Wednesday, 30 April 2008


The recent assassination attempt on the Afghan president highlights the problem with security. A major parade in a war torn country involves masses of security, with ring after ring of steel.
But still an assassination attempt was made. How can it happen? How did the security measures fail so absolutely? Well, the simple fact is, it is inevitable that they will. And this is a lesson we need to take into the rest of the world.
I was in the UK forces during the height of the IRA campaigns in the UK mainland. And the mantra of all security is simple. To be successful, security forces need to get it right 100% of the time. Terrorists only need 1% success.
Just one success out of 99 failures is enough. The odds are stacked in their favour.

(c) Anthony North, April 2008

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Sandee (Comedy +) said...

So true. I worked in law enforcement for 25 years and can attest to what you have said here. That 1% is awful. Have a great day. :)

anthonynorth said...

Hi Sandee,
25 years in law enforcement?
I salute you.

Anonymous said...

I am backreading again and going to find that essay bar somewhere.
Here's a suggestion. Get God out of the middle of their mess. They shoulda woke up 25 years ago. Too Little Too late. So now they all want to stick it in God's face. Like there will be a freeze over before He moves on that mess. Here we just pray for the men on both sides too young and don't know have a clue. Soon as they leave it will be like all norths and souths if you get that drift. They need security for a decade. And I think it's some other country's turn to babysit. Just venting. I just came from a comment site and everything bad is like God and that is just not the case. Primely bad decisions man makes. Has nothing to do with God. It was not His idea. If there would have been an atheist in office they would have went anyway. I mean New York City. There was someone from every country in the world in those two towers.