Cory Dodt suggested paying Iraqi soldiers to surrender. This actually works quite well - lets say you have 100,000 Iraqi soldiers. If we give each 1 million US$ to surrender, that comes to $100 billion - half the projected cost of the war. Quote from #twisted:
or maybe just pay his army to surrender. it would cost less than shipping 250,000 troops over there, i'll bet you. the oil companies would probably chip in too
we could get everyone involved. like sponsoring a starving child in africa. except you're sponsoring an iraqi to surrender.
i wonder if we could get them to write their sponsors letters. "thank you for not blowing me up. thanks to your generous donation of 1 million dollars, instead of being dead, i am now an oil magnate in my native country."
Tommorow I'll post my summary of Little Languages Workshop (preview - Erlang, I ask stupid questions and get put down in public, suggested Python atrocities, and more).