The world, but par­tic­u­lar­ly the Unit­ed States, has had a tough week. For the mo­men­t, the bad guys are win­ning; we don't re­al­ly know who they are, and across North Amer­i­ca, while the lights may be on, nobody's home, in terms of get­ting on with life.

Not on­ly do we not know who they are, we don't know why they did it. Very few peo­ple seem to care about this, which seems odd to me; first of al­l, any rea­son­able per­son has to won­der why any­one would throw away their lives to ac­com­plish this crazed evil thing. Without some in­sight here, the sim­ple so­lu­tion (just killing them al­l)

  1. won't work, and
  2. will like­ly help cre­ate more lethal crazed evil.

The world has changed. We should have known this al­ready, but now we do: no amount of ex­tra se­cu­ri­ty nor bil­lions on high-tech de­fense nor stir­ring dis­plays of up­lift­ing pa­tri­o­tism will save your ass if somone rea­son­ably in­tel­li­gent wants to kill you and is will­ing to die do­ing it. What are the im­pli­ca­tions if this for pol­i­tics and busi­ness and life? No­body knows yet.

Any good news? The death toll - single-digit-thousands in NYC, a cou­ple of hun­dred at the Pen­tagon - is a lot bet­ter than it could have been. If there's any city in the world that can shake a thing like this off and get go­ing again, it's New York. I hope they re­build the WTC with four tow­ers twice as tal­l. A lot of peo­ple I know took this op­por­tu­ni­ty to get in touch with peo­ple they should get in touch with more of­ten and com­mu­ni­cate from the heart. Here in Van­cou­ver, I know from per­son­al ex­pe­ri­ence that the blood donor sys­tem and the bil­let­ing of­fice for peo­ple strand­ed at the air­port both ba­si­cal­ly had to shut down and turn peo­ple away be­cause the de­sire to help was so strong. I gath­er that the same is true pret­ty well around the world.

I'm a Web guy; I rec­om­mend vis­it­ing Script­ing.­com and go­ing back to that Tues­day and read­ing for­ward - he has ev­ery rel­e­vant news point­er and some cov­er­age that's not just the same-old same-old.

And at noon to­day, let's shut up for a minute and join the rest of the world in a re­spect and sym­pa­thy. My prayer will be for wis­dom in our lead­er­s; they'll need it, be­cause this prob­lem just isn't easy.

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