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Intelligently Fighting Terrorism

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posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 03:27 AM
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Many people (myself included) are a little miffed when asked, “What is the best method of fighting terrorism? How would you go about it?”. Terrorism is such an ambiguous, nebulous thing. It’s not like a tangible object that you can put your finger on. Terrorism is all around us and amongst us. It’s in practically every country and major city. You can’t just bomb each location where it’s known to exist. You’d end up bombing yourself.

Back in the days of the Cold War we at least knew who the enemy was. Not only ethnically, but physically by it’s location on the planet. We knew where to aim our missiles and drop our bombs; we had a distinct target. We also used the same weapons and tactics, and it was an apples to apples confrontation.

Now, it’s nothing like that. It’s more of an apples to oranges struggle, with the enemy bombarding us from every direction. Our old cold war weapons of mass destruction no longer shield us from a silent, unknown and deadly enemy. There is no “central” command to assault. Our enemy may be next door.

There is one place we can look to for help, though. It’s not a definitive answer to the problem, and is not the solution that will suddenly make everyone in the world content and lacking the motivation to become a “terrorist”. However, it may be a means to more intelligently wage war against those who seek to destroy us. It’s akin to military strategy, but is a bit more so. It’s a mathematical and computer data mining technique of predicting human behavior based upon given criteria. It’s called Order Theory.

It begins with a large database on a group of known terrorists. It analyzes common factors amongst the group, like phone calls, political affiliations, places to worship, etc. and produces a behavioral model. It involves decision-making equations and computes things like “feelings”. In the end, one can plug in certain actions taken and predict how the enemy might react. The process can become rather involved. It’s not “perfect”, but is a surprisingly accurate technique. It’s a lot like what Generals do now, but is contained in a computer program. Brilliant generals are few in number and far in between. A computer program can be developed that is efficient and cheap overall.

My explanation is quite lacking, but the following link may shed more light on the method and where it’s currently at:

story.news.yahoo.com.../ap/20041010/ap_on_sc/math_against_terror

As we push on with this “War on Terror”, perhaps machines and mathematicians will become increasingly involved. One thing’s for sure, we can’t just use brute force to fight this war; it’s much bigger and more complicated than current capabilities to fight. Perhaps devising a mind shift would be more successful. According to terror expert, Gordon Woo, "Terrorism is a thinking man's game …".

Just throwing this out to see if anyone has any ideas regarding the topic …



posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 04:08 AM
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A key factor in combating terrorism is not fueling the Jihad.



posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 04:14 AM
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Bushblows,

Not sure what you mean, but it's not meant as a way to fuel the movement; it's meant as a means to defuel it ...



posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 04:31 AM
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Originally posted by bushblows
A key factor in combating terrorism is not fueling the Jihad.

I see, look the other way and they well stop killing people



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