Friday, 3 April 2009

Invictus by William Earnst Henley

OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


We remember the time we had started this group. I am sure you all do. The Marriot blast had jolted us all and we realized, perhaps for the first time, how close the threat of terror was to all of us and our lives.

This group was started because we could not watch our country and its people being victimized by a bunch of terrorists. We acknowledged then that we might not end up doing much; but we decided that we could not sit around doing nothing either.

As you are aware, all the money that was collected at that point was passed on to those it was collected for and families of three guards benefited from monetary as well as emotional support in form of our friends who visited them to show solidarity.

Much hasn’t changed between then and now. The terrorists continue to victimize us and our people as we sit glued to the television watching those who have sworn to protect us being mercilessly killed. One wonders why??

What would they achieve killing a few every day? Perhaps it is not the people they are after, but the very spirit of this nation. Perhaps they want to victimize us to the point that we are no more than a numb existence with no hope, no care and no concern. The day that happens, terror has won.

We are writing this today, because just a few days back, when terrorists had attacked the Police Training center the general mood on face book was dismal… The statuses, the notes, the posts everything. Some were frustrated, some angry, some sad, some horrified and a very few hopeful.

We understand that times are tough, perhaps the very worst our Generation has experienced… but you know what they say ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’

This is group formed of individuals who have chosen to be active and not passive as a lot may opt to be. I request you all to keep the spirit alive, for every time that someone attacks our sovereignty or tries to victimize our people… be the ones to stand with your heads high. We are stronger than they think!!

The group is not just about monetary contributions but more so about the emotional and psychological support. Whenever needed donate the tools in your control (status, wall posts, display pictures, blogs, websites) to build morale. If this is a battle of will… Let the world know that we’re not weak!

Regards,The Citizen’s Trust for Victims of Terror