Betrayal - By the Terrorists Within

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I have seen the well-hidden prejudices disguised with civility and charity. I have seen the smiles that deceive and betray, and heard the guarded words of obligatory tolerance and harmony. And I have seen the assaults and heard the insults. I have seen the betrayal – by the terrorists within. I have felt the treachery and tasted the vulgarity of insurrection and sedition in the very halls of our democracy.

BETRAYAL - BY THE TERRORISTS WITHIN

By Al Garcia

I have seen the well-hidden prejudices disguised with civility and charity.  I have seen the smiles that deceive and betray, and heard the guarded words of obligatory tolerance and harmony.  And I have seen the assaults and heard the insults.  I have seen the betrayal – by the terrorists within.  I have felt the treachery and tasted the vulgarity of insurrection and sedition in the very halls of our democracy.  And I languished in the wretchedness of the moment and in the madness of the notion that Americans were attempting to complete what Osama bin Laden had failed to achieve – the downfall and destruction of the American democracy.

In that very moment of insurrection (January 6, 2021), my mind reeled with thoughts of anger, confusion and uncertainty.  How strange the mind can be.  For also at that moment of insecurity and doubt, I also thought about how the color of a rose is admired.  How the color of a rainbow astounds and astonishes.  And how the color of a tree in autumn is so overwhelming.  And it helped to calm and soothe my breaking heart and tearing eyes. 

And then, I thought about the color of the human skin -- from white to black to brown, and every shade and variance in between.  The human race, a multihued kaleidoscopic spectrum of diversity and multiplicity of every kind and nature, its beauty and essence beyond the splendor of a rose, more exquisite than a rainbow and more profound that an autumn landscape along a river bank.  And then, there is America – a brilliant rainbow coalition of humanity – showcasing all the strengths and flaws that make it resilient and determined to persevere.

And in that moment, I felt a spark of hope.  I remembered how we have lived in harmony with a perfect rose.  I felt deep inside of me the joy of seeing the beauty of a rainbow breaking through the midst of a noon-day rain.  I marveled at how we relish the changing seasons and the coherence of the colors that each season splashes against the bright blue sky.  And I was in utter wonderment at how the animals of every species, every color, every form and every type, roam among the open fields, mountains and valleys in perfect synchrony.  And I understood that it was so because it is the way it was meant to be.

And yet, with the beauty and splendor that surrounds us, we still live among ourselves with well-hidden prejudices.  We disguise our animosity, acrimony and hatred with civility and charity.  We separate, segregate and isolate ourselves by type and color, language and religion.  There is a scale by which we judge, evaluate and assess one from the other.  The lighter the skin, the higher on the scale.  The darker the skin, the lower on the ladder.  We consider ourselves above all creatures great and small, and above the vegetation, flora, foliage and shrubbery that grows and flourishes around us.  We control most of what surrounds us.  We create that which we imagine and envision, and we have even dared to touch the stars.

And yet, we have not yet found a way to follow nature’s way, and just accept ourselves for who we are, and not be judged by what color, shade or hue we have upon our skin, or the thoughts, ideas or opinions we may have or believe.  We are part of the overall divine design and should not judge or presuppose our superiority over our own creation.  That was not the way it was meant to be.

Man is man regardless of the color of his skin, his nationality, ethnicity or religion.  We have reached a point in our evolution where we presume to know and command the scheme of what was meant to be.  How presumptuous and arrogant have we become to believe that color defines us and all that surrounds us, and that power, greed and arrogance can sustain and nurture the beauty and splendor of the American Dream.  For power stolen is weakness, power demanded is vulnerability, and power abused is treachery and betrayal. 

The thoughts and images that flooded my mind on January 6th betrayed the frailty of our democracy and my faith in my fellow man.  My thoughts and images of roses, rainbows and beautiful trees could not keep out the horror or revulsion of the moment.  The idea that ordinary Americans could be incited to the savagery and violence I witnessed on January 6th was not only foreign, but abhorrent.  Yet it happened.  Terrorists had found their way into the American psyche – the very soul and essence of our existence. 

The attack of 911 engineered by Osama bin Laden was horrific and shocking.  The January 6th insurrection, incited by the very President tasked with defending and protecting our Nation, was hideous, vile and treasonous.  I saw no Muslim insignias or Islamic militant cries of martyrdom.  Instead, I saw the Trump flag, the Confederate flag, and sadly, the American flag, being used by a maundering band of home-grown American terrorists, threating, beating, breaking, smashing and trashing the very democracy they were supposedly attempting to salvage from the grasp of an election they had lost.  It was the ultimate betrayal – by the terrorists within. 

At that moment and at that place, the Trump Base became Osama bin Laden’s accomplice in terror.  Both attempted to kill the American spirit and the American Dream.  September 11, 2001, and now, January 6, 2021, will live in infamy – both fueled with lies and hate.  One, an attack from without, and the latter, and a more frightening one, an attack from within.  Both acts of terror, designed to bring down our Nation, and defeat the spirit and kill the soul of a people determined to keep alive the idea and ideals of patriots who believe in truth, justice, and the American way. 

Betrayal – by the terrorist within.  We have seen it occur in too many countries across the globe, and succeed, killing the will and the life of a nation.  Now, we too have experienced the indignity, shame and dishonor of an attempted coup against our own Nation.  We saw the rage and the hate – live and in color.  We heard the incitement and the sound that lies and deceit can enflame and provoke – as it drowned out the sound of law, order and truth.  This time, there were no airplanes crashing into buildings.  This time, an unhinged President and his agitated base struck at the very heart and soul of our democracy, at the very time when reaffirmation of our democracy was being confirmed and affirmed.  We must not allow it to happen again.  We just may not be so lucky if there ever is a “next time.” 

The impeachments are now history.  History and a Congressional Commission will now confirm the atrocity and the outrage of what occurred on January 6, 2021.  This time, we must put the rancor and partisan posturing aside.  If not now, when?  There should be no debate or deliberation on what occurred, or why.  Yet, there is.  It is time to expose the enemy within.  It is time to stand up against the betrayal – by the terrorists within – the very people we may have once trusted and believed in.  They have become a cancer that is attempting to consume and annihilate the very essence of us, the very core of our conviction, and the very passion that has nourished, nurtured and inspired us for almost 250 years. 

Any Congressional Commission, whether bipartisan or selected by only one party, will expose nothing we do not already know.  It will, however, expose the true grit and tenacity of our American spirit and resolve.  For we are a Nation of patriots and heroes.  And more importantly, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


Submitted: June 01, 2021

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