Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


It's no surprise the corporate media loves the new undiebomber story. First, they don't have to do any work. Some official talks to them anonymously and they write down what he says. Is it necessarily exactly true, or the whole truth? Don't bother to ask, that's not your job. Plus which, it's a really cool spy story, and they get to be all worried about whether we are safe.

Well okay, let's assume it's all true. It strikes me that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is seriously suffering from a lack of imagination. They are totally determined to somehow strike at the United States, but the only way to do this that meets their exacting standards for martyrdom is to have a guy blow himself up on an airplane. Since we know that's the only terrorist act they will ever attempt, we can make it fairly difficult. Hence the undiebombing technology. Scary!

However, not being a depraved terrorist, I can think of at least 16 ways to cause major carnage and disruption that are pretty much impossible to prevent, many of which do not even require that you have anything that is normally thought of as a weapon, let alone slaving away in your workshop for months to invent an undetectable suicide bomb. As a matter of fact, I could put a big fat plain old detectable bomb in my carry on luggage, wheel it up to the security checkpoint where there are 200 people in a tight mass, walk away and detonate it remotely, thereby shutting down every airport in the country until they figured out what to do to prevent me from doing it again, which they never could.

Without giving away my patentable idea, I could cause an economic catastrophe with maybe a dozen old dump trucks, or some chain saws. Do you have any idea how easy it is to derail a train? (I probably shouldn't have mentioned that.)  Anybody in the United States can buy a truckload of semi-automatic weapons, and well, use your imagination.

So, let's hope they stay obsessed with aviation. Or maybe, they are just a few wackos out in the desert and they don't have the people or the money to come to the U.S. and buy dump trucks. I vote for the latter.

1 comment:

roger said...

or maybe they are mostly agents provocateur. now we're both on some watch list.