Well, here it is the 21st century, where it's all about carbombs versus
When you think about it, this Al Qaeda guy in Yemen was basically riding in a
"car bomb" without the, uhm, voluntary suicide.
Everybody and his sister is going to make these flying robots now. All shapes and
Like the "Black Widow", a flying saucer six inches across. Maybe it'll pack a
single-shot .22 and blow somebody's head off.
Al Qaeda is way into martyrdom per se. It doesn't make any tactical
sense for three suicide car bombers to blow up one hotel. Shouldn't
three guys have blown up at least three hotels? And how come it took Al
Qaeda 19 guys to bag two skyscrapers, four airplanes and part of the
Pentagon? If Al Qaeda had 19 Tim McVeighs and Unabombers on the
loose in the USA, blowing up important buildings and people and then
hiding and running away, man, the Administration would be coming out of
its skin by now.
The problem with these secret aviation projects is that you have to change
all your blueprints if the President mispronounces an acronym.
The world probably doesn't have any "Black Mantas," which seems kind of a
shame as they are right out the Gernsback Continuum.
There is something remarkably unpleasant and creepy about these pious
mourning-shrine phenomena. It reminds me of bin Laden's weird habit of
spending most of his working time in camps and hospitals.
It's all about the clean white bandages and the charity. Oh yeah,
you bet it is.
Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him,
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He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.