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Art Callaham: An ominous act of terror

October 06, 2012|By Art Callaham

I am worried about our nation and specifically, in recent days, about our president’s welfare. First let me say I did not vote for Mr. Obama in the 2008 election and I do not intend to vote for him in 2012; the current president and I have many differences associated with politics and ideology. All that said, he is our president, commander in chief and arguably the leader of the free world. So in spite of my political or ideological bent, he is still “the man.”

Several times in my past I have personally sworn allegiance to our Constitution and those leaders appointed over me. The president of the United States is the top leader reflected in that oath and unless the president violates our Constitution I have always sworn to defend or protect our president and his office. Regardless of any difference I may have with our president, I would gladly take and execute that oath again today — ’nuf said about “differences” and “allegiance.”

On Sept. 11, 2012, a group of Libyan, Arab or Islamic terrorists symbolically assassinated our president when they actually murdered his ambassador, Minister Plenipotentiary J. Christopher Stevens. Yes, this is a case of “symbolic assassination” on a symbolic date and actual murder that may have taken place on American soil.

Let me explain — first, symbolic assassination. The Concise Encyclopedia, online, makes the following statement about the concept of ambassadors: The “highest-ranking diplomatic representative of one government to another or to an international organization. As formally defined and recognized at the Congress of Vienna (1815), ambassadors were originally regarded as personal representatives of their country’s chief executive rather than of the whole country, and their rank entitled them to meet personally with the head of state of the host country.

“Since 1945, all nations have been recognized as equals, and ambassadors or their equivalents are sent to all countries with which diplomatic relations are maintained. Before the development of modern communications, ambassadors were entrusted with extensive powers; they have since been reduced to spokespeople for their foreign offices.”

Notwithstanding the reduced powers, when on foreign soil, meeting face-to-face with a duly appointed ambassador, you are symbolically face-to-face with the head of state of the country that appointed the ambassador. Those terrorists symbolically assassinated our head of state when they murdered his ambassador. Don’t make it complex, it is just this simple: Can’t reach “the man.” then murder the next best and nearest thing — his ambassador.

Symbolic date: By murdering J. Christopher Stevens on the 11th anniversary of what most terrorists believe to be the date of their greatest victory over the forces of evil — the United States of America. Those terrorists sent a strong statement, at least from my perspective. A statement we should not ignore or call “a bump in the road.”

Is the number 11 symbolic? Before I write more, let me declare: 1. I’m not an alarmist. 2. I’m not an expert on symbolism, Arab culture or all that is going on in the Middle East. 3. I am merely an opinion writer with 30 years of military intelligence experience on the fringe.

Yes, there may be symbolism to the number 11: If 10 marks the perfection of divine order, then the number 11 is an addition to it, subversive of and undoing that order. If 12 is the number which marks the perfection of divine government, then 11 falls short of it. So that whether we regard 11 as being 10 plus one, or 12 minus one, it is the number that marks disorder, disorganization, imperfection, and disintegration.

Could those terrorists have been telling us about disorder, disorganization and disintegration of our nation? Well, I don’t know. I just hope our government knows and protects our president. Given the recent adventure in South America by our Secret Service, maybe a little forewarning is in order.

And finally, just plain murder on our own soil — the grounds of any nations’ embassy or consulate is that nation’s sovereign territory. Although the “crime scene” may now be tainted and spoiled, early reports seem to indicate that our ambassador was murdered on American consulate grounds and therefore sovereign U.S. soil.

Assassination and murder, whether symbolic or actual, call for a quick and lethal response. As a nation we cannot allow terrorists to become emboldened by symbolic actions leading to new attacks within our borders. The war on terror is not over and calling a terrorist act an “out of control mob” will not end it.


Art Callaham is a community activist and president of the Washington County Free Library Board of Trustees.

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