Denial or The-Nile? (Often pronounced De-Nile) Psychologists often advise that it is the same thing; just a play on words. The Nile is the longest river in the world, granting life and power to all that surround the banks. The supremacy of this river was evident to all of the ancient people. Just as this river's power was evident to the ancient people, De-Nile existed when the power of the Pharaoh was collapsing. Both were evident, but one did not want to acknowledge the reality of the nearing end. Regardless of acknowledgement, the pharaohs' power ended. The kings of Egypt were not exempt from the snare of De-Nile.
Is the American public in the same category when it comes to a like Beslan attack occurring in the United States? Can we, as a society afford De-Nile? Let's take a look at current trends regarding mass violence, specifically focusing on our children occurring in the United States.
Columbine, the Amish School Shooting, Virginia Tech! These are just some of the most popularized school massacres. However, these acts of terrorism were all done by amateurs. The Beslan Massacre was conducted by trained Chechens terrorists who yielded over 390 people dead, and over 780 injured. Without being redundant and restating all of the facts of Beslan, I think it important that a few key points are highlighted.
The terrorist motive was to confront the domination of the Russian government over Chechnya. They meticulously picked a school in a quiet town and utilized the larger students to fortify their position, after which they killed them. They brutally raped and tortured girls. Russian Military Special Forces engaged the terrorist and they themselves suffered casualties. The stand off lasted for three days. The event will be embedded in history for lifetimes.
Bringing it in perspective, we know that the United States and its allies are in a global war on terrorism with Muslim radicals. Terrorist strikes are on the global increase. The terrorist motivation for conducting these acts of aggression, by their own words, is jihad - a religious war. Our brave soldiers have discovered school floor plans for schools in Virginia, Texas and New Jersey in Iraq. Furthermore, Bin Laden has promised that a like Beslan will happen to the U.S. many times over.
We also know that al Qaeda often launches five simultaneous terrorist attacks. This is a redundancy effort in which they believe only three of the five will actually take effect. We know the effects of September 11, 2001, to our country both morally and economically. However, imagine the effects of three Beslan style attacks being simultaneously conducted in the United States. This type of attack would shake America to the core. America's children, their prize possession, would be desecrated.
Current global events highlight terrorist sponsored countries. Being epigrammatic I will focus on one of these countries, Iran. The government promotes radical Islamic ideology and despises western values. Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has met with Hezbollah leader Hassa Nasrallah. Hezbollah receives approximately $100 million annually from Iran for funding. Iran has also supplied Hezbollah with a variety of military grade weapons, ranging from small arms to sophisticated explosives. Hezbollah's terrorist activity is highlighted below:
- 1983 Truck bomb killed 63 people at the United States Embassy in Beirut.
- 1983 241 United States Service men were killed in a Beirut airport by a suicide truck bomb attack.
- 1984 The northeast annex to the United States Embassy in Beirut was subject to a truck bomb killing 24 people.
- 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked by Hezbollah terrorists.
- 1992 Bombing at the Israeli Embassy in Argentina resulted to 29 killed.
- 1994 Bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aries, killing 85 people.
- 1996 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 19 United States soldiers were killed due to a truck bomb.