2015 December 22 Tuesday
Vladimir Putin Says Use Islamic Caliphate For Target Practice
Scott Adams adds walls and finds this idea appealing:
Once we get the Caliphate walled-up, we can dump the Guantanamo Bay leftovers there too. Compare that to Plan A, in which we release them and they kill us.
Walls: Is there anything they canít do?
Adams advocates for renaming ISIS to Virgin Zombie Target Practice.
Will advances in robotics eventually doom all insurgent movements? Will the biggest capital owners be able to devastate any insurgency? Is ISIS going to accelerate the development of robotic ground forces that will make human labor ineffective in fighting for a religious or political sect?
By Randall Parker at 2015 December 22 09:47 PM
How come the useful idiots haven't yet drummed Adams out of the cartoon business for the heinous crime of "Islamophobia"?
The lower the female employment rate, the happier (relative to men) women were; the female:male happiness ratio was highest (in favor of women!) in Muslim countries and the Middle East.
We will not deploy robotic soldiers, because we will not allow them independence of action. If robotic soldiers are developed, they will be deployed by our enemies against us. ISIS is more likely to get them than us.
One complication is the numerosity of the potential ISIS sympathizer population: 1,6 billion. And they will be everywhere in a few decades. France is already nearly 10 % Muslim, and UK is 4.8 %, with similar figures in Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands.
Speaking about the walled regions for target practice, by mid-century the walled regions will have to be everywhere, occupying a much larger territory than the US. But EU will probably be lost by the end of this century, and EU has the science and engineering infrastructure as well as the talent to threaten the US when its population is Muslim-educated.
But don't get me wrong, I am not saying that robots policing walled regions won't work. It is that the walled regions will have to include even the interior of our own territory, and the robots will have to police our own neighborhoods, with a camera in every house. The interior of the walled region will be much bigger than the defending region.
As for Putin's problem: what he worries about is not just Syria and Iraq, but his own neighborhood in Russia. The interior of Russia is 10 % Muslim, and Russia is surrounded by Muslim nations at its periphery, at a time when its Christian population is declining and the Muslims are increasing. By 2050 the walled region will have to be very big indeed.
Thus, in some sense Putin is correct: in order to prepare for a much bigger war, you do need some target practicing, with a realistic environment. Chechnya, Syria, etc, are just that. Preparation for the bigger event.