Hugo Chavez Versus YouTube
And so it is proved that the networked insurgency can operate against the Left as well. And probably against al-Qaeda too, once they get enough Buddhist monks stirred up against them. The diffusion of technology is never limited to one side or the other. Why is it impossible, in principle, for some shadowy group to fly hijacked jets into Mecca at the height of the pilgrim season? Where is it written that non-Muslim extremists cannot attack Teheran with a weapons of mass destruction? Nowhere. And for that reason it is important for civilization to get a grip on things and ensure that the 21st century does not become the era of chaotic mass murder.
Speak of the devil, Power Line has a post related to this very subject.
Yesterday, we noted an uprising against al Qaeda by Sunni residents of west Baghdad who were fed up with the terrorists. Today, a follow-up from the Associated Press as the revolt spreads; it's an interesting story, and maybe an important one: "An al-Qaida-linked suicide bomber struck a safehouse occupied by an insurgent group that has turned against the terror network. Friday's attack northeast of Baghdad killed two other militants, police said, the latest sign that an internal Sunni power struggle is spreading."
In the revolt of the Anbar tribes and the internecine fighting that has become a feature of any space where "militant" groups start to form, we see the strengths and weaknesses of the terrorist mode of warfare. As I argued in the Three Conjectures, once nuclear weapons become available to this battlefield an extremely unstable situation will arise because deterrence has no point of leverage. It will just go on and on. There is no stable plateau where an exchange of nuclear car bombs will level off. There is no one to even negotiate surrender with. Not even a sure way to know who is attacking who. The only thing left to do under those circumstances is to finish off anything which might remotely be a threat. And therefore -- therefore -- we should do everything possible to keep things from deteriorating to this point. Calling Mohammed El Baradei, Mohammed El Baradei. Never mind.