Friday, October 10, 2008

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

I have been telling people for years that the crazies came out at the end of all the other centuries and this is no different. Except the crazies have better weapons and more access to civilization than ever. One of the reasons I know this is from other sources that quote Major Griffith, and I have also read Laqueur and agree with most of his writing, not all, but most. He does good research and he should be in the library of all who following security issues.

Schneier on Security: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Guess the year:

Murderous organizations have increased in size and scope; they are more daring, they are served by the most terrible weapons offered by modern science, and the world is nowadays threatened by new forces which, if recklessly unchained, may some day wreck universal destruction. The Orsini bombs were mere children's toys compared with the later developments of infernal machines. Between 1858 and 1898 the dastardly science of destruction had made rapid and alarming strides...

No, that wasn't a typo. 'Between 1858 and 1898....' This quote is from Major Arthur Griffith, Mysteries of Police and Crime, London, 1898, II, p. 469. It's quoted in: Walter Laqueur, A History of Terrorism, New Brunswick/London, Transaction Publishers, 2002."

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