January 08, 2009

Crime that changed the world

  I recently learned of a kidnapping that made a life-style change for all of us. A Chinese entrepreneur invents a unique product. The demand for this new product is overwhelming, so the inventor trains technicians in its manufacturing process.

  Competition being what it is, it's difficult to keep a secret such as this for very long. Several technicians are kidnapped by Arabs, according to reports. Details are sketchy, but it's presumed the Chinese technicians are seized in a remote area of the Middle East. It is known that they end up in the area known as Turkestan.

  Google, Yahoo and other information sources on the Internet contain very little information about this kidnapping. Therefore, I was unable to find out if it is through torture or interrogation that makes the victims give up their closely-guarded secrets. It's clear, however, that the prisoners hold back nothing from their Arab captors.

  The techniques the Chinese technicians reveal are quickly duplicated in Baghdad. English-speaking travelers soon learn about the revolutionary process and take the secret to Europe. It was only a matter of time before this amazing technology spreads to the West.

  The kidnapping is not reported on CNN or any of the major networks. You may be certain that all of the networks now know about the invention and its importance, but they do not report the crime — probably because the crime occurred before Marconi invented the wireless.

  What about the newspapers? They've been around a lot longer than the electronic media. They didn't report it either — for technical reasons.

  The kidnapping I'm referring to happened more than 2,000 years ago. The victims of this centuries-old crime were trainees of Ts'ai Lun — the man who invented paper, back in A. D. 105. That's right, terrorists stole the secret of making paper.

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