RE: state of memes

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Date: Fri Sep 28 2001 - 12:26:48 BST

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            Hi Scott,

            <I don't think that anybody rejoicing in the tragedies of Sept 11
    > much if any respect. Will these same people rejoice if the next terrorist
    > attack wave is unleashed possibly replete with chemical and biological
    > agents? Would this just be another "lesson" we would need to learn while
    > others rejoice in our sorrow?>
            I agree completely with the sentiment here that rejoicing in
    people's deaths is abhorrent.

            I do wonder though whether the current wave of concern about
    chemical and biological attacks from terrorists is a little misplaced (OK I
    know those japanese cultists used sarin, and were experimenting with
    anthrax; and the hijacker was asking about crop dusting planes). After all
    one cannot seriously justify extending nuclear missile defence schemes, or
    stringent security measures, if your enemy is going to use domestic planes
    as bombs, no, you need to persuade people that an equal or larger threat
    exists from ABC attacks. It's a little like British Airways using the
    downturn in flight bookings to get rid of its loss making but politically
    sensitive Heathrow to Belfast service, or Boeing to cut 30,000 jobs. in
    other words stretching the events' consequences to legitimate actions
    otherwise difficult to have got away with. Let's not forget that the
    biggest stockpilers of chemical and biological weapons are the USA and
    Russia, and that European nations used chemical weapons widely in World War
    I, and continued to research with them for decades after they were
    officially banned from use ( Porton Down in the UK).


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