Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Terrorism in Minneapolis?
Bridge collapse? Terrorism in Minneapolis? We haven't heard that charge, yet. Why not? Municipal engineers have been blowing the whistle for decades. Nobody has listened to them. They are just feathering their nest it has been said. Bridges and other "infrastructure" have been aging as capacity has increased beyond design. Meanwhile the military-industrial complex has soaked up money for bombs and bullets. Of course militarists say these are required to keep everyone safe. Bridge maintenance is not as sexy as billion dollar fighter jet development programs. But how safe will those things make people as they drive to work across creaky, rotting concrete spans? (Yes, concrete rots.) Who are the terrorists? Where are the terrorists? It's time to take another look.