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Engineering a solution


The war against terrorism should involve richer nations assisting poorer to develop their own resources, including water supply, sanitation, electricity and communications - the things we take for granted.

It seems natural to us that we can eat fresh food, turn on a tap to get hot or cold water, flush a toilet, switch on a light or turn on a TV, pick up a phone, drive to another city or take a plane ride. Almost everything that we take for granted comes with engineering.

However, the fundamentals of water supply and disposal, irrigation and power generation are not widespread in many other countries. Poverty and hunger are commonplace in many areas of the world where education in engineering is lacking. Education breeds civilization, and engineering is the fundamental foundation of the civilization that we take for granted.

It seems that terrorism feeds on poor people, perhaps from different religious beliefs, but perhaps coming from mostly poor countries. We who have the education should help give the capabilities we possess to countries who are 'less privileged'.

We could start a fund to put engineers into all countries needing our skills. Independent of any nation, any race and any religion, we in our profession could help defeat terrorism, by helping develop poor countries.

We could contribute some of our time and truly work for the benefit of mankind.

Bil Stewart, president, Stewart Technology Associates, 5619 Val Verde, Houston, TX 77057, USA

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