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A Voice in the Dark

In AD 2101 war was beginning. What happen? Someone set up us the bomb! We get signal. What? Main screen turn on. It's you. How are you gentlemen!! All your base are belong to us!! You are on the way to destruction. What you say? You have no chance to survive. Make your time. HA HA HA HA.... Take off every 'Zig' You know what you doing! Move 'Zig' For great justice.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Updated figures...

Today's reports say that the death toll in London will end up at a final figure of between fifty and a hundred, and that there were only four bombs, not seven. So it's only fair to consider these results. The bombs did in fact kill an average of one to two dozen people each. This is a reasonably respectable result, if you can divorce yourself from the question of those people being perfectly innocent of any wrongdoing; from a purely technical standpoint, killing 12 to 25 people with a bomb is an effective use of that bomb. I believe this is roughly equivalent to what the average angry jerk could do, given a bomb to explode somewhere.

I don't want to appear insensitive with that. I don't support the bombing, and I don't mean to excuse or justify it in any way. But I made an awfully big deal of how ineffective the bombings were yesterday, and that is no longer an accurate assessment. The bombings were effective from a purely numeric standpoint of how many people were killed. They were ineffective in many other ways, such as bombing a country that dealt with IRA bombers for decades, or threatening a country that stood up to the Nazis all by themselves on pure principle when nobody else was doing squat. No matter how powerful and imposing you are, Britain is not a country you can expect to be scared of you. Trying to scare them is just plain ignorant.

So the basic point of last night's post remains the same. Islamic fundamentalists are stupid. Notice that above, I say this carefully planned and executed attack by a major terrorist organisation was roughly equivalent to what the average angry jerk could do with a bomb. One would hope that careful planning and execution would make such an attack more effective than some angry jerk who happens to have a bomb. But for all their planning and all their commitment and all their belief in Allah, they haven't managed to surpass the basic results we'd expect from any bomb set by anyone.

And where in their planning did they overlook Britain's history with terrorism? What the hell made them think this would work? They killed thousands here in America, and it didn't work. Did they think maybe they should try a smaller country? Generally, you go looking for a weaker one... but, of course, they're stupid.

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