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Old 01-04-2008, 05:53 AM   #1
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Wonderful news about the Dakar rally.

ESPN - Terror threat leads to cancelation of Dakar Rally - Racing
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:00 AM   #2
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Alas and alack - a sign of the times.

I would not be suprised to hear that organizers could not get liability coverage either. The usual suspects, Lloyds-AIG-Allianze probably have excellent private intelligence on risks along the route.

The next 20 years or so are going to bite even more than the last 20.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:28 AM   #3
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Without getting off on some right wing genocidal rant I'll just point out how ridicules it is that modern advanced sociaties are held hostage by what are basically fanatical adhereants to a Dark Ages religious doctrine. Either drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century or send them all to Hell.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:16 AM   #4
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This isn't the first time a major sporting event has been cancelled or seriously impacted by violence, war, or politics. The US dropping out of the Olympics when the USSR invaded Afghanastan (sp?) comes immediately to mind. It is very disappointing that an extremely small number of fanatics have not only impacted a sporting event, but have also caused a lot of otherwise rational people to decide that all Muslims are blood thirsty fanatics bent on destroying modern society. I guess we'd better hope that's BS, since Muslims outnumber everyone else with the possible exception of the Chinese.

It's pretty clear to me that whatever we've been doing since 9/11 is at best ineffective at reducing the "terrorist threat," and more likely has made it worse. Not to mention the tremendous loss of life, huge expenditures of money, and loss of freedoms in our country and others.

The unfortunate part is, deciding to "hunt them down and kill them" just doesn't work. Usually it just makes them stronger and pushes them further into extremism. As well as creating new recruits from the "nits."
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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Well I for one think there should be a sidecar class in the Paris to Dakar that requires a Ma Duce mounted on a co-ax traverse rig, along with smoke grenades and a SAW mounted on the handlebars for the pilot. Let's see the fuzzy-wuzzys deal with that. They'd all be mounted on Chang Jiang M1's of course (Painted Afrika Biege).
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Well I for one think there should be a sidecar class in the Paris to Dakar that requires a Ma Duce mounted on a co-ax traverse rig, along with smoke grenades and a SAW mounted on the handlebars for the pilot. Let's see the fuzzy-wuzzys deal with that. They'd all be mounted on Chang Jiang M1's of course (Painted Afrika Biege).
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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"You drive Cuddy and I'll man the guns! I think we could win the thing"

When do we go? I'm ready now. Just need a bunch of velcro to keep me in the saddle...
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I wonder how many are just gonna run it anyway. shame it won't be televised though.
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This isn't the first time a major sporting event has been cancelled or seriously impacted by violence, war, or politics. The US dropping out of the Olympics when the USSR invaded Afghanastan (sp?) comes immediately to mind. It is very disappointing that an extremely small number of fanatics have not only impacted a sporting event, but have also caused a lot of otherwise rational people to decide that all Muslims are blood thirsty fanatics bent on destroying modern society. I guess we'd better hope that's BS, since Muslims outnumber everyone else with the possible exception of the Chinese.

It's pretty clear to me that whatever we've been doing since 9/11 is at best ineffective at reducing the "terrorist threat," and more likely has made it worse. Not to mention the tremendous loss of life, huge expenditures of money, and loss of freedoms in our country and others.

The unfortunate part is, deciding to "hunt them down and kill them" just doesn't work. Usually it just makes them stronger and pushes them further into extremism. As well as creating new recruits from the "nits."
Good points. I'm much more worried about our own home grown fascists of the left and right than a few primitives hiding in caves.
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