How does the disease of SARS compare to the disease of Terrorism?
Are they parallel, or is SARS more dangerous ultimately than
Terrorism? Find out which is most lethal to the future of
the world's health.
28, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 593
Invisible Enemy Terrorizes World,
Calls Itself "Beast of SARS"
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, NEW YORK, NY--There's a new Beast of
Terror taking root in town, offering a far greater threat with its
weapons of mass destruction than Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong Il could
imagine. It's called The Beast of SARS or "Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome," (SARS).
The disease is stealing headlines from
Osama, Saddam and Kim Jon Il. And, it may ultimately be
far more devastating than any Terror attack one could imagine.
Children practice ballet with masks
bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at major airports have given
way to hunting for the SARS Terrorist. New thermal image
monitoring devices are being installed in Canada's Toronto and
Vancouver airports to detect a person with a fever--an early sign of
SARS infection. In Israel, visitors from SARS-attacked
countries such as Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, are detained
and their temperatures taken before allowing them entrance.
Taiwan Premier Yu Shyi-kun quarantines for 10
days all Taiwanese citizens returning from China, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Vietnam and Canada. He's banned all visitors
from those countries, which are considered to be hot spots for the
virus that has no cure as yet.
"Fighting the epidemic is like fighting a war,"
he said. "We are facing an invisible enemy."
China, the apparent source of the viral disease,
reports 2,914 infected by SARS. The World Health Organization
says the figure worldwide is 5,200. Approximately six
percent of all those infected die. So far the economic impact of
the disease on economies that rely on travel to boost revenues is
estimated to be $30 billion and rising.
More than 300 deaths have been reported so far,
with more expected as the infection spreads.
On April 16, European scientists announced that they had
demonstrated that the agent responsible for SARS is a
coronavirus never detected before the current outbreak. In
experiments on monkeys at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands, researchers showed that the new coronavirus alone
can cause SARS.
hand washing helps prevent SARS
SARS usually starts out
with a low-grade fever around 100.4F and sometimes includes chills,
headaches, a general feeling of discomfort and body aches--similar to
the flu. An infectious disease, it can be passed on by sneezing
and person-to-person contact. It may also spread through contact with
infected feces. Prevention includes avoiding crowded areas
and frequent hand washing.
(Sophia Story On Washing Hands).
SARS, on the
heels of the Iraq War, signals a message of great Vigilance to every
nation on earth. The message keys the need for world unity
against a common enemy, one who threatens the security of the Children
and their Children's Children's Children. It is summed up by
General Gro Harlem Brundtland, World Health Organization Director.
"We have a chance to do it now (solve the SARS epidemic) if we work
together globally, across the countries."
General Brundtland's cry for universal aid to
fight the disease of SARS is the same call to action the world needs
to hear in regards to Terrorism. Both are infectious
diseases. Both threaten the future of the world in their own
Like SARS, Terrorism is an "invisible enemy." It
slips into our thoughts, creating pus pockets of Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency. It weakens our Vigilance Immune System
when we don't counter its intrusion. If we don't take our
Vigilance Medicine, that is, retake the Vow of Vigilance, we forget to
remember how to defend against it and it corrupts our actions, pitting
us against one another, turning us back into the Beasts of Past, when
we sought to club one another with disregard to achieve selfish rather
than selfish goals.
The Virus of
Afflicted by the Fever of
Terrorism, we begin to believe, for example, we are powerless over the
ills and problems of the world, that we are trapped in mundane ruts
or, we are nails and everyone else is the hammer. Our dreams
grind into nightmares and our desires to evolve are smashed into dust
until we accept things "as they are, for what they are," and snarl and
growl at what "things could be" for the world, it seems, trounces upon
us and tears our hopes into shreds.
the Fever of Terrorism, we become hopeless
Like SARS, the Disease
of Terrorism weakens our will, and drives us into states of Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency until we feel we are grains of sand of a
huge beach, faceless creatures flowing on the whims of life's tides,
ebbing and flooding with no sense of control to our own destiny.
We become what many call, "the masses," and sheep our way through
life, waiting for the shepherd to manage us.
Under the Beast of Terror's attack, we think
little of conjuring our Courage, or bolstering our Convictions, or
making every thought and action to the benefit of the Children's
Children's Children. Terrorism's disease does its best to
cut our legs from beneath us, to crippled or limit our will and desire
to rise above the common, to excel in spite of our limitations.
It infects our global thinking.
France, it was recently revealed, was
sending Saddam briefing documents on the U.S. impending attack days
prior to the U.S. invasion. France, it should be
remembered, voted in favor of the U.N. Resolution 1441 authorizing
force against Iraq should it not comply with weapons inspectors, and
then led the charge against the U.S. to force Saddam to emasculate his
weapons of mass destruction.
This is the SARS of Terrorism.
It exists in North Korea today, with the threat
of nuclear weapon production.
SARS is Terrorism in another form. We
call upon nations to cooperate with the World Health Organization, to
pool resources to fight it, to find a cure for its assault on our
young, our old, and everyone in between.
But what do we do about
We treat it also as an epidemic.
We say we must cut it out, isolate it, eliminate
it or it will spread. But, we forget it is invisible and a
virus. We forget it bounces around inside us all like a cancer
cell, waiting to be released.
The antidote for Terrorism is Vigilance,
but we don't shout that out to the world. We wait until the
Terrorist starts killing people, or threatens to kill them, before we
act. We wait for Kim Jong Il to tell us he's going to
manufacture weapons of mass destruction before we stand up and say,
"No, you're not."
We wait for the epidemic to boil over
before we rush to turn the burner down.
Vigilance, on the other hand, is all about
neutralizing, or giving an antidote to Terrorism, daily so that it
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--the
Viruses of Terrorism--can only be assaulted successfully by the
Sentinels of Vigilance--Courage, Conviction and Right Action in behalf
of the Children's Children's Children.
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nations, states, countries, and people across all borders treat
Terrorism as a disease of the mind, as they do SARS a disease of the
body, will we eventually curb and control the Terrorism epidemic.
When a Parent or Citizen of Vigilance vows to
fight his or her internal Beast of Terror Daily, by recognizing the
presence of the Beast of Terror in his or her thoughts, and offers a
willingness to combat it, to overcome its thirst to weaken the human
spirit, to abuse others, or to allow itself to be abused by others,
will Terrorism be contained.
You can start your process of inoculation
against the SARS of Terrorism today.
Take the Pledge of Vigilance.
Live by the Principles of Vigilance.
Pass the Principles of Vigilance on to your
children and loved ones to insure the future's safety from the Beast
Let SARS remind you that there is a
disease, a pestilence far more dangerous to the soul of humanity than
any disease is to its body--and that is the disease of Complacency.
Stand up for Vigilance.
Take the Vow of Vigilance today.
27--Charlton Heston Fighting For Vigilance
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