns friendly, kind
priests into child molesters. It makes a mother
of five chase down and drown each of her children in a
bathtub. It drives two teenage boys to walk into
a high school cafeteria and shoot anything that moves and then
In lesser degrees, it makes
a parent tell a child: "I never wanted you!
You're ugly! I wished you were dead!"
In still lesser degrees,
it makes a parent too busy to find out what's going on in his
or her child's mind, what the child's dreams are, what his or
her fears are all about.
In still lesser degrees
it makes a person feel like they are a "loser," a
"victim of circumstances," born into a state of dependence
because of race, color, creed, or a state of "less than
worthy" based on inner guilt or shame imposed upon them
by some outside force or circumstance that stunts their emotional
and spiritual growth as a worthy human being.
In still lesser quantities
it makes one shy from trying out new things, and forces one
into a rut of complacency where they feel they cannot escape
their "lot," and walks through life with the yoke
of drudgery on their shoulders.
Only a fool would think Terrorism is about bombs and bullets
and Osama bin
Laden or Yasir Arafat.
Terrorism is a state
of human condition, one that sinks its fangs into our souls
and unless we cut those fangs loose at their roots, pierces
our being with its venom so we are paralyzed to think we can
control and manage our Emotional safety and our Physical security.
But fools can be
resurrected into men and women of wisdom.
Terrorism can be
Its roots can be
The Pledge of Vigilance
is the first step in this direction.
When one becomes
a "Registered Citizen of Vigilance," or "Registered
Parent Of Vigilance," or "Registered Relative Of Vigilance,"
or "Registered Love One Of Vigilance," the vow taken
casts light on the darkness of Terrorism.
By identifying the
source of Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--one
brings Vigilance out of the dark shadows into the foreground.
Vigilance's elements--Courage, Conviction and Action now shove
Terrorism to the side.
Restating one's Vows
of Vigilance daily, turns hindsight into foresight.
No longer does one
rely on others to stand guard over the protection of his or
her loved one's emotional or physical security. No longer
does a Sentinel of Vigilance wonder who is doing what to protect
them from harm--because they have taken up the Shields of Vigilance,
and recognize that the security of those they care about most
lies with them.
Only a fool would
think anything less.
Even on April Fools
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