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Two men, both billionaires.

One develops relatively cheap software and gives hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.

The other sponsors terrorism.

That being the case, why is it that the US government has spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the past ten years than Osama bin Laden?

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That's a very good question. Then you have to ask who is the bigger terrorist? The man in the suit with the mobile phone, briefcase and making money or the man that decides to blow up buildings for political purposes?

More often than not, people will choose the business man. Why? Good question...

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Oh yuh cuz we sleep till we are hit
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Perhaps more has been spent on tracking terrorists than we know.  We certainly had a detailed accounting of the guilty parties in very short order.  Their locations, their travels, their bank accounts... all somehow were known to us very quickly.
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Yes, I have to agree with Nan..It does seem that they pulled a lot of info out of a hat but I think they have been keeping tabs on  him for quite some time. Especially since the Gulf War where he really started passing the message of how we were desecrating the Holy ground and even the air space. If anything....Bill Gates could probably sponsor our debt it will take to make changes and offer protection against further terrorist action. I think the Gov. should seek his help and quit hindering him. Excellent question though!

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Funny thing about representative governments. They generally reflect what your concerns are.

The idea of going after Bill Gates was to make the soft ware industry better for you.

How interested were you in international politics, terrorism, and the Israel/Palestine issue before 911?

I mean, how much did you really think about these things before you voted?

Regina,
Are you suggesting we nationalize Microsoft?


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Sharon is there some info you can pass on re: cost of microsoft anti-trust case vs. the pursuit of bin Laden?  If there is I'd be interested in reviewing it.
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Good point Brad!
  Can I just ask one question? Where's Condit and aren't you glad you don't hear his name anymore?

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LOL Brad! No, Just appealing to his charitable side..the Billion he probably wouldn't miss this week. His taxes alone could probably fund our schools and care for our elderly for numerous years. The only thing that makes me leery of Bill Gates, ...his heirs. How many does Bin Laden have? Many Gov. to come will be trying to calibrate the flow. There will always be a new oil.

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Sadly, I've never heard a figure for the exact amount spent on the search for terrorists...does that negate the statement though? Or is it that the Microsoft issue was more widely published than the terrorist issue?
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Uh, who's Condit?

The airplane guy? I haven't been paying much attention to that. I suppose my lack of access to the television (only one channel, the military channel) is sometimes a blessing in disguise.  

As far as the search for terrorists, would you include the money spent on Special Ops in the military? How about the money spent on intelligence agencies?

I don't quite know how you would calculate it.

Honestly, though, I'd just rather keep the two issues separate. I don't see the paradox, I see two different issues: one was distant, one was close.

I also don't think anyone really considered the possibility of 911. Do you remember the reports on terrorist threats before? Didn't they all have an air of 'this could happen someday but it won't happen tomorrow'?

They felt unreal to me anyway.

Not anymore.

Brad
 
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