|Article Overview: A
judge in Spain suggests that Europe has missed the "broad view" of
Terrorism. What does he mean? Is he talking about
the "missing link" between Terrorism and Vigilance?
What can we do to not stick our heads in the sand and allow the Beast
of Terror to eat our children next?
Monday, March 22,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 922
The Missing Link: The Broad Vision Of Vigilance
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 22, 2004 -- The world is full of
"missing links." The most famous is the link that
separates the "beasts" from the "humans," or that fragment of proof
that we--alleged intelligent, cognitive beings with a moral
conscience--evolved from tree-swinging apes.
The world is
full of "missing links"
Battles between science and religion keep
the rift open. Many people don't want to think human
beings may have their roots in the same primordial ooze as the
dinosaurs, rats, cockroaches, elephants, apes, crows, cobras and
mongooses of the world. There is a thirst among many to
elevate and isolate human beings as being "above" the evolution of
"beasts," cleaved from them by some "higher authority" who made the
world to serve the whim of humanity.
Terrorism presents a similar gap.
It challenges nations and states to recognize or refute that we--the
human beings of the world--are Terrorists who need to manage our
That means we must admit we are
descendents of the Beast of Terror, and that any one of us given us
certain conditions that trigger the "Beast Within" can turn into a
violent, unconscionable Terrorist willing and able to maim and murder
anyone who gets in the way of our mission.
That's a hard one for "civilized"
people to swallow.
No one's hands
are free of the blood of the past
Until, of course, they look at the history of war.
War is nothing more than organized Terrorism, conducted by every
nation at some point in their history and evolution.
No one's hands are free of the blood of the past.
But, in looking at the world today,
one might argue that most of the nation/states are doing their best to
distance themselves from Terrorism. They are seeking to
duck and hide. They don't want to step up to the
Terrorism plate and take a swing at the Beast of Terror's head.
Spain is one of these nations.
The Terrorist attack three days before the nation's election that
killed 202 and wounded 1,700 intimidated voters into shifting toward
an anti-war, anti-American candidate. The voters
wanted to sever the "Terrorist Link" between their nation and the
dangers of the Beast of Terror.
Europe wants to divorce itself
from TerrorHunting. Germany, France and other European
nations have hedged on the Iraq battleground for many reasons, the
most important being to stay low on the Terrorist radar--to not awaken
the Beast of Terror's wrath against them.
They want to deny the "Terror
Link" between themselves and the Terrorists. They don't want to
admit that most Terrorism uses Europe as a breeding and recruiting
NY Times, there is a powerful story
on Europe's role in battling Terrorism. The following quote from
the piece illustrates the danger of looking at Terrorism with a blind
|"There is an enormous amount of information,
but much of it gets lost because of the failures of
cooperation," Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish investigative judge,
said in an interview. "We are doing maybe one-third of what we
can do within the law in fighting terrorism in Europe. There is
a lack of communication, a lack of coordination, and a lack of
any broad vision." (From the New York Times)
Judge Garzon is quick to
zero in on the real issue--"lack of any broad vision."
Europe is divided by many borders, languages and cultures.
Hunting Terrorism throughout its diverse systems of government is not
an easy task, but the bigger issue is "lack of broad vision."
Garzon is playing an important role in uncovering Al-Qaeda
It is clear that the "broad vision" is the need
for all citizens of all nations to become Sentinels of Vigilance.
It is clear the "broad vision" is that Terrorism is not going to go
away, or give amnesty to Europe because its people decided to duck and
The "missing link" Europe hopes
not to find is the link that defines their cultures just as much a
Terrorist as the Terrorist themselves. When one plays into
Terrorism's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, one becomes what one
Fears. To be Terrorized by Terrorism is to be a
Terrorist. It means we stop fighting back, we stop
battling the Beast and let it eat us and our children. By
allowing ourselves to be ingested by Terrorism, we are digested by it.
We become the Beast who consumed us. We are absorbed into the
That's the "broad vision" that
Judge Garzon is eluding to. Terrorism is not just a
nation/state issue, but a citizen issue. Each citizen of
each state of each nation must make a stand to either defy Terrorism
by becoming a Sentinel of Vigilance or being consumed by it through
Fear, Intimidation or Complacency.
There is no ducking and weaving
from Terrorism. There never has been in the history of human
evolution, and there never will be.
Humans inherit from the
Beasts the primal nature. No matter how civilized we
attempt to become, we cannot shun that part of our being.
We cannot deny it. But, we can recognize it and manage it.
This requires that we
become Sentinels of Vigilance. This requires that we see
not only in ourselves but in others the potential for the Beast of
Terror to rule. We owe it to our children to prepare them for
their own battles with the Beast waged from within, as well as those
waged from without.
What one thinks of one's
self dictates how one thinks of others.
to act as Nations of Vigilance
When a Terrorist looks at
others, he or she sees them as tools to use to liberate themselves as
martyrs. They do not see the duty or responsibility
of a Sentinel of Vigilance to the safety and security of the
Children's Children's Children, for if they did, they would not
perform senseless acts of violence upon others for any reason.
Today, nations are ducking the duty of being Nations of
Vigilance. They are not encompassing the "Broad View" that links
us all to the Beast of Terror, and admits our need to manage that
Beast with Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for future
We need to capture the "missing
link" of Vigilance and install it in the gap between our view of
Terrorism and our duty to Vigilance.
The evolution of our children
depends on us forming a bridge that they can travel with safety when
their own Beast roars, and one that can support their families and the
families of others when the collective Beast roars.
What we can't allow is indifference
to the gap to suggest or imply that there is safety in ducking and
weaving, or insulation in Complacency from the wrath of the Beast.
We need to
bear our Swords and Shields of Vigilance
We need to bear our Swords and Shields of Vigilance to let the
Beast know we have the "Broad Vision," that we are not ignoring the
"missing link" so that when he tries to sneak up and attack, he
will be met with Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that will drive
him back to the primordial ooze from whence he came.
Arm yourself with the Missing
Link today--take the Pledge of Vigilance.
The War On Terrorism: A Vigilant View