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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