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What now?
by witsend on Sat, Dec 9th, 2000 12:01:03 UTC
There is much talk about rebuilding the World Trade Center. I would propose that if we are to learn from these attacks we shouldn’t. With modern communication technologies why don’t we work toward a less centralized way of living? If we rebuild the WTC we would be putting up a new target. The Pentagon also, when it was built communication meant phone or face to face. Let us face reality, old style war is going away, targeted attacks like this will become more likely. Let us reduce our concentrations of people and industry, this will make it harder for a repeat of an incident of this magnitude. I’d like to see some discussion of this.

    Re: What now?
    by tomh on Sat, Dec 9th, 2000 12:02:02 UTC
    I will agree that our technology allows us be less centralized and such makes us less vulnerable. It is unlikely that the WTC will be rebuilt. The insurance for it has been nullified by the declaration of an act of war. And, I can't imagine the replacement cost of that structure in today's US with all the new safety requirements, ADA, insurance costs and the inflated dollar since
    the last WTC was built.

    As such is it a loss not only of its important function but its loss to all of us a monument and a national treasure of our achievements.

    But let me rant about the STUPID policies recently implemented at airports. NO PARKING STRUCTURES within 300 feet - I would assume this is to prevent terrorists from parking bombs close to terminals. That's nice, lets make things really difficult for people and... force the terrorists to use other targets like shopping malls, schools, churches, any structure where there are concentrations of people is a target, not just airports. There are no shortage of targets here - should we remove or disallow all parking structures from any places where people congregate? WHAT ABOUT THE PRECIOUS ADA? Oh, maybe anyone with a handicap plate will be able to park within 300 feet of such a structure? A terrorist will never be able to acquire one of those! And then the Knife issue! Ugh! This is ridiculous! No plastic knives in restarants, or on the planes? What's next? No Pencils? I can show you how to slit someones throat with a credit card, are we going to ban those too? I think arming every person on board with a hand gun is less ridiculous than this!

    Let's not let them win! Let's quite trying to PREVENT these things with STUPID implements. When someone behaves this way - they should be taken out. We will never prevent these things from ocurring - we will only sacrifice our freedom for the false feelings of security. We live in a dangerous world, get over it.

    Re: What now?
    by Stephen on Mon, Dec 9th, 2002 23:00:04 UTC
    Witsend:
    You are both correct and miserably wrong. The World Trade Center is a highly controversial matter for which you attempt to put into laments terms only to give one side of a multi-viewed prediciment. You are correct that this attack was partially of our own fault for being so blind and concentrating industry on a specific point, but rebuilding the World Trade Centers would bring out much resilience in the American people, which is much needed in comparison to our current attitude towards world events.

    In turn, I also disagree with you on your idea of modern warfare. The style and ignorance in the manner you right leads me to believe that you were neither alive for Vietnam, Gulf, or WW2. This lack of experience works against you in this current situation. The attack on the World Trade Centers was a display of guirilla warfare, not a sophisticated, strategic offensive charge. It was merely an act of aggression, if you will. The way the world has advanced today has proven to be deadly for us all. Despite the fact that no one has had the nerve to break out in nuclear war is beside the point. Even without nuclear power we still have several means of destroying on another; it just means that we will have to do this by the thousands, not the millions.

    As I have written in my previous post and will not repeat but this one time, war is upon us. Full scale, strategic, no rules, war. Let's just hope we don't have men as closeminded and foolhardy as you commanding our troops if the time does come.

    Respectfully,
    -Stephen

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