A few weeks ago someone told me that the Cold War was won because we were able to master silicon first. Well, I don’t know, but this could be true, in part, I suppose. The next thing that popped into my head was:
If the Cold War was won with silicon, we are currently losing the war on terrorism due to Web 2.0. Ouch! Web 2.0 enables these folks to communicate, share tradecraft, recruit and synchronize at a velocity and resiliency that is unprecedented.
This is certainly one of the key mechanisms enabling the viral-like growth of Al Qaeda-aligned missionaries. What evidence, you might ask? Check out this story ("Web of Terror") written by Rita Katz and Josh Devon.