Yesterday was Saddam Hussein's 66th birthday. Or, his first
"death day." But can Terrorism die? Can evil be
killed? Or, does it reform and resurrect itself?
What can we do to insure Vigilance rules over Terrorism?
29, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 594
Celebrating Saddam Hussein's
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, NEW YORK, NY--Yesterday
was Saddam Hussein's birthday. It may also have been his "Death
Day.” If it was, it represented not the end of Terrorism, but simply
the elimination of one of the Great Beasts of Terror, and,
unfortunately, the signal that another Great Beast of Terror was being
born somewhere else. Saddam's ghost lives, dead or alive.
The "Ghost of
was born sixty-six years ago, in Tikrit, Iraq, on April 28, 1937.
Today, the world waits to confirm he is alive or dead. Some claim he
was killed during the first U.S. attack on Baghdad. Others proffer he
escaped but was wounded and now may be dead as a result. Others
boast he is a "Ghost of Terrorism," alive in the minds of neo-Husseins,
waiting to haunt the world as so many past Terrorists have done
through their Legacies of Horror such as Hitler’s modern skinheads, or
the rise in Imperialism among the youth in Japan.
The swamp of Terrorism is full of footprints of past tyrants.
One giant boot print Saddam followed in his quest to rule his world
was cemented by Adolph Hitler, born on April 20, 1889. Hitler was 48
years old when Saddam let out his first cry of life and marshalling
Germany to take over the world. He was teaching Saddam how to use
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency to make a nation kneel, and to
frighten the rest of the world into a state of Complacency. For no
one back then, as with Iraq, wished to challenge the Beast of Terror
until it was too late.
Even with history’s backbone clearly filleted, France, Germany
and Russia hedged on using the club to pound the Beast into
submission. America, Britain and Australia stood the fight alone.
Both Saddam and Adolph Hitler likely died ignoble deaths. If
dead, Saddam is probably buried under tens of thousands of pounds of
rubble, the result of massive U.S. surgical bombs zeroed in on his
suspected locations. Hitler, it is assumed, is buried in some
unmarked grave, deep in some secret bunker, his bones mulch, nutrients
for the spawning of new breeds and strains of Terrorism. A week ago
his fanatical followers cheered his birthday, a signal that death has
little do with ending anything, and often means the birth of the next
Birthday present last year
a few hundred of his followers celebrated Saddam’s birthday in his
hometown even while U.S. forces continued their lavations to purge his
memory and tyrannical twenty-three-year rule. Democracy of some
variation is now being shoved down the Iraqi’s throats, an attempt to
change hundreds of years of non-secular, religious and imperialistic
All is not well in Iraq. The footprints of Terrorism are not
easily covered over by U.S. tank tread
Another is now threatening freedom from one form of despotism.
Religious leaders are seeking to control the country, to bring it
under Islamic rule as Iran is. U.S. officials fear that instead of
serving the will of the people, the nation may ultimately fall under
the rule of religious ideology since the majority, more than 60
percent, of Iraqis are religious based Islamics. A religious state,
America claims, is just another form of tyranny.
Birthdays, however, are supposed to be celebrations, times of
renewal, events worthy of looking at lessons learned in the past so
that directions in the future can be navigated.
So it is the case with Saddam’s birthday. Dead or alive,
Saddam Hussein forces us to ask on the anniversary of his birth a key
global question: "Can Terrorism Die?"
It didn't when Adolph Hitler died.
Or, when Genghis Khan was buried in a secret grave and herds of
horses galloped over it to insure no one knew where the famed leader's
Death seems have little impact on Terrorism’s growth through
history. For example, when we in America execute serial killers, or
mad persons who issue violence upon the innocent, crime doesn't stop
dead in its tracks. Terrorism of one person against another doesn't
seem to screech to a halt because we carve out the Terrorist’s hearts
and eat them in front of thousands.
Feeding Christians to the lions didn’t do much either to quash
So what does death do then to harness Terrorism, if at all?
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arrest, prosecution and trial of the "criminals" listed on the 55
cards American troops have been issued to identify the "Most Wanted"
war criminals of Iraq serve to abate Terrorism?
If history is any indices, bloody justice will probably have
no impact in stopping the next Terrorist’s birth or growth. We will
be punishing the result of Terrorism, not its source. We will be
smashing the rotten fruit from the tree, not digging up the mutant
seeds about to grow into twisted Trees of Terrorism. Our attempt to
punish the Terrorists is more Vengeance than Vigilance. Vigilance is
what one does to stop something before it happens, while Vengeance is
what one does to seek retribution for acts already taken.
Saddam’s birthday suggests that Terrorism is endemic to human
beings. It reminds us that even the lessons of Nazi Germany don’t
apply to modern man, for if they did, the world would have long ago
stomped on Saddam’s head, and would have pulled the rug from under Kim
Jong Il, and then hunted down all the despots of the world to remove
them from power over the powerless.
