21, 2002—Ground Zero Plus
One Out Of Many
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, July 21--It
is Sunday, a day of Vigilance. Three-hundred and twelve days
from Ground Zero.
Yesterday, around noon, one of the Con
Edison power stations blew up.
The explosion and black towers of smoke
roiling in the blue sky sent shocks through the city. Women
ran from playground with their children, unsure what was happening.
I grabbed my cell and called to find out
what it was.
No Terrorists--just Terrorism.
The aftermath of Nine Eleven is like being
raped, one woman told me. "You never trust anyone again, or
The violation to our security puts everyone
on edge, especially those of us who witnessed first-hand the horror of
Fortunately, the explosion was not
precipitated by anyone. It was just a flaw.
Nevertheless, it signaled the
fragility of a city, millions of people who were affected.
Anywhere where an explosion occurs
the thought of Terrorism somersaults to the surface.
Even helicopters bring out the fear.
A man was arrested the other day for
shooting his rifle at a helicopter that settled down near his house.
He told police he thought it was a Terrorist attack. The
helicopter pilot had illegally landed to pick up a business friend.
He was cited for violating flying regulations by landing in a
To me, the idea of Vigilance is not
solitary. Vigilance to be truly exercised, must be a community
effort, representing more than one individual's actions or reactions to a
The nearly 3,000 souls who hover over
the World Trade Center and Pentagon, representing our Sentinels of
Vigilance, do not act alone. They combine their six thousand eyes,
and six thousand ears, and three thousand noses to sniff, look and listen
for the approaching figures of Terrorism.
Yesterday, a city of millions stood
at attention, waiting, listening, hearing, smelling the air.
Unity is the key to Vigilance, while
solitary reaction is a vigilante act. Terrorism is about
separating us from the flock, stranding us alone with our Fears,
Intimidations and Complacencies.
Vigilance unites us. We
combine our Courage, our Conviction and our Right Actions to make a wall
of protection around our children. We protect the highest
order of life--not ourselves, but the future generations from the Fears
Terrorism brings as its weapons.
Today, if we all remember to
band together, to support one another, to urge each of us to become
Citizens of Vigilance, Parents of Vigilance.
Acting as one together is the key.
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