The Starfish And The Terrorist

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This video by Johnathan Rauch is making the rounds.

I think the “starfish” analogy works equally well for the structure of Islamic extremist organizations. That is one of the reasons why it’s seemingly impossible to nail down exactly what a victory in the GWOT would look like. If you kill Bin Ladrn, it not only goes on, but his martyrdom will surly inspire new groups to emerge. As we have seen in both Iraq and Afghanistan, if you eradicate a stronghold, they simply slide (slither?) to a new one. Sure, you could poison the whole sea, but that would just be killing ourselves, as we also swim in it.

Proof of God!

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From an Amazon book reviewer,

“…mathematics has demonstrated that infinite numbers exist in theory. So how can one account for infinite numbers if one solely relies on a finite epistemic foundation (finite cosmos interpreted by finite human minds)? Can ascribing theism as one’s epistemic source be the solution? Can presupposing an infinite transcendent God justify infinite numbers? For one can count: 1, 2, 3, 4,… and go on infinitely. One can count backwards: -1, -2, -3, -4,… and go on infinitely in that direction. Yet our universe is finite. Without an infinite God, one cannot account for infinite numbers.”

Oh, I guess I’m converted now.

“Without an infinite God, one cannot account for infinite numbers.”

Good Lord. No wonder I’m agnostic.