But the world ignores Terrorism until it flares and enflames.
It condones man’s inhumanity to man, tolerates it as a father or
mother an errant child, hoping that the incorrigible youth might
redeem himself or herself, but knowing down deep that is virtually
Terrorism appears to sit on a throne next to civilization's
"gods and doers of good," roosting in shadows of our saints, cleaved
to the good of humankind like an extra thumb; unable to be removed
because each time it is amputated another replaces it.
This constant regeneration makes a good case for the
Immortality of Terrorism.
It is a reminder to a TerrorHunter that the point of the
Sword of Vigilance is a key weapon necessary to stunt Terrorism’s
growth so it remains in swaddling clothing, unable to evolve into
adolescence and then adulthood.
As difficult as it is to control Terrorism, it is equally
difficult to stop the growth of Vigilance.
In Biblical history, Herod tried to keep Jesus from toppling
his Terror-managed domain by killing all the first-born baby boys of
Bethlehem. As the despotic ruler of the land, Herod feared a prophecy
that stated a Messiah was to deliver Israel from foreign rule in the
seventy-seventh generation from Creation. Thus, he ordered the
deaths of all newborn boys, age 2 or under. According to legend,
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was told about his plan and fled to
Egypt. As Herod was unable to stop the growth of Good, so might all
efforts of Good to deconstruct Evil be just as vainglorious.
To some, the futility to erase Terrorism's presence may seem
fatalistic, self-defeating, especially in the wake of the Iraq War
where so much blood was spilled in hopes of burying Terrorism in a
grave from which it could not rise.
bound by opposing forces
and science, however, remind us that for life to exist there must be
both positive and negative forces at play at all times. Mechanically,
the world is held together by gravity. Gravity is nothing more than
the interplay of pushes and pulls, the chasing of the proton (positive
+) and the electron (negative -) around the molecule.
Existence--all matter, all life, all things--are chemically
bound by opposing forces. It is the glue of Terrorism vs. Vigilance,
the force of Good vs. Bad, Right opposing Wrong, Profit challenging
Loss, Life struggling with Death, Dawn swallowed by Night, Man living
with Woman, Rich contrasting Poor and Saints being enshrined to shadow
the deeds of Sinners that comprise the universe as we know it, the
place where conflict creates the sparks of evolution, and all species
struggle for dominance from extinction.
It can be said with little argument then that existence is
about the constant battle between Terrorism (-1%) and Vigilance (+1%),
illustrated in its most simply by one's thoughts that constantly
wrestle with the “best choice”--"Should I do this or do that? Which
is the right choice. Am I worthy or unworthy? Am I as good as or as
bad as? What is right versus wrong?"
the dark side
of Terrorism are planted in the human mind when one comes up with more
negative than positive choices about himself or herself, about life,
about the purpose of human beings on earth, and the role we all play
in the evolution of ourselves and the children.
When these negatives accrue, the Triad of Terrorism takes
control. The Triad is composed of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency. It is the presence of these negative forces of human
emotions, the dark side that drives the human being out of the
sunshine into the caves, that turns light into darkness. The Triad
becomes the viscera of the closet we looked into as children in our
bedrooms, wary that out of the shadows might erupt some beast, some
creature of the night.
To rid ourselves of such Terrorism back then, we needed to
flip on the lights, or rush into our mother's or dad's arms for
comfort, or, simply pull the covers over our heads and pray that the
Beast of Night wouldn't eat us before we fell asleep, shivering, alone
with our own demons.
As we grew up, we shed our childish fears, or thought we
did, stuffing them deep in our minds. We pretended the Terror was
childish, that it was immature. But, we found that the demons still
existed, disguised in different forms.
became our self worth
bogeymen became our self worth—sparked by such questions as: “Were we
good enough, smart enough, worthy enough for all the things we tried
to do? Or, were we less than our dreams and ambitions, failures and
nihilists at heart, willing to surrender to the ruts of life?
Pledge of Vigilance to
deal with Terrorism
birthday challenges us to face the question: “What do we do to live
with Terrorism each and every day? How do we deal with its
permanence in our lives?”
The answers aren’t simple. Do we shrug it off as acts of
violence by individuals and states, by despots and madmen from which
we, as individuals are either exempt or powerless to stop? Or, do we
rally our individual forces to stand up against Terrorism in a firm
battle that we can pass on to our children, and their Children's
Children's Children so we can curb Terrorism’s growth, restrain its
permutations through time?
