Can the Beast of Terror be eliminated by pulling down a statue of
Saddam Hussein? Do we all have the Beast of Terror inside us?
Do we need to tear it down? Why?
10, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 575
Tipping Over The Beast Of Terror--Will He Die?
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Apr. 10--Yesterday, at 10:49 a.m., Marine
Cpl. Edward Chin hooked a chain around the neck of Saddam Hussein.
He took out an American flag his Lieutenant, a survivor of the
Terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, brought to Baghdad
and wiped it over the face of Saddam Hussein. Then,
employing all the power and might of his Bravo Company U.S. Marine
tank recovery unit, Chin watched the 40-foot statue of Saddam ripped
from its roots to the cheers of thousands of Iraqis.
The fall of
The scene took place in
Al-Firdaus (Paradise) Square in the center of Baghdad. It
was similar in symbolic effect to the crumbling of the Berlin Wall in
1989 and the standoff with a Chinese student and a military tank in
It punctuated not only the fall
of Baghdad but also a crippling blow to Beast of Terror.
Saddam Hussein and his sons
represented the Triad of Terror. They were the incarnation
of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, the elements of Terrorism, the
core of its chemistry.
When the statue fell, it
smashed, at least for the moment, two decades of Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency that enslaved more than 24 million Iraqis in a shroud
of repression of individual rights to freedom.
from the shadow of the Beast of Terror
Defeat, however, isn't sweet just because the statue fell.
Once down, the Iraqis dragged it through the streets.
Saddam's head, detached from the main body, was hooked by chains and
dragged. Photos of a boy beating Saddam's head with the
soles of his shoes represented one youth's freedom from the Beast of
But is the Beast dead?
Did America and Britain rid the
world of the Beast of Terror? Or, did the war in Iraq only
cut off one of its many heads--heads that regenerate quickly once the
intoxication of liberation passes?
While no one is quite sure what
will happen next in Iraq or the Middle East, one thing is absolutely
sure about the war--the Beast of Terror ran when faced with Vigilance.
Bullies operate with the
tools of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. These are their key
weapons of mass destruction. By killing, raping, torturing
and threatening a population and backing up such acts with a fierce
army of loyal troops, such national Beasts of Terror suppress a
society from revolting. Fear drives people into shells,
force them into caves of silence where they fall victim to the powers
of Intimidation and the quagmire of Complacency.
They go along to stay alive. They exist, hoping one day
the Beast will die.
It died yesterday in
At least, for the moment.
In the vacuum where Fear
ruled the Iraqi mindset, Courage sprouted. Where Complacency
once stifled confrontation, Iraqi Right Actions dominated.
And, where Intimidation kept the people from speaking out, Conviction
drove them to beat the statue with their shoes, a symbol of their
But, again, will the
There is a
network of Beasts of Terror
Unfortunately, Saddam Hussein is not the only Beast. He is
part of a network of Beasts of Terror, of course, for his actions and
those of his children, have been laced with a tyrannical evilness
unmatched in modern time. But killing Saddam and his sons
does not guarantee a better world. It means only that one more
Beast of Terror has been eliminated.
There are countless
others just like him.
The most obvious national
Beasts of Terror are listed on the front pages of our newspapers and
magazines. They include North Korea, Syria, Iran.
Then there are others. There are nations few have ever heard of,
buried deep in jungles or hidden in obscure arid areas with no oil or
natural resources that bring them to the surface of international
The Beast of Terror
exists in these nations not unlike it did in Iraq.
If America were to tackle
them all, we would be fighting wars of liberation ad infinitum. But,
the Beast of Terror is not just limited to nations.
The Beast also exists in
America, Britain, Australia--in the lands where the liberators cam
It exists in the anger of
a father who beats his children, or in the wrath of a mother who tells
her children in anger: "I wish you were never born. You're
no good. You're useless."
We revel in
the defeat of Terrorism....
but we need to be cautious
Beast takes shape and form in all degrees of Fear, in all levels of
Intimidation, and in all recipes of Complacency.
While we revel in
the joy of defeating "Terrorism" in Iraq, we need to be cautious.
We need to remember that Terrorism is not singularly limited to one
person, one nation.
It lives in the homes and
minds of all people who treat their children with disrespect, in
parents who make a child feel less than, or deprive a child of love
There is little difference
between the regime of Saddam Hussein and a household where a child is
afraid of his or her parents' wrath--fearful he or she might say
something that will cause the parent to lash out with the back of a
hand or an icy attack on the child's self worth.
A child who shrinks from his or
her parents' raised Voice, or who swallows back the pain of its soul,
fearful that exposing the inner pain will bring the anger of the
parent to the surface, is not unlike a prisoner in one of Saddam's
torture chambers, waiting for the sting of the whip, waiting for the
next blow that will bruise the body or the soul.
The Beast of
Terror doesn't die just because we tear it down
The Beast of Terror doesn't die just because we shoot it, or bomb it,
or blow it up. It exists in all our thoughts and actions,
and is a primal ugliness that can only be contained when we are
Only when we, the Citizens of
Vigilance, realize the Beast of Terror exists within us as
individuals, and that to rid the world of it we must attack it within
ourselves with the same passion that America attacked Saddam Hussein,
will our children and their Children's Children's Children be free of
When we take the Pledge of
Vigilance and vow to be constantly wary of how Fear affects our
children and replace its venom with the concrete of Courage are we on
the right path to pulling down the Beast of Terror's statue.
Only when we stop and think about the Intimidation we can impose on
our children by ignoring their needs to be loved and considered as
unique for who they are, will our Conviction to build their character
overpower the shadows of Intimidation that try to stunt their growth.
And, only when we stop doing nothing to
evolve, will we drive the Complacency of our own self-defeat out and
make room for the Right Actions necessary to insure our children's
right to freedom from the Beast.
Complacency--the giving up of efforts to
overpower the Beast--led Iraq into a state of Terrorism.
And that Terrorism was fragile. It took little effort by
the U.S. and Britain, a total of 21 days, to reverse a regime of
tyranny that grew over the past 23 years.
Bullies fall easily, for they have no
foundation for their Terror other than Complacency.
Each individual can defeat the Beast of
Terror within themselves with minor effort, and free both themselves
and their children from the Beast's shadows--free them from the Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency that makes them cower and feel less than
they could feel about life.
Saddam alive and act better toward our children and ourselves
If we think that Saddam Hussein lives--and lives within us--perhaps we
will stop and think about how we act toward our children, and how we
act toward ourselves.
If we put the chain around the neck of the
Beast of Terror inside us, and yank, we can topple it. We can
free ourselves from our own Fears, Intimidations and Complacencies.
Then, and only then, can we free our
You can pull down Beast of Terror today.
Take the Pledge of Vigilance. Watch
Terrorism tremble and fall under the weight of Vigilance.
The Beast of
Terror: tipped, hammered, defaced, smashed, stomped
9--Ethics Of War
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