Posted at 16:13h in The Friday BriefWednesday’s market opened with much promise. Our president said there were indications that our efforts against the Taliban and Al Qaeda were showing success. IBM and several other notable companies reported earnings that were better than expectations. The DOW and NASDAQ opened up 100 and 30 points, respectively, above their Tuesday close. Investors seemed to ignore the news that terrorists had crossed yet another line by assassinating Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi outside his hotel room. Later in the morning, though, the weight of two events finally began to drive the resilient market down. The first was a lack of financial inspiration from Mr. Greenspan followed by a steady flow of new anthrax letters cropping up in places of high visibility.