"If all we talk about are institutions when people are dying, they're gonna think we're crazy."
Quote of the day by Madeleine Albright in a staged exercise where different sections of the world (Europe and Northern America) are being contaminated with smallpox due to terrorist attacks.
According to BBC Newsnight, (see link for related program ánd .ram-file of this night's subjects), one of these exercices convinced George W. Bush to invest in the production of vaccinations for the complete population of the USA.
Recap of this exercise:
*Panic on the ground within the first few hours of the attacks.
*I believe they [the simulated crises-team] finally decided, after having had tea --France was in there as well you know-- to let the World Health Organization be responsible for one or two things (the UN wasn't available due to being occupied with "assessing" stuff ...).
*Too little, too few: some countries had enough vaccines, others could hardly cope.
*In a few weeks, millions of casualties.
Television thanks Auntie Beeb, as do I tonight.
Defense plan prepared for remote islands
The plan calls for a dispatch of 55,000 troops from the Ground Self-Defense Force as well as planes, warships and submarines from the main islands in the event the remote islands are attacked.
Scary, the article being "a leak" or not (see the link Glenn Reynolds is providing). The EU doesn't seem to worry:
The EU embargo on arms exports to China is likely to be lifted in the next six months despite US objections, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said.
When the world bends over for the French and the Germans ... .