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Don't Close The Blinds

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Bonnie M. Wells

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The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war...My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window.

He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

Our son giggled and said "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

"OK Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam coming out of his house with his wife, he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?"

"Dad?"

"What do you do son?"

"I'd call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call. They listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

"Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.

"They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.

"But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

"I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

"Daddy...he kills them?"

"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

"WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

"OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

"What Daddy?"

"He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then..he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

"Daddy..."

"WHAT DO YOU DO?" Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him. "Why?"

"Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who needs them...and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry; my husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says...

"Son"

"Yes, Daddy."

"Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door... "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... "It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before its too late." my husband whispers.

"YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!"

Steven R Chandler,

CMSgt 332 ELRS/Vehicle Management Flight

Balad Air Base, Iraq

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A few Thoughts

By

Bonnie M. Wells

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To me, terrorism is terrorism no matter where it occurs, or by whose hand it occurs.

The murder of anyone is [in my opinion] wrong, and should be dealt with swiftly and harshly.

As far as I'm concerned the serial killers [ or even the "one strike" killers] of our own nation- the Ted Bundy's, John Wayne Gayce's, BTK Killers, and all the other fancy names they either give themselves or others attach to them, are just as much terrorists as Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin or any of the rest of the world's lowest forms of life.

The main difference, of course is that our "home grown" terrorists do not become national leaders, and are not followed by large segments of the population. Never the less, they cause so much despair within the lives of all those who know and care about their victims, that eventually, nearly as many lives are affected by these monsters as have been affected by the national terrorists such as Hussein.

The above story demonstrates something that I have been saying for years. We cannot stand in silence - cannot pull the blinds and pretend that nothing is happening in our nation because if we do that, then there is never going to be an end to the crimes of the serial killers that roam our land.

The FBI says there are anywhere from 50 to 75 serial killers operating in our nation at any given time. If we wait until it becomes "our" personal business - until one of our own family members, a close friend or a neighbor becomes the victim - before we "open the blinds," then it is too late. Once such tragedy has struck that close to home, the average person is not emotionally strong enough to take a stand in defense of strangers.

This web site is filled with cases of people who were strangers to me. I have taken a stand in their defense for many, many years now, and too many times, the response has been negative. I've had people tell me it's none of my business, and I should find something else to do. I disagree.

Murder is my business, and your business.

How can we save a foreign nation from terrorism, when we are not willing to save our own, or even ourselves?

We ARE our brother's keepers, and we'd better wake up and draw a hard line before the wolf knocks on our own doors, because as the above story illustrates, unnoticed, ignored or left to his own evil ways, he WILL get around to us, sooner or later.

We cannot expect the police to "protect" each and every one of us. We must use common sense and we must do whatever is possible to protect ourselves.

Now I'm not advising anyone to go out and get a gun and start practicing - although if you have a gun it's a good idea to know how to use it!! - But, what I am saying is realize there is danger in our land.

Women and girls should always try to take someone with them when going out for the evening - there really is safety in numbers. Lock your doors when you're home alone: Lock your car doors when traveling: Don't accept rides from strangers that you just met. Always ask around about anyone you do meet: Always tell someone [or several people] who you are with, where you are going and what time you should be back. Stop and think - "safety first" - and use some common sense because most murders, even those of the serial killer, could be prevented by taking a few safety precautions.

Always be alert to anyone following you. Many times the serial killer stakes out his victim months in advance. He will follow them to see where they go, who they talk to, where they work and what time they come and go from work, etc. If he can see you - then rest assured, you can see him! You must be alert though and aware of your surroundings.

If you notice someone watching you or driving by your house, jot down his license number, and then you start watching for him! Turn the table on him - and yes, it most assuredly can be done. I'm living proof of that.

I'm still here; still writing; still working; and still convinced it's far more desirable to care enough to take a stand - even in the face of great opposition - than to close the blinds and pretend it will all go away - because it won't. Not until YOU send it away. Please don't wait until "it" has taken someone you love.

Best Wishes,

Bonnie M. Wells

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