A Minute of Silence

February 13 2007 : Tuesday 

A Minute of Silence

                                                   Melanie P. Aldeon 

              Terrorism – one of the world’s biggest problems. What is it really? How do we know if such doing is an act of terrorism?

              The following acts constitute terrorism. (According to a bill proposed by a certain senator way back in 2003)

              1. Causing or attempting or threatening to cause the wanton destruction or loss of lives, liberties or properties through any means with the intent of sowing terror to the public, changing or impeding the operation of public utilities. or disturbing public peace and order whether internationally or domestically, or in the advancement of ideological, political, religious, ethnc, or cultist belief, or any form of belief espousing any cause or purpose.

              2. Using or attempting or threatening to use force with the aid of weapons, such as, but not limited to, biological or chemical agents, bombs or explosives, nuclear devices, firearms, poisonous substances, or any other kind of weapons of mass destruction with any of the intentions mentioned in paragraph 1.

              3. Assassinating or attempting or threatening to assassinate any national leader or any internationally protected individual with the end in view of obtaining any of the ends stated in paragraph 1.

              Let us remember the tragedy happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

              If you still can’t believe the horrifying scenes of 9/11, please observe a moment of silence for the 5,000 estimated civilian lives lost in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania attacks.

              After doing so, let’s have 13 minutes of silence for the 130,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 1991 by order of Pres. Bush Sr. have another moment to remember how Americans cheered in the streets because of this.

              Then, another 20 mnutes of silence for the 200,000 Iranians klled by Iraqi soldiers using weapons and money provided to a young Saddam Hussein by the Am,erican government before the great eagle turned all its power against Iraq.

              Another 15 minutes of silence for the Russians and 150,000 Afghans killed by Taliban troops who were supported and trained by the CIA.

              Plus 10 minutes of silence for 100,000 Japanese killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the atomic bombs dropped by the USA during WWII.

              We;ve just kept quiet for one hour: one minute for the Americans killed in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania , 59 minutes for their victims throughout the world.

              If you are still  in shock, let us remember the war between Vietnam and America. Take another hour of silence for all those killed during this time.

             Do you remember the massacre in panama in 1989? American troops attacked poor villagers, leaving 20,000 Panamanians homeless and thousands more dead.

             The millions of children who have died because of the USA embargoes on Iraq and Cuba.

             Someone may remember the USA attack on Baghdad where 18,000 civilians were killed. Did someone see it on CNN? Was there justice?

             Now, let’s talk about terrorism, shall we?   



  1. katigbak,karla elaine Said:

    I agree with your definition of terrorism and you have cite many examples that can demonstrate how terrorism destroy lives of the people.. for that, nice work melai..

  2. Irene Santos Said:

    nice terroristic definitions hehe well sana may element ng psychological probe sa utak ng isang terrorist….

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