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Monday, July 18, 2005

"Thinking about suicide bombers"

Interesting piece from security writer Bruce Schneier.
Remember the 1996 movie Independence Day? One of the characters was a grizzled old fighter pilot who had been kidnapped and degraded by the alien invaders years before. He flew his plane into the alien spaceship when his air-to-air missile jammed, causing the spaceship to explode. Everybody in the movie, as well as the audience, considered this suicide bomber a hero.

What's the difference?


  • In hollywood, everyone's a hero.

    In their minds, and those of likewise thinking radicals, the suicide bombers in the UK, in Spain, in Iraq and all over the world are freedom fighters, heroes.

    To us, the "victims" and observers of those actions. They are terrorists, they are cowards. They are everything we've come to fear and loath.

    Neither of us are right, and neither of us are wrong. We have different view points. We have different scales to which we compare these actions to.

    Good vs Evil.
    Right vs Wrong.
    Truth vs Lies.

    Everyone has a view.

    Opinions are harmless...
    ...actions are not.

    By Blogger M., At 12:36 AM, July 19, 2005  

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