By Fred Charles Iklé
In this eloquent and impassioned e-book, safeguard specialist Fred Iklé predicts a revolution in nationwide safety that few strategists have grasped; fewer nonetheless are conscious of its historical roots. we're preoccupied with suicide bombers, jihadist terrorists, and rogue international locations generating nuclear guns, yet those menaces are only far-off thunder that foretells the collection storm.
It is the darkish aspect of technological growth that explains this rising obstacle. Globalization promises the unfold of latest applied sciences, even if priceless or harmful, and this proliferation reaches past North Korea, Iran, and different rogue states. our best danger is a crafty tyrant gaining ownership of some guns of mass destruction. His goal wouldn't be to damage landmarks, highjack airplanes, or assault railroad stations. He could annihilate a nation's govt from inside of and suppose dictatorial energy. the 20th century deals shiny examples of tyrants who've exploited significant nationwide failures via rallying violent fans and intimidating a whole nation.
To clarify how now we have develop into so weak, Iklé turns to background. a few 250 years in the past, technological know-how was once free of political and non secular constraints, inflicting a cultural cut up during which one a part of our tradition remained lively by way of faith and politics whereas the opposite turned guided through technology. due to the fact then, technological growth and the evolving political order march to diverse drummers. technological know-how advances at an accelerating velocity whereas faith and politics circulation alongside a zigzag direction. This divergence will widen and endanger the survival of all nations.
Drawing on his event as a Washington insider, Iklé outlines functional measures which can comfortably be carried out to aid us stay away from the worst disaster.
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