How does water wash Terrorism down the drain. Perhaps it is
purity over stagnation, or Hope over Dismay.
5, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 692
The Monsoon Of Vigilance--Washing
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 5,
2003-- Sheets of water poured from buckets in the sky over New
York City yesterday. It was as though the Sentinels of Vigilance
above were washing the blood of Terrorism from the City's streets.
sheets of rain cleansed the blood of Terrorism
powerful storm, the skies roared thunder, lightening
cracked with ferocity .............
I have been in Southeast
Asia's monsoon country, where it seemed the sky opened and rivers of
water flooded down for weeks and months, turning my flesh into ghostly
white wrinkles that peeled as the flesh of the dead in the hot sun.
I thought of the monsoons yesterday as I stood in front of
the New York City VA Hospital, watching literal sheets of water
coursing downward with such power that visibility was no more than a
Above, the skies rolled thunder and cast shards of
incandescent lightening, cracking so loudly that people jumped and
hugged the side of the building.
It was torrential rain, uncommon for city folk to witness, a
spectacle of Nature's ability to control and rule despite all the
efforts of humans to tame and ride and master the earth.
I listened to the thunder and lightening as someone might
bend their ear to the sweet notes of Braham or Bach, savoring each
crescendo as though it might be the last ever heard.
rain-laden clouds near Hue, Vietnam reminded me of the Great
Force of Nature
Not a religious man by
doctrine, I am by experience. When the skies open and
Nature makes Her presence to all the earthlings below in a tumultuous
storm, I am humbled. I remind myself that I and all humans
are mere ants, and that above, in control of all is a Great Force so
powerful it can rip the earth into pieces, separating it from quakes
within, or, deluge it with so much liquid that all man's and woman's
structures end up floating off into the sea, to be swallowed by the
force of flood.
And, despite all the power of Nature to erupt with such
magnitude that no one on earth can control or manage, I don't see the
wrath of Nature as Terroristic, evil, or driven by some nefarious
Nature is the 'cleaner', the housekeeper of the earth.
She will deliver upon the earth what it needs, feed its
parched deserts, rearrange its mountains, shift its continental
shelves, split its continents, and, if necessary, melt its poles.
Vietnam Vet shared with me the rain reminds him he is clean
I was standing under an
eve with another Vietnam Vet. He looked out and said: "I
love the rain. It cleans the world. It reminds me I am
I thought about his comment.
People were drenched, bucking the hard winds that drove
the pelts of water into their faces, soaking every thread of their
clothing. Some unsuccessfully tried to fool the rain by covering
themselves with garbage bags, others walked without protection, hands
raised as though praying to the skies, honoring the power of Nature.
I thought about all the turmoil between humans--the
wars and battles waged by mankind in an attempt to seek dominance over
the earth, or their particular patch of it. How futile it
ultimately is to try to amass power when the earth itself can heave
off its back like a wild stallion any who tries to ride it, to break
it, to tame it.
The rains in
Vietnam purified the ground and washed away the blood of battle
like yesterday's rainstorm cleansed Ground Zero
Still, sophomorically, we humans try to manage the earth, to
make it bend to our will. We build our great structures near the
water to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, only to have the buildings
battered, shaken and often swept away by the earth's stretching and
I thought of Ground Zero, the scene of thousands of deaths
dealt by those who sought to overpower the earth with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
The rain washed away the blood of their acts, purifying the
earth, reminding us that our acts of violence against one another are
meaningless in the greater scope of things. No one
truly rules anything. No ideology wins over another. No
politics is greater than another when the earth belches, when the sky
falls, when the winds howl and drive all us all into caves of shelter
hoping to escape the might of Nature.
monsoon rains tempered the war
Nature is the
ultimate Sentinel of Vigilance
I thought about Nature being the ultimate
Sentinel of Vigilance. She stands above all the turmoil,
reminding us that our little plans, our little designs evaporate when
the sandstorms hurl tiny chunks of sand like bullets into our faces,
or the great rivers swell and sweep the land away, or the core of the
earth boils and cleaves the earth into crumbling pieces.
We forget that only a few thousand years ago the earth
went dark, turning to ice, wiping out all that was as though Nature
had some incredible eraser and decided to renew the canvass with
What makes us think we are so powerful as to act like
Terrorists make a vainglorious attempt. They try
to blow up the earth, to rearrange the structure of society with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency. But they always fail. Nature
is not always violent weather.
rain was washing away Terrorism
Nature always conquers the "evil," the "corrupt," that
which tries to defy it. Human beings, whether admitting it
or not, are controlled by the veins of Nature. Ultimately,
the Parents of Vigilance rise above the Terrorists, and conquer the
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that tries to rule them.
That is happening today.
Nature's rain yesterday was
washing away Terrorism. Nearly three inches of it fell from the
sky on New York City. I saw it - I felt it - cleanse the
earth, and remind me that all Terrorism must bow to Nature.
Nature, I believe, is the author of the Pledge of
For those who understand Vigilance, understand Nature.
She will not allow the children to be taken from her breast. She
will not allow the winds of humanity to challenge her. Her
lightening and floods will sweep Terrorism out to sea.
Purity, like the rain, will rule. If...we are Vigilant.
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