No one may have the one exact answer, but one thing is
sure—action versus inaction is necessary. To not act in some way
against Terrorism is an act of Complacency. No one can “coast” on
the issue of Terrorism, for to “coast” one must move “downhill,” slide
into the quagmire of Complacency, be swallowed in the mush of
Inaction is, by nature, an action. It is a negative action,
allowing gravity to pull down any hope of climbing out of the
primordial ooze of Terrorism. Complacency is Terrorism’s crown
jewel, for Terrorism as a Beast feeds heartily on the hope people will
throw up their hands and admit they are powerless against it, thus
opening the doors to their homes, their hearts, their souls to Triad
The Vow of Vigilance, the Pledge of Vigilance is the most
positive step forward in stopping the growth of the Seeds of Terrorism
within one’s soul. The Pledge and Vow serves as the front-line
defense against our vulnerability to Terrorism's greatest
wrath—Complacency. of Vigilance.
celebrate Saddam's birthday in his hometown
Pledge is the proton (+1%) over the electron (-1%) that seeks to suck
us down into the Terrorism’s Beast Pit. Only when we hold up the
Shield of Vigilance by seeking One Percent more Courage than Fear, One
Percent more Conviction than Intimidation, and One Percent more Right
Actions than Complacency, can we stop the gravitas pull of Terrorism
on our thoughts, and actions.
Saddam’s birthday of Terrorism is an opportunity for us to
reflect on our birthday of Vigilance.
As Terrorism is born each day in a thousand different forms,
can we be born each day as Sentinels of Vigilance, standing ready to
fight our Fears, Intimidations and Complacencies with Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions for the future generations? If we know
each day Terrorism is born, then each day we do not plant new seeds of
Vigilance, we are letting Vigilance die and Terrorism grow. Like the
gardener who doesn’t weed the lawn, soon the crabgrass chokes out all
good grass, and a once lush garden is nothing but thorns and thistles.
It is easier for us to believe Saddam Hussein is dead than
to accept that he may be alive, that he may be spawning yet more brood
to walk in his footsteps. Denying Terrorism is much easier than
accepting the Beast of Terror lives within us, sleeping for the moment
and waiting for the right moment to explode. But, if Saddam
Hussein’s birthday is a message, it is a message that we cannot accept
If he was Terrorism incarnate, he will not die. He will rise
again, as all Terrorists rise, in different shapes and sizes. And,
as difficult as it may be, we must be willing to believe that within
us is some part of Saddam, some element of the collective self of all
humans that must be controlled. To think we are exempt of the Beast
of Saddam means we have no responsibility to manage Terrorism. To
accept the Neutron of Terrorism is as much a part of us as the Proton
of Vigilance, means we understand our duty to keep our guard to
protect not only ourselves from the Beast of Terror’s fangs, but also
our children, and their Children’s Children’s Children.
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It is easy for us to shed the blood of war, to wash our hands of
violence, and go about our lives on the grounds that TerrorHunting is
everyone else's job but ours.
But whose job is TerrorHunting? If Terrorism begins a home,
then it becomes the job of each parent, each relative, each uncle,
aunt, cousin, nephew, niece, brother, sister, grandparent to be a
A child who lives with unattended Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency never learns how to counter these TerrorThoughts. He or
she ends up stuffing them deep in his or her caves, and one day they
erupt in various ways. TerrorThoughts are a child’s worst enemy for
they depreciate the child into thinking he or she is less than, not as
smart as, not as loved as, not as worthy as, or, from another vista,
better than, or above others.
A Parent of Vigilance is aware that the Beast of Terror
thrives on children’s vulnerability. A Parent of Vigilance also
knows the Beast of Terror counts on a parent’s Complacency to not
sharpen the Sword of Vigilance each day by assuming his or her child
is “happy,” and “everything is all right.”
The Beast hopes the parent will forget to tuck in the child
at night, forget to tell it stories of Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions, forget to remind the child that he or she is loved, and that
it’s okay to be afraid, okay to feel sad, but not okay to keep feeling
that way, because there is this “Beast” that wants the child to feel
bad inside, and the child’s job is to fight that Beast, as all the
fairy tales tell about. And then hug the child and remind the child
the light switch always empties the closet of monsters.
We cannot sigh
relief the Beast of Terror is dead
Saddam’s birthday, we need to think like Protons of Vigilance, and not
Neutrons of Terrorism.
More importantly, we need to be reminded that on Saddam’s
birthday, another Terrorist is being born. And, on the next day,
another, and another.
We need to remind ourselves that we need to give birth to
Vigilance each day. We need to sharpen the Sword of Vigilance and
polish the Shield of Vigilance with the same passion the Beast of
Terror sharpens the Claws of Complacency, or his Fangs of Fear, or his
stretches his Shadow of Intimidation to fall on as many as possible.
Vigilance is born each day, just as Terrorism.
We can control its birth by taking the Vow of Vigilance, and
the Pledge of Vigilance.
When we do, we excite the Proton of Vigilance to take command
over the Neutron of Terrorism. We stop Terrorism’s growth with the
Pledge. We stunt it.
By taking the Pledge, we pass on the Legacy of Vigilance to
our society and our children. We help insure they grow up as
Sentinels of Vigilance, and not as Victims of Terrorism.
Take the Pledge of Vigilance today.
Celebrate the birth of Vigilance.
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