Government Agent on Every Corner, a Wiretap on Every Phone
by Simon Black: The
Canary in the Coal Mine Is in Southeast Asia
George S. Patton is often credited with saying No poor bastard
ever won a war by dying for his country. Perhaps Patton was
correct. But a lot of poor bastards had a significant impact on
security policies by blowing themselves up for their cause.
suicide attack at Domodedovo airport in Moscow was another stark
reminder that there are people in this world who have (a) extreme
commitment to their cause; (b) the will to die for their beliefs;
and (c) the twisted moral compass to justify the deaths of others
as necessary and legitimate.
ingredients are a dangerous combination, and unfortunately they
exist in mass quantities among fanatics who have lost sight of their
want to get into the chicken or egg argument right now about whether
such fanaticism would exist without authoritarian, imperialistic
arrogance on the part of major world governments
it to say that, with each attack on civilian targets, governments
step up their military/police efforts in the “war on terror.”
how government defense planners always seem to be training their
troops to fight the last war. For example, the WW2-style training
in the US that lasted for decades which prepared troops to fight
against Soviet forces proved largely irrelevant in the jungle warfare
environment of Vietnam, or the desert in Kuwait.
jungle warfare and traditional desert warfare training proved largely
irrelevant in the 1990s peacekeeping operations in the Balkans,
and training for peacekeeping operations proved largely irrelevant
for Iraqs counterinsurgency operations.
As the military
now focuses its training on preparing troops for yesterdays
counterinsurgency operations, I suspect defense planners are largely
ignoring tomorrows threats, like cyber- and economic warfare.
every time there is an attack on civilian targets, governments come
out in force against the threat. When someone tries to explode his
shoe, everyone has to take his/her shoes off. When someone tries
to explode his underwear, everyone has to go through a body scanner.
bombing yesterday proved that these reactive tactics are completely
ineffective, akin to training to fight the last war.
are everywhere, and if government agencies make it too difficult
to blow up a plane, attackers will blow up the airport. If they
cant blow up an airport, theyll blow up a bus station
you name it.
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January 27, 2011
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