22 Oct 2008
Terror as Adaptation
Terror is an adaptation – a natural response to tyranny of selfish global superpowers. A superior imperial superpower cannot be attacked directly using large army troops, it must be attacked by single, disguised actors in sudden surprise attacks – acts of terror in a guerrilla warfare. For the forces of the galactic empire, the rebels who want to destroy the death star are clearly terrorists. The only niche a superpower leaves is the decentralized, non-profit “terror” network which wants to save the world. The terror network is an adaptation to this niche. Terrorism is the stateless fight against imperial power, and it exists because the imperial power or state acts unjust and ‘selfish’. Therefore I think the phrase “War on Terror” is ridiculous. You cannot eradicate terror with occupation and imperial behavior. Occupation of countries is the best motivation for terrorists attacks.
The “war on terror” – the conflict USA vs. terrorists – is a bit like the futile fight of Microsoft vs. Open Source. In both cases a decentralized, non-profit network is the response to a centralized commercial superpower. Microsoft is not only a world or market leader, it is a superpower in the software world. Many open-source fans condemn Microsoft in the same way as some terrorists hate the USA. The only niche a centralized superpower leaves is the decentralized self-organizing system in the nobody-owns-it niche. Microsoft cannot beat Linux, in the same way that the USA cannot beat Al-Qaeda. There is no clear point where you can attack and throw your bomb except the symbolic leader. If he hides, your goal vanishes, too. In Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden occupies a similar role as Linus Torvalds in Linux or Jimmy Wales in WIKIPEDIA.
The largest software company (Microsoft) and the largest army (the US Army) both have no natural enemies in their domains, but they have “complementary” enemies: The US warmachine is fighting against stateless terrorism, and Microsoft is fighting against ownerless open source software. As the US will never be able to stop terrorism, Microsoft will probably never be able to stop open source and Linux. If Google will start to act as a selfish global superpower, then we will probably see the emergence of a decentralized self-organizing system in the nobody-owns-it niche again.