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Monday, November 15, 2004

A disturbing thought (via email) 

I am aboard CO 1611 to Houston ("George Bush airport" the pilot reminds us),
reading George Friedman's excellent book America's Secret War: Inside
the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between America and Its Enemies
. In
discussing the attacks of September 11, Friedman considers commercial
airliners "as strategic weapons":
Aircraft are essentially long tubes attached to giant explosives
-- jet-grade fuel. Commercial airliners and their passengers were once
referred to as prepackaged hostages. They sit in a long, metal tube,
strapped into seats without space to move, and when it is airborne, there
are no usable exits. Normally there are only two or three people on board
who know how to fly the plane, and if they are killed, everone
dies.

Oh-kaaay.

This pre-packed hostage is going to order up another drink, thank you very
much.

2 Comments:

By Blogger Gone Away, at Tue Dec 21, 01:08:00 PM:

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