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 Post subject: Sci Fi authors on Terror
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:01 pm 
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Seen this: Sci-Fi Authors join the War on Terror

/discuss :wink:

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As I mentioned when I blogged this at Futurismic, I love science fiction as much as anyone, but this is just plain stupid, so much so that it can be little more than a DHS publicity stunt. The answer to the terrorism problem isn't "fitting sniffer dogs with brain-scanning skull-caps to let their handlers know what sort of explosive they've just caught scent of". That's curing the symptoms, and ignoring the disease. What they'd be better advised to look into would be working out the root causes of terrorism and adjusting the processes that make poorly educated radicals decide that America is the enemy. But that wouldn't make headlines that sell papers and instil confidence in a beleaguered and tired administration, would it?

What's needed is for intelligent people to look at foreign policy - not just America's, but everyone's, definitely including our own. And frankly, good fiction writers as they may be, the thought of Niven and Pournelle having a hand in foreign policy decisions is not a pretty one.

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A more light-hearted look at the issue:
http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20070603

Personally, I can't help thinking there's something slightly wrong about the whole thing. Not just treating the symptoms instead of the disease, but relying on people to speculate on the future. No-one has a 100% accuracy (just ask an economist ;)) and the US government are apparently working with people who have more active imaginations than the usual advisors - I can see this going very... awry.

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lol ... I wonder if I should quote that on the poetry thread ...

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