Building a defense that defends
Thoughts on building a defense that actually defends, on this tenth anniversary of the successful terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11) The most successful defense is one that makes it unnecessary to strike back at an enemy, because the enemy is either unable to mount a successful attack, or is deterred from doing so. Deterrence does not work with fanatics who are willing to die themselves in the act of attacking someone else. However, deterrence could work against the sponsors of terrorism. Thanks to extensive investigation both before and after 9/11 we know who it is that sponsored the nineteen young men who hijacked four American commercial aircraft and flew them into the two tall buildings at the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon building of the U.S. Department of Defense near Washington, DC. Follow the money is a maxim for showing the way to the source of wrongdoing. We know that an oil-rich autocracy in the Middle East has financed an especially violent