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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Adding to the Terror Fight

I've always thought intelligence was key to fighting terrorists. But not "intelligence" like Bushy boy means - "ya'll know those guesses, that them bunch of smart people give me" - but rather the actual smarts of those smart people.

I'm not the only one who thinks so - as we see in this article.

Mathematicians Offer Help in Terror Fight:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A small group of thinking men and women convened at Rutgers University last month to consider how order theory — a branch of abstract mathematics that deals with hierarchical relationships — could be applied to the war on terror.
It's good to have a brain to fight terror with because...
"Terrorism takes brains. You don't need political influence, military might or economic resources to plant bombs or take hostages; but without brains, terrorism is nothing more than random violence.

Consider al-Qaida's attack on New York City and Washington, D.C., three years ago. It required a force of only 20 men armed with box cutters, yet it was so brilliantly conceived, meticulously planned and keenly attuned to global politics that it changed the world.

'Terrorism is a thinking man's game,' said terror expert Gordon Woo. "

And to fight a thinking man's game you must be a thinking man yourself.

That seals it - we're screwed

Sure, Bush said he "came to play"...
        but certainly not a "thinking man's" game.

That's not a game he's prepared to play.