Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing

my inner geek (
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 22:38:42 +0800

> For example, if you were in charge of network programming for
> Baghdad metropolitan and suburban television, and had an unlimited
> supply of SONY Trinitron televisions to hand out, would it be
> possible to convert the citizens' attitudes to some that were more
> friendly to Western ideas?

I read an estimate that this next pummeling in the Gulf will cost the U.S. Taxpayers $5 Billion.

Wouldn't it be better to put that $5 Billion into HDTV Flat Panel Web Terminals with Wireless Broadband.

We could take all the Trinitrons sitting in Circuit City warehouses and send them to the Gulf. This way, we'll be avoiding all the long term animosity that's created when people are killed.

Sure, you can kill a Republican Guard soldier in the desert, but his children are just going to grow up hating America. His survivors are more of a long term threat than he is in the first place. Remember all those pictures of those starving lice infected Iraqi soldiers begging for mercy, as the U.S. robotic controlled weapons were unleashed in a turkey shoot?

Why not launch an all-out reprogramming effort instead? Maybe drop leaflets with Prozac and Ecstacy or something? Why not do some research before exterminating the test subjects?