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Monday, September 05, 2005

If the Terrorists Are Taking Notes …

Mark Steyn recently pointed out:

Oh, well, maybe the 9/11 commission can rename themselves the Katrina Kommission. Back in the real world, America's enemies will draw many useful lessons from the events of this last week. Will America?
Lessons they might learn:
  • Levees and dams are vulnerable.

  • If you attack a city with a high murder rate, many of the residents will do your work for you. (On the other hand, I still suspect somebody was behind the more senseless looting.)

  • If you attack a city with a moderately high percentage of households with no automobiles, many of the people can be trapped. (At a very high percentage of households with no automobiles, there will be enough alternate ways out and, what's more important, everybody will know of the alternate ways out.)

  • Small cities are more vulnerable. It's possible to devastate the entire metropolitan area. In a large city, most of it is likely to be undamaged.

Is your town vulnerable?

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