You might ask then, what about our soldiers, those warriors who live under a code? There are those who fight to defend us from such foes-and that is why we owe our soldiers our highest respect. They risk this paying the ultimate price in service to a noble cause. They suffer at the hands of this same dread cycle, but chose to, that they might stand in opposition to it. For our sakes.
This was one of the greatest takeaways I had from Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz-despite the outcome of that episode, it was apparent that soldiers, true soldiers, fight in the defense of something larger than themselves. Ideologies aside, they stand for order and civilization in the face of howling chaos-which is the only thing terrorists will ever accomplish: Naked, howling chaos as violence begets violence in an unending cycle. Though their ultimate goals may be something else, this is all terrorism succeeds in producing.
It is this cycle of violence that is anathema to life as we know it. Terrorists don't hate our trains, our bridges, our airplanes, or our buildings-they hate us, and the relative prosperity and security that we do enjoy. Their best tool for taking this from us is to create a climate of fear and ignorance-to hijack the efforts of our media and government, and turn it towards hypnotizing us into a siege mindset, so that every day is lived in fear. To turn order to chaos.
I'm not going to pretend that tonight's episode is going win the War on Terror-we're an entertainment. As an informative entertainment, each episode is just 42 minutes of footage, with a blog and a webisode along for the ride. But if we succeed in pulling aside the mask of fear, even a little bit, then our efforts will have been worth it tonight.
There is a second purpose to all of this, and if you're skipping in from the beginning, now is the time to start reading.
Some of the most infernal devices we examined in this episode were landmines and IEDs. Though we only saw their effects on human simulants-gel torsos and the like-it made their devastation crystal clear. Walking away from those tests with the knowledge of what these weapons can do, and in fact, are doing all over the world left a bad taste in our mouths.
Because we had seen first hand the effects of these weapons, we wanted a way to reach out and stop their effects directly, and thankfully, there is a way to do that. The cast and crew of Deadliest Warrior got together and made a donation to the United Nations Association of the United States of America's Adopt-A-Minefield program.
You can visit their website at http://www.landmines.org/ to learn more about their mission directly, but to summarize quickly, Adopt-A-Minefield works to clear active minefields all over the world. They're currently active in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and their efforts (and your money) go directly to clearing these minefields and protecting civilian populations.
For you, terrorism probably means living with getting searched at the airport (that belt-and-shoes-and-pockets song and dance). For someone in Iraq or Afghanistan, it means there's an active minefield where you live, threatening your safety and the safety of your loved ones as you're trying to live your daily life. That's just for starters, never mind living with organizations like al-Qaeda or the Taliban as your neighbors.
But we can fight them, directly. We might not be able to fight everything they do, but we can take this one weapon away from them. Together, we can work to clear active minefields. We can work to clear not only the mines themselves, but the fear their use incurs.
We're asking you to join us. Please, visit the Adopt-A-Minefield website. Please, make a donation. Do it to make someone's life better. Or, if you're a spiteful son-of-a-bitch like I am, think of it as a none-too-subtle "F*** YOU," to anyone who would use these weapons to harm civilians and create a climate of fear-too anyone who is waging a war of terror.
Remember, this is an enemy that preys on innocent people inch-by-inch, and so we must fight them, inch-by-inch. Every square inch of a reclaimed minefield is another blow from the hands of courage, beating back the tide of fear. It's a victory for innocent people everywhere, and because this is a battle of inches, no contribution is too small.
So for us, that's what making tonight's episode has been about: understanding and disarming the greatest weapon of terrorism.
Fear through ignorance, fear of the unknown, and now, fear of a weapon that we can stop. We would be honored if you would join us tonight, if you would aid us as we join the fight against fear, and against terrorism. It's a small stand, but it's one we can make together-and it makes a difference in the here-and-now, the real world. It's not joining the army, but it's a damn sight better than taking your shoes off and shuffling through another goddamn metal detector.
My usual closing seems inappropriate in a battle between terrorists. In this case, those who are about to die most certainly do not salute you.
Instead, let me reiterate that it has been an absolute joy working on this show and taking this ride with you. This is our final episode of the season, and we'd like to make it count for something beyond education and entertainment. We've come this far together, and for that, we thank you. But we're venturing into new territory tonight.
We've taken the first step. All we ask is that you walk with us.
Be seeing you,