The 8 million people of New York City are braced for Terrorists.
Even though some may call Manhattan Terror Island, it is really
Vigilant Island. Find out how tough New Yorkers can
be when the Beast of Terror roars.
23, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 618
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
ZERO, New York City--Terror Island is the number one target for the
next Terror attack. This Memorial Day will be the second
time the city of eight million have turned the other cheek to Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency. And, I'll be one of
those who stands at the prow of the ship, telling the Terrorists to
get out of the way.
Last year, the Terrorists threatened
to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty (The Lady in
the Harbor is 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from
pedestal foundation to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot
index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds) and other icons that
stand as the doorway to freedom and opportunity.
in the grips of Terrorism's claws refused to come to NYC
Still in the grips of Terrorism's
claws, tens of thousands of tourists staved off a trip to the Big
Apple, nervous that their lives would be endangered.
I took a challenge from Mayor
Bloomberg that year, and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, hopped on
the ferry that took the brave of heart to the Statue of Liberty and
strolled through the thin crowds interviewing people on why they chose
to shove their heads into the jaws of the Beast of Terror.
To a person, their response was a
bold slap to Terrorism's face. "We can't show fear," one man
with his family told me. "I want our children to know you can't
be afraid of a bully."
It was an impressive day for me.
As a combat veteran with more than 100 forays into enemy territory
under my belt, I was familiar with the risk one takes to confront an enemy
whose goal in life is to stack up bodies and then boast about
them--regardless of whether they were women, children, innocents or
My belief in Vigilance was reinforced
that day, as it is today.
This is Fleet Week in Manhattan.
A swarm of American naval might
sailed up the Hudson River yesterday and are docked near the U.S.S.
Intrepid. The ships are open to public inspection and veterans of the recent war in Iraq
will be on hand.
But Terror Island stands defiant.
from the U.S.S. Shreveport's decks salute the site of the World
Manhattan Island has a population of
1.5 million, compared with 2.5 million in Brooklyn, 2.2 in Queens, 1.3
in the Bronx, and 444,000 in Staten Island. The five
boroughs make up New York City.
Terrorists like New York
because it has more than 550 miles of waterfront, 4,373 buses and
5,811 subway cars that travel over 656 miles of track and haul 1.3
billion passengers per year. Plus, there are more than
11,000 yellow cabs.
Getting in and out of the city
is not a tough task.
But striking Fear in New
Anyone who was in the city
immediately following the Terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 knows
the resolve of millions of people from all different backgrounds who
came together as one body, despite ethnic and cultural differences.
Terror Island became Vigilant
I sense the same strength
today, a year past.
New York is known to have
brass knuckles on its tongue, and often New Yorkers are accused of
being tough, calloused people.
have brass knuckles on their tongues
That may be partly true
in the daily hustle and bustle of getting from point A to point B, but
when it comes to the community being threatened by outside forces, the
brass knuckles shift from tongue to fists.
New Yorkers are ready for
anyone today who threatens Vigilance Island.
While they may not have
all take the Pledge of Vigilance we offer, I believe they've taken
their own Pledge of Vigilance by remaining in the city.
The millions of people
who live and work in the city have a choice not to. They
all know the Terrorists are just street bullies, seeking to spread
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
Terror Island may be open
territory for Terrorists, but the inhabitants of the island aren't.
When push comes to shove, the Terrorists will find New Yorkers
Sentinels of Vigilance, and Terror Island a brass knuckled rock more
appropriately called Vigilant Island.
22--American Idol of Terrorism or Vigilance
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