Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Tom Clancy effect

HBO is showing "The Hunt for Red October" this afternoon, which
was a fantastic book and not a bad movie at the time. It just came out
about 2 years too late when the Soviet Union was already in mid-collapse.

This movie brought to mind something I thought of earlier in the week.
As soon as the planes hit the wtc and the pentagon on september 11th,
I immediately thought of the Tom Clancy novel "Debt of Honor", in which
a war with japan ended with a 747 crashing into the Capitol building on
purpose. I thought it was interesting that Al Queda likes Tom Clancy
novels.

Now that the war in the middle east is heating up, it reminds me of
the book "Executive Orders", where a war happened after a cabal
including china and iran hatched a plan to take over Saudi Arabia.

Really nothing like what's happening now, except that one side effect
of Korea firing it's missiles last week was an aircraft carrier group moving
from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, so that we would have 5 in the
Pacific. Call me paranoid, or Clanseyesque, but Korea might have been
a distraction from a bigger plan. How long until we can call the Axis of
evil just the "Axis Powers"?

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