Citizen's log 09/11/11
As the search for General Terror continues, Citizens begin to question the decision to wage war against him ten years ago.
Victory, like General Terror, is nowhere to be seen. According to a Gallup poll, Americans' views today on who is winning the war are the same as they were in October 2001.
Major Confusion, a key member of General Terror's senior command, is largely blamed for the setbacks. From the crackdown on the Uighurs in China, to the controversial anti-terror legislation in the UK and the US, Major Confusion continues to blur the battle-lines of the War on Terror.
The whole search for General Terror has been plagued by controversy from the outset. The United Nations Office on Drugs & Crimes and the former head of British Intelligence service MI5 are among the sources to criticise the whole concept of a War on Terror, and the subjectivity surrounding General Terror's identity.
Now, 10 years after the tragic events of 9/11, concerned Citizens around the world are renouncing our roles in the War on Terror. It has emerged that it is neither General Terror nor Major Confusion who is the real enemy, but a low-ranked officer, Private Error.
Private Error has has been spotted thousands of times since 9/11, but he continues to fuel the fire of fear between us.
Citizens, it is now time to declare our own war, The War on Error. The War on Terror, which President Bush once said was 'a task that does not end', is finally over.
The War on Error is a non-violent campaign to rid the world of media and political misinformation. It is a war against the mistruths of Weapons of Mass Destruction, a battle against Dodgy Dossiers, a fight against General Terror's terms 'Muslim Terrorist' and 'Axis of Evil.'
Our strategy must be sound - Private Error is a dangerous enemy. He will willingly use our lack of knowledge against us, feeding on our apathy to further his own specious agenda.
Sun Tzu in 'The Art of War', stated that the most effective strategies are ones that transform our enemies into allies.
The War on Error will have a strategy based on facts: to search out different perspectives to our own: to question, discern and discriminate. Before we face the enemy, we must first have the tools of discernment to make informed decisions about the issues that effect our lives.
But the War on Error will also have a non-violent strategy. Mohandas K Gandhi, said
'Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.'
Gandhi's Satyagraha, 'the force of love or truth which is born out of non-violence,' was born on September 11th in 1906. This non-violent movement, born on 9/11, has helped free over 3.3 billion people in the last 100 years. A noble strategy for the War on Error.
By arming ourselves with these weapons - Weapons of Mass Instruction - we strengthen our capacity to find and confront Private Error. We will not defeat the enemy, we will listen to him, confront his mistruths, transform his heart with love and compassion, and embrace him as our ally.
But first we must find him. We need to enlist more soldiers to join the War on Error. If you think you spot any signs of Private Error - on Twitter, in the classroom, the board room, or the mirror - arm yourself with Weapons of Mass Instruction, and share your corrections with the hashtag #WarOnError. Join the War on Error: Your Citizens need you!
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