Also from Stross, an explanation why US President Bush’s Mars expedition initiative makes much more sense as an extension of his administration’s defense policy:
- We believe
the Martians posess weapons of mass destruction (heat rays,
tripod death machines, red weed).
- It is
possible that Osama bin Laden is on Mars. (Image enhancement
of the background to bin Laden’s videotapes rebroadcast via Al
Jazeera are suggestive of a boulder-strewn desolate wasteland.
We know that Osama bin Laden cannot be found in Afghanistan,
and Mars is also a boulder-strewn wasteland, so Osama bin
Laden may indeed be on Mars.)
- Tony Blair has asked us to allow time for
diplomacy to work, but the Martians have stubbornly refused to
talk to the British Beagle 2 lander.