Saturday, October 13, 2001

BBC news reports: "A bomb dropped by a US warplane has missed a Taleban military target at Kabul airport and fallen instead on a residential neighbourhood, the Pentagon has said." i suspect this won't do much to endear us to either the international community or the people of afghanistan.
what does meme mean? a search for meme3 on google brings up this picture of a japanese ferret named "meme" (may-may).
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Tuesday, October 09, 2001

a professor of mine offered an alternative to the unfortunate loss of innocent lives that will almost certainly accompany any military action: "feed them until they love you," he said, "feed the hell out of them." how much food could $40 billion buy?
another response (that brings the grand total to 3 - things are really taking off now): "The Nazis [were] a democratically elected party at one point. They rose to power in the democratic system left in Germany after WWI." true. that just proves that democracy alone can not solve all problems.

i was looking for some information about the causes of the rise of hitler on this page, which i found: "Adolf Hitler knew it was going to be slow going for his party which had counted so many unhappy, disgruntled men among its early members." but i also found that the nazi party had made clear its interest in ending democracy well before it was elected: "[Hitler] now realized it had been premature to attempt to overthrow the democratic government by force."

more on the next page about why people support (and don't support) terrorism: "For the average German, the Nazis at this time had little appeal. Things seemed to be just fine without them. The economy was strong, inflation was under control, and people were working again." then: "they were cast into poverty and deep misery and began looking for a solution, any solution. Adolf Hitler knew his opportunity had arrived." one could easily replace "Adolf Hitler" with "Osama bin Laden." poverty has become more than a economic or moral issue - it's now a threat to our national security. so will promoting democracy and fighting poverty solve every problem? probably not. but i think it's a good start.
this gallup international poll shows that support for the trial of terrorists is significantly higher than support for military action a large majority of countries. on the other hand, the populations of america and india, both of which support military action, are collectively larger than the rest of the polled nations. will support fade as more civilians (or UN workers) are killed (BBC) or die while fleeing (BBC)?

Sunday, October 07, 2001

i just now used radio for the first time. my first news item: dictionary.com's word of the day: hubris: "Overbearing pride or presumption." my second news item: BBC: "In an address to the nation, Mr Bush said strikes were taking place against training camps and military installations of the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and that they had been carefully targetted." it's no longer a question of whether or not we will kill innocent civilians. the question now is: how many have we already killed?