Re: more national missile defense

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 11:57:46 MDT

On Mon, 3 Jul 2000, R. Harrill wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote an impassioned defense of a zillion dollar missile defense:

> > Now then, are you a terrorist, with one, two
> > or say... five missiles? Do you feel lucky? Are you willing to
> > pay the supreme price for a chance to hurt the great satan?
> Isn't that part of the nature of terrorism? For instance, I'm sitting here reflecting back to a
> Marine barracks in Lebanon. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to shed the great satan role and quit
> bullying people into hating us so much that they're willing to "pay the supreme price"?

Yes, that is the nature of terrorism, which is why we cannot rely purely
on deterence as we did with the Soviets. However, remember that while
many terrorists would give their lives to strike at the great satan, they
want a good chance for the strike to *hit*. That is why they go for soft
targets. Noticed in Saudi they attacked an undefended Marine
barrack...they did not attack armed Marines in the field.


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