The Trouble With Tribbles is that they always root out the Terrorists.
Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden best keep a wary eye for these Star
Trek bloodhounds. No matter how long a Terrorist tries to
hide from the Sentinels of Vigilance, one day they will be found out
and brought to justice. See how the Tribbles of
Vigilance can track down the worst Terrorist.
2, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 628
The Trouble With Tribbles:
They Hunt Down Terrorists
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, New York--June
2, 2003-- In 1966, Star Trek's 42nd episode featured a story called
the "Trouble With Tribbles." The Tribbles, furry little
creatures that reproduced at such a rate as to threaten the
Enterprise, become the heroes. A fancy wheat
(quadrotriticale for Trekkie fans), kept in K-7 storage bins, has been
poisoned. It's all a plot by the Terrorist Klingons, deep
space's "Beasts of Terror" who seek to rule the universe with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
The Tribbles, owned by Cyrano Jones, find
their way to the storage bin where the poison wheat is kept and begin
to die, revealing the plot. In a Colombo-like detective
hunt, Captain Kirk holds up a Tribble before each suspect, and when
the Tribble squeals and trills madly, it exposes the Terrorist who
happens to be the weasely assistant of the Federation Undersecretary
To retaliate, Captain Kirk beams the
Tribbles aboard the departing Klingon ship as Scotty, the chief
engineer says, "Where they'll be no Tribble at all."
Hunting down Terrorists is a lot like trying to
get rid of Tribbles.
It seems they are everywhere, and just when you
get rid of one, another pops up.
Like Tribbles, some Terrorists can hide in the
cracks and crannies of the world, burying themselves in the veins and
arteries of the world's body not unlike a cancer cell hiding from
chemotherapy, waiting for the storm to pass so it can pop up when
like the Klingons
But unlike Tribbles, Terrorists aren't nice,
furry, loveable creatures. They are much more like
Klingons, skulking on the edges of the universe in constant search for
cracks and fissures in the Federations defenses.
Getting rid of Terrorists may be as difficult for
the world as stopping the proliferation of the Tribbles.
Let's take a couple of examples.
First, the Unabomber. Theodore Kaczynski.
It took the FBI 18 years to root him living in a rundown cabin in Lincoln, Montana.
Kaczynski's Terrorism was launched against technology. His 16
letter bomb attacks over nearly two decades killed three people and
wounded 29. But the big message he sent was his ability to
evade capture. Only when his younger brother, David, tipped off
authorities was he finally captured.
Next is Eric Rudolph, who is alleged to have
bombed the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The 36-year-old
bombing suspect eluded police for five years. An
outdoorsman and former 101st Airborne-trained veteran, Rudolph hid out
in 500,000 acres of dense forest in North Carolina. FBI
and other law enforcement agencies used high tech snooper equipment,
bloodhounds and heat sensor helicopters to search for Rudolph
who is the prime suspect in two killings and the injury of more than
150 others in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala.
booked in Murphy N.C.
Rudolph is also suspected in the bombing of abortion
clinics, and, according to the U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft,
was America's most wanted fugitive.
Rudolph was arrested Saturday by a 21-year-old rookie
cop in a small town of 1,600 for rummaging through a garbage can.
He offered no resistance.
The precedent of the Unabomber, 18 years of
evasion, plus that of Rudolph, five years of dodging and weaving
authorities, leaves the door wide open to finding Osama bin Laden and
It may be as difficult as Captain Kirk
trying to get his hands around all the Tribbles.
In both the case of Rudolph and Kaczynski,
they lived in the "wilderness," among people who were less than
favorable toward any form of authority, and who may have supported the
In Rudolph's case, local communities have
issued support for him--many not condoning his violence, but agreeing
with his anger toward abortion. Some suggestions have been
made that local residents helped him elude authorities, although no
evidence of this has been presented.
This all conspires to the issue of the
Trouble With Tribbles. Can we ever rid the world of
Or, will they keep duplicating themselves?
It's been three years since Osama bin
Laden's hunt commenced. The recent attacks in Saudi Arabia
are credited to Osama.
Then, there's the issue of Saddam Hussein.
Is he alive or dead?
International news rumors held that he was
seen in his hometown a few weeks ago. Both Osama and
Hussein have many loyal allies more than capable of helping them
escape or hide from the most powerful "human hunting" sources.
Tribbles aboard Terrorist ships can stop Terrorism
We shouldn't forget also that the Unabomber
went "dark" for a number of years, then erupted with new forms of
Terror. From 1982 until May 1985, a three-year span, he did
nothing but plot. Again, in 1987 he stopped sending bombs
for six years and began again in 1993 until his capture in 1996.
Terrorism is a seething disease.
Like cancer cells, it can sit and wait patiently while it plots to
expose its fangs, waiting for the world or its victims to become
Complacent, to feel "safe."
It would be nice if we could
take Star Trek's Tribbles by the nap of the neck and hold them up to
Terror suspects and wait for them to trill and squeal, exposing either
the Terrorist or alerting us that a potential Terror attack was about
Unfortunately, we can't do that.
But there is a way the message of the
Tribbles can provide us with ways to protect ourselves against the
Terror of Terrorism.
If we accept the fact that the Osama
bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein's are always going to be hiding in the
shadows, perhaps with different faces and names, we won't think we're
safe when they are captured.
Putting the Unabomber behind bars
didn't stop Eric Rudolph from his violent agenda.
Attacking Osama or toppling Saddam
will not stop Kim Jong Il, or whomever follows him, from believing
that Fear, Intimidation and Complacency will be a hammer that can be
used to nail a populace or a world into frightening submission.
But, beaming Tribbles aboard the
Klingon ships can.
We can be like
the Tribbles and honor the Principles of Vigilance to root out the
Beast of Terror
If we look at the metaphor of the
Tribbles as Sentinels of Vigilance--little, innocuous furry creatures
who have the Courage, Conviction and take the Right Action in behalf
of the Children's Children's Children's--we are encouraged to believe
we need to keep our noses to the wind to sniff out Terrorists as the
Tribble did during the court martial conducted by Captain Kirk.
Terrorism will find the forests and
caves to hide, to duck and weave from the most modern technology
imaginable. Terrorists will find allies who support their
agendas of violence. Terrorists will always find some
niche, some crack, some tunnel or cave in which to hide and brew the
venom of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
But, if we think in terms of the
Tribbles of Vigilance, if we are willing to keep our noses to the
wind, keep our eyes alert, and to honor the Principles of Vigilance
that remind us to keep aware, to battle Fear with Courage, to beat
back Intimidation with Conviction, and to avoid Complacency by taking
the Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children, we
can always root out the Beast of Terror.
It might take us 18 years. It
might take five years.
But, if we are Vigilant, we will always
have the ability to beam the Tribbles aboard the Klingon of Terror's
We can always be Victorious with Vigilance.
If you're not sure, just ask the Tribbles.
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