Will science and technology be the decisive factors in the war on terror?
In the war on terror, a host of new technologies have been unleashed. Major fronts are being fought in the nation's laboratories as scientists explore how to counter biological warfare. Will advances in science and technology prove to be the decisive factors in the fight against terrorism? Will biological weapons determine who wins? Share your thoughts.
No technology will never be able to enter the mind of a terrorist, therefore the most hi-tech defense system cannot prevent the simplest of attacks such as the bombs that continually harass the country of Israel. It looms largely that some lunatic will eventually destroy a tunnel at rush hour or in a crowded store at Christmas time, etc.
jonny , chelsea
Technology will not stop terrorism. Terrorism is the result of people valuing their goals in life higher then someone else's life (or goals). A bomb detector or missile does nothing to change someone's view of the world. I'ld also suggest that missiles are in the long run likely to create more terrorism rather then less. No matter who is hurt by forceful action, someone will consider the injured party to be a victim. The more injured parties, the more 'victims' who are likely to inspire others to terrorist activities. In addition, advancing technology makes 'weapons of mass destruction' easier and easier to produce. In my lifetime, I expect that your well equipped high-school science lab will be easily capable of producing chemical and (more importantly) biological weapons. Instead of distraught teens taking their parent's guns to school, we'll have them whipping up batches of botulism toxin and dumping them in the town reservoir. This is why in the long term, I believe we have to create a world where people feel that their chance at a good life is not being arbitraily stopped by others. We will never be able to eliminate this completely, but we have some hope of limiting these feeling to individuals rather then whole communities or cultures.
Bill , Cambridge