(urth) Predictions Re: The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

António Pedro Marques entonio at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 19:08:57 PDT 2012

No dia 02/08/2012, às 02:56, David Stockhoff <dstockhoff at verizon.net> escreveu:

> On 8/1/2012 9:40 PM, Jerry Friedman wrote:
>> From: António Pedro Marques <entonio at gmail.com>
>>> No dia 01/08/2012, às 19:04, DAVID STOCKHOFF <dstockhoff at verizon.net> escreveu:
>>>> (No, setting fires out West would not be a clever way for a terrorist to create terror. It would require a lot of work by a lot of people and they'd get caught. And so on.)
>>> Eh? Setting forest fires seems to me to be one of the most cost-effective ways of provoking damage and terror. If terrorists don't do it it's because even they can't justify killing innocent wildlife and leaving the attack unclaimed would make it worthless. What is it I'm nit getting?
>> I was going to mention something about that.  Setting forest fires is so easy that one person can do it by accident.  See for instance the two biggest fires in Arizona history: the Rodeo-Chediski Fire (one part set by an arsonist, the other by a woman trying to signal rescuers) and the Wallow Fire (started by an abandoned campfire).
>> You can get caught, though, as happened to the two men who accidentally started the Wallow Fire.
>> http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/03/28/abqnewsseeker/updated-cousins-plead-guilty-to-ariz-fire-charges.html
>> And it may look more like vandalism than political action on the home front.
>> Jerry Friedman
> Exactly. I'm sure terrorists consider and reject all sorts of ideas.

But what did you mean by it requiring a lot of work and their likeliness to be caught? Those are the bits I inquired on. Lot of work to set fires? I mean, that could apply to lots of other ideas, but here?

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