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Information War, Terror and Cultural Subversion

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Information War, Cyberwar, Netwar, Anti-War, Technowar, Postmodern War are all new buzzwords in the field of military theory, buzzwords that are now becoming more commonplace and are entering the cultural mainstream.
I will not regurgitate the propaganda about the ‘information age’ and all the talks about superhighways, but stick to the field of military theory and then draw attention to the fact how much this concerns us…
The connection of concepts of information and the conduct of war was certainly not lost on the military theoreticians in the past from Sun Tse onwards. Napoleon is quoted as saying that three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. [Read more →]

Prevention of Terrorism?

Largely unnoticed by the public the Labour government has been sneaking in “anti-terrorist” legislation in the wake of the Omagh bombing and is planning to sharpen their knives even further with new proposed laws.
It becomes clear that ‘new’ Labour has been put into power because it is even more radical in defending crisis-struck capitalism than the Tories. Blair’s is an entirely different type of extremism than Thatcher’s, a more modern one. So get ready for repression: [Read more →]

Bomb Graffiti

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Somewhere near the end of ‘Apocalypse Now’ Colonel Kurtz, sitting in the almost impenetrable darkness, utters the memorable line: “They teach young men to drop fire on people, but won’t allow them to write ‘Fuck’ on their aeroplanes because they consider it obscene”.
We are (possibly) all quite familiar with this film and the scene I mention – Kurtz, in his final rambling monologue, is trying to articulate his vision of the inexpressible, terrifying reality of human savagery that he has witnessed and participated in, before himself being ‘terminated’. [Read more →]

“Expect To Be Exposed To Murder At Any Time”

Labelled “one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world” Osama Bin laden has been linked to many major terrorist attacks and initiatives in recent years – including the World Trade Center bombing, plots to kill President Clinton and the Pope, and attacks on U.S troops in Saudi Arabia and Somalia. He has also used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in the Sudan, the Philippines and Afghanistan, sending holy warriors to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya and Tajikistan, even Bosnia. Move over Carlos The Jackal!
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Plague in this Town

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Some time in 1997, the Mail on Sunday ran a tragic story. Apparently the Camorra, Naples’equivalent of the Mafia, has made the city too dangerous for English tourists who would like to gaze at its beautiful ruins. Or in other words, the Non Governmental Organization which for a century provided enough security to make heritage backpacking possible has lately adopted methods that tend to destroy passers-by. ‘We defeated the Red Brigades’, wailed the chief of Naples police, ‘but we can’t beat the Camorra because it grows out of the community. The only answer would be to bulldoze all the Camorra areas (i.e. the poorest in the city) and give them somewhere else to live.’ [Read more →]

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