A Mind That Suits What doesn't kill me, makes me laugh... usually.

Friday, November 21, 2003 :::
"Rocket launcher-equipped donkey carts." Now that's an arresting phrase. One of the frustrating things about commentary immediately after 9/11 was the obliviousness of most commentators to the nature of technology and business planning. They were all of the old "if they can't read Proust in French, you can't expect much of them" school. However, technology is easily transfered, and people from desparately poor backgrounds with an inate knack for technology can pick it up in a flash. And make big flashes, the kind that kill people if their engineers want them to.

Donkey carts were what were used today in attacks surely meant to be symbolic: on Friday, the Muslim holy day when no one is working, against Western institutions and the Muslims who are helping them, using Western technology and traditional pack animals. No one was killed, but some kind of point was made.

The al-Qaeda bombings in Turkey have made a similar point, in a much more lethal way, and our hearts go out to the families of those who died.

::: posted by A Mind That Suits at 11:39 AM



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