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05 July 2007

In a generation

From tdaxp, we note with grim resonance the following:

“Within a generation of the enslavement of Europe and China to Stalinism, arrogant American liberals combined with comforatble American leftists to do their best to defeat American action in the Vietnam War, and make South-East Asia safe for Communism.

If history repeats itself, or at least rhymes, within a generation of 9/11 active support of al Qaeda inspired movements should be fashionable on college campuses.”

We fear we shall see that day sooner. That generation may well be on the timeline of Moore’s law.

And as the man once said, the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.

The milestone regarding contractor deployments to Iraq exceeding total nation-state forces should also be noted, as the fulfillment of a long-standing prediction. This has occurred even in the face of the surge – despite many predicting that a privatized war would only come about in the wake of the US “retreat” they had so hoped for.

As the shooters go, so follows the privatization of the intelligence community. The fight for the future of the Long War might soon pass from the hands of government and into the hands of those who own the infrastructure, and the human capital, which must be defended against the depredations of terrorism and non-state violence. If new government administrations in the US and abroad choose to walk away from the fight, they will surrender the last vestiges of the fraying fiction which is the Westphalian monopoly on the use of force. Then privatization will be seen in full measure.

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