October 20, 2001

Welcome PENTACON XVI gamers!

I will be GM'ing a mutated combined game of Iron Dragon and EuroRails during Sesson 1 on Friday morning. Details are available here.

My friend Mark came up with one of the more tasteless Halloween costumes I've heard of in a while - wear a racing suit with a number '3'... and a steering wheel through his head. Not to be outdone, I immediately suggested dressing up as an airline pilot with a box cutter sticking out of his neck.

There's an angle on the terrorist attacks that I don't think I've heard anywhere: if the terrorists' goal was to get the US to end its support for Israel, what they should have done is kept on doing what they were doing--attack American interests overseas. Eventually, we may have tired of being nickel-and-dimed over something most people see--or at least saw--as irrelevant (I mean, how many people knew who Osama bin Laden or the Taliban were before September 11?), and just rolled over and said 'The hell with it. Israel, you're on your own.' Instead, by taking the fight to our homeland, the terrorists have made exactly the same mistake the Japanese did in 1941. And we all know how that one ended.

Posted by Chris at October 20, 2001 09:59 PM

Category: Splodeydope watch

I know I am replying to an old post, but I think your optimism regarding the War On Terrorism is a little naive. There is a difference between fighting a nation state like Japan (which can always surrender), and an international, nationLESS band of people like Al Qaida. I think the whole point of the Iraq war was to demonstrate American power (like the Death Star destroying Alderon in STAR WARS -- I'm sorry to say that America is the Empire in this new story, the Americans are the bad guys.) Maybe Mohammad Atta (the author of September 11 -- and destined to be remembered as an historic figure and military mastermind in the future) thought that he was like Luke Skywalker, destroying the Star Destroyer. I mean, Luke must have killed many people when he blew up that thing. Isn't he a terrorist?

I don't mean to sound too arcane, but my point is: there is a war on, and in a war, it all comes down to strategy. America has the technology but has lost its nerve (it is not willing to sacrafice huge casualities.) Al Qaida, on the other hand, are both creative and totally willing to give their lives for the cause they believe in (death to the Empire). So, who do you think will win this kind of confrontation? And are Americans willing to give up their future so that Israeli's can realise their Zionist dreams?

Peace be upon all who read these words.

Posted by: Death Jihadi at January 13, 2004 10:18 AM

I'll respond to this on the main page.

Posted by: Chris at January 14, 2004 11:20 PM