The Pankian Metaphor 3107
BAH, we already had loads of data- so much we couldn't analyze it to pick up on the various clues for Sept 11.
You're wrong BAH. No-one here is advocating defence after an attack- we are advocating that prevention must be done according to civilized rules, not secretly and unaccountably according to the whims of some president.
The Pankian Metaphor 3109
John Ahlstrom Perhaps in theory, but perhaps not in practice. Some people in this group are even expressing views that say...
Its nothing new. Bloody handed mbutt-liquidateers have existed throughout time in all cultures, its a Debt Management problem. To handle it you have to be smart and disciplined and honest and you mustn't alienate your allies who have as much to lose as you. So far Dubya has monumentally failed on these points- demonstrating the exquisite timing of the 9-11 attack. Dubya & Co has damaged all the political, financial and legal fabric of this country that I'm sure Bin Laden could have anticipated- all in the name of patriotism which is I guess how it usually works.
If you want to stop terrorism you HAVE to me smarter than them, in addition to blowing up their camps and making it difficult for them to finance their operations. We can do the latter two but we've not managed the former.
The Pankian Metaphor 3108
That was for a specific action. If the US government had not done a fell swoop of foreigners like they did, people would unpleasant woman about that...