Random threat chatter

Debka report, so take with a grain of salt. The basic gist seems possible, though – there may be an attack inside the US in the next month or so. It’s smelling like it.

Watch your collective asses, keep alert to possible threats in your area.

(Hey, it’s been a while since I wrote a post or letter like this; I guess that Iraq has been good at drawing fire, if nothing else.)

Advertisements
Published in: on August 14, 2005 at 21:14  Comments (28)  
Tags:

28 Comments

  1. Whenever possible always fight wars on the enemies soil not your own backyard.

  2. Whenever possible always fight wars on the enemies soil not your own backyard.

  3. Or on a suitably chosen third ground.

  4. Or on a suitably chosen third ground.

  5. You don’t know me from Eve, but I found you through a friend of a friend (me -> -> -> you) and I like your politics (I’m also a fairly left-of-center American crossed with a slightly right-of-center Israeli) so I hope you don’t mind if I friend you.
    Oh yes, my name is actually Maayan. The username is a (bad) joke about what I do for a living. Hi!

  6. You don’t know me from Eve, but I found you through a friend of a friend (me -> -> -> you) and I like your politics (I’m also a fairly left-of-center American crossed with a slightly right-of-center Israeli) so I hope you don’t mind if I friend you.
    Oh yes, my name is actually Maayan. The username is a (bad) joke about what I do for a living. Hi!

  7. You’re a robopsychologist? Neat! And I don’t mind at all. 🙂

  8. You’re a robopsychologist? Neat! And I don’t mind at all. 🙂

  9. Well… I’m a robotics grad student. But there are days when it feels less like engineering and more like psychology.

  10. Well… I’m a robotics grad student. But there are days when it feels less like engineering and more like psychology.

  11. Of the robots, or of your advisor? 🙂

  12. Of the robots, or of your advisor? 🙂

  13. Heh.. Some of each, of course.

  14. Heh.. Some of each, of course.

  15. So where do you study, and what do you work on? (And I just friended you too, btw – hope you don’t mind)

  16. So where do you study, and what do you work on? (And I just friended you too, btw – hope you don’t mind)

  17. I’m at Carnegie Mellon, in the Robotics Institute. I work on communication for multi-agent teams. Right now, I’m not doing anything with physical robots — it’s all in simulation. I’m hoping to keep it that way (I’m a 5th-year and I’d like to graduate some time this decade) but my advisors aren’t so sure.

  18. I’m at Carnegie Mellon, in the Robotics Institute. I work on communication for multi-agent teams. Right now, I’m not doing anything with physical robots — it’s all in simulation. I’m hoping to keep it that way (I’m a 5th-year and I’d like to graduate some time this decade) but my advisors aren’t so sure.

  19. > I guess that Iraq has been good at drawing fire, if nothing else.
    This has gotten me thinking.
    I saw a report about suicide bombers that seems to imply that occupying a country actually creates more suicide bombers. Basically, suicide bombings happen in response to, and only in response to, foreign occupation, and if the suicide bomber wasn’t doing the suicide bombing, they’d probably be, you know, doing the local equivalent of hanging out mopily and listening to The Smiths, or whatever depressed kids do.
    It’s one report, though pretty well-surveyed, but I haven’t seen any other reputable reports or studies on it. Also, it was just about suicide bombers, not terrorist attacks in general, so it may not be that important. I wish I had a link. Lemme see if I can find it.
    The idea, though, that going after terrorists creates more terrorism is kind of the opposite of the “draw fire to Iraq” idea (which kind of assumes or implies there’s a limited amount of terrorism, which will happen in one place or another)

  20. > I guess that Iraq has been good at drawing fire, if nothing else.
    This has gotten me thinking.
    I saw a report about suicide bombers that seems to imply that occupying a country actually creates more suicide bombers. Basically, suicide bombings happen in response to, and only in response to, foreign occupation, and if the suicide bomber wasn’t doing the suicide bombing, they’d probably be, you know, doing the local equivalent of hanging out mopily and listening to The Smiths, or whatever depressed kids do.
    It’s one report, though pretty well-surveyed, but I haven’t seen any other reputable reports or studies on it. Also, it was just about suicide bombers, not terrorist attacks in general, so it may not be that important. I wish I had a link. Lemme see if I can find it.
    The idea, though, that going after terrorists creates more terrorism is kind of the opposite of the “draw fire to Iraq” idea (which kind of assumes or implies there’s a limited amount of terrorism, which will happen in one place or another)

  21. Here we go:
    http://www.amconmag.com/2005_07_18/article.html
    It’s published in a magazine for anti-war conservatives. The survey was made by Robert Pape at the University of Chicago.

  22. Here we go:
    http://www.amconmag.com/2005_07_18/article.html
    It’s published in a magazine for anti-war conservatives. The survey was made by Robert Pape at the University of Chicago.

  23. I agree; if nothing else, suicide bombing is really only effective in limited situations, and if the target is far away it’s not worth it.
    The line about “drawing fire” was meant very facetiously; it’s been much more effective as a training ground for much more professional and experienced terrorists than anything else.

  24. I agree; if nothing else, suicide bombing is really only effective in limited situations, and if the target is far away it’s not worth it.
    The line about “drawing fire” was meant very facetiously; it’s been much more effective as a training ground for much more professional and experienced terrorists than anything else.

  25. Well, you can always think of grad school as extended job security… 🙂
    (I did mine in physics, which is a great field for spending forever in the lab)

  26. Well, you can always think of grad school as extended job security… 🙂
    (I did mine in physics, which is a great field for spending forever in the lab)

  27. That makes sense, yeah. I also just thought it was a really interesting article that you’d like to see.

  28. That makes sense, yeah. I also just thought it was a really interesting article that you’d like to see.


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: