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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Killing Cancer

As I perused Instapundit page, I saw a link to The Will to Exist, run by a soldier in Iraq. He had the greatest analogy I've heard yet about why timetables are a bad idea.

It’s sad that so many Iraqis and others are dying over here. However, when you discover you have cancer the treatment is always the same - attack it at the source. You don’t wait for it to spread. And when is the last time you heard a doctor putting a limited timetable on cancer therapy? I can picture it in my mind. “Mr. Smith, we have seen some progress with your tumor. It’s shrinking. But we need to move on now. The timetable for treating you has passed. Good luck.”

I'll count myself lucky if I ever come up with something as deeply illustrative yet fantastically simple.