Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Put on Your Thinking Caps

I was going to give the link, but why help this idiot get exposure: me thinking about what I would do to maximize terror if I were a terrorist with limited resources. I’d start by thinking about what really inspires fear. One thing that scares people is the thought that they could be a victim of an attack. With that in mind, I’d want to do something that everybody thinks might be directed at them, even if the individual probability of harm is very low. Humans tend to overestimate small probabilities, so the fear generated by an act of terrorism is greatly disproportionate to the actual risk.

Also, I’d want to create the feeling that an army of terrorists exists, which I’d accomplish by pulling off multiple attacks at once, and then following them up with more shortly thereafter.

I’m sure many readers have far better ideas. I would love to hear them. Consider that posting them could be a form of public service.....
Yea, great public service: brainstorm the most effective terrorist attacks. It's (big surprise) a NYT blog. What a simple Mission Statement: Aid the terrorists any way you can. Way to go Pinch.

It doesn't say what you win if any of your ideas are used. Just bragging rights I guess.