Thursday, August 10, 2006

The British Islamic terror plot and Gardening 101

When I was still a young boy and living at home, one of my constant responsibilities was to help out with the yardwork...mowing the lawn and weeding, especially.

My father taught me one of the basics of gardening .. that to really do an effective job of weeding, you can't just go after the part above ground. You have to get down deep and get the roots to be successful. He could almost always tell when I tried to shirk the job and just make things look good, as opposed to doing what was needed.

The recent Islamist plot to blow up airlines in Britain has a lot in common with the 7/7 bombings,the Muslim terrorists jailed in Canada,the DC sniper, le jihad Francais and a host of other modern atrocities - they all involve home grown, presumably assimilated Muslims who have been radicalized by the local mosques and madrassahs.

Now, we can keep lopping off the tops of the weeds whenever we happen to see them, and hope that we get them all before they take over the whole garden and destroy it.

So far, we've been outrageously lucky.

Or we can roll up our sleeves, do a proper job of weeding and get to the roots.

One of my favorite philosophical tools is something called Occam's Razor, named after the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham.

The core of Occam's Razor states:`entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem',which translates as `things should not be multiplied beyond necessity.'

Or in other words, the simplest and most direct solution or explanation to a given problem is usually the best.

I'll have more on this later.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

from the fox news web-article:

Tariq Azim Khan, the Pakistani minister of state for information, said "these people were born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Some of them may have parents who were immigrants from Pakistan."

hey listen up, we got a new nominee for baghdad bob.

i can't believe ff would let me soil his web-site by posting blather like the above. he must be very very tolerant.