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One pissed off rodent…

Posted by Brian on July 25, 2007

Damn… I’ve never seen the Marmot so angry. Not that I disagree with his sentiment, mind you. Just the other day in class a student referred to America has the “world policeman” with a touch of disdain in his voice. Now, the Korean media is trying to drag America into the middle of this mess in order to a) find a scapegoat should worst come to worst; and b) somehow find an ally with the clout in Kabul necessary to get things done. Robert writes (in italics so you know he means it):

NOTE TO YONHAP — It’s not the United States that’s caught in a dilemma. You are. The US will (or at least should) do exactly what it did with the Italians — not a God-damned thing (unless Seoul asks for a rescue operation). You, on the other hand, are now faced with a choice — can now either stick firm to the principle of not negotiating with terrorists and let your hostages die, or pay an extravagant amount of money — both in ransom to the Taliban and to buy influence with the Afghan government — AND piss off the United States, Great Britain, Germany and just about every other NATO member with troops in Afghanistan (save for, perhaps, the Italians) to rescue your guys. Have fun.

Cutting a deal and/or paying off the kidnappers would do far more damage to an already unstable environment and could most likely be linked to future acts of terror that result in the deaths of even more innocents. Now, I might be willing to somehow look away if the hostages were a group of nurses or teachers in the country legally at the invitation of the Afghan government, but I see no compelling reason to bend the rules for people who went there illegally, despite numerous warnings not to go there, and didn’t even bother to take basic security steps once there. That’s just insane.

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Remember when…

Posted by Brian on July 25, 2007

Remember when board games were usually nothing more than a square board, some dice, and a few counters? Well, compare that to this:


That’s Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, from Days of Wonder. The really neat thing is that the box itself is used as part of the game, as you can see from this picture:


Pretty damn cool, huh? Nifty bits aside, it’s a pretty fun game that I have at home in Seattle.

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