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1 UNDERSTAND ING THE WAR

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Y BOOK, “Anticipating Tomorrow” describes the manner in which technology impacts the nontechnological world. Being in the 9th decade of my life with a ticking clock, I am not surprised by the clash of civilizations engendered by those transformations nor by the passion of the subsequent confrontations, of which Al Queda is a prime example. We call the people battling for modernity a “national army”. They call theirs an “army of God”. That dichotomy may seem a huge simplification but it goes straight to the heart of the issues. Our opponents can legitimately claim as much as 1/5 of the world’s population as potential recruits. With such a fragmented antagonist who would we negotiate with? What would constitute victory with such a splintered adversary and how does one get all of them to recognize it?” “Who signs the peace treaty, and indeed can there be a general peace treaty?” Considering the nature

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