1. “My work becomes the deterrent…” strikes me as a naive statement.

    Apropos to Thomas Freidman’s “The Undeterrables” (NYT ~ 2002), the enemies of the U.S. (jihadists and their ilk) are not deterred by real swords much less virtual ones. They believe that their own deaths, in support of myopic tribal goals, will be rewarded by Allah.

    The entities that will be deterred by ‘virtual swords’ are responsible nation states. These entities have already been deferred effectively by economic considerations.

    So ‘virtual swords’ strikes me as a short term political strategy for gaining votes and, possibly, cutting costs.

    What have I missed?

    “Virtual swords’ may reduce the U.S.’s carbon footprint by one part in a billion, but that is another topic for another day.

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