eXile: “Terrorists do not have

eXile: “Terrorists do not have to be strong to win. All they have to do is keep at it. Ask the Russians, the Israelis, the British and the French. Despite vastly superior resources, they can’t defeat the Chechens, the Palestinians, the Irish, and the Algerians… The war will never end; it only escalates. And the more you counterattack, the more you inspire new generations of enemies to strike back.”

Martin Amis makes some of

Martin Amis makes some of the same points as Kelly, and some that are harder to hear: “Various national characteristics – self-reliance, a fiercer patriotism than any in western Europe, an assiduous geographical incuriosity – have created a deficit of empathy for the sufferings of people far away. Most crucially, and again most painfully, being right and being good support the American self to an almost tautologous degree: Americans are good and right by virtue of being American.”

Kevin Kelly on Osama bin

Kevin Kelly on Osama bin Laden: “He is not second rate, and he may not even be a terrorist. This is a new kind of war. There has been no demands made, like in most terrorism. There is nothing we have that they want. Their intent is not to terrorize. This is only a side product. Their intent is to destroy the prevailing mono-system. But they are not a state government, but a pan-national network that is growing. We’ve done little to eradicate them in 20 years. They are stronger now then ever before.” [via rc3]

Richard Dawkins: “As luck would

Richard Dawkins: “As luck would have it, we have just the thing to hand: a ready-made system of mind-control which has been honed over centuries, handed down through generations. Millions of people have been brought up in it. It is called religion and, for reasons which one day we may understand, most people fall for it (nowhere more so than America itself, though the irony passes unnoticed). Now all we need is to round up a few of these faith-heads and give them flying lessons.”

NTK: “So: do you have

NTK: “So: do you have some minority you’d like to haphazardly blame? Some half-arsed genocidal theory you’d
like to insist become global policy? Some simplistic
demonisation of a country’s recent history that needs to be
waved in the faces of everyone you know? Mail it to our
hotline on devnull@spesh.com, and we’ll pass it on to those
who must fill the useless silence which would otherwise be
wasted on slow, methodical grief.”