Re: [iwar] Figuring out the "quantity" of import that IWAR implies?

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Date: 2001-06-26 06:37:31

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Subject: Re: [iwar] Figuring out the "quantity" of import that IWAR implies?
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Per the message sent by c.b r:

>  I agree folks-there are terms that have been used of
> late-hysteria, etc. that are a bit strong for the
> place that we are, today, with IWAR.  Insidious, sure
> and difficult to deal with and several others, but we
> have yet to reach the point where IWAR has the
> potential to kill people on the order of nukes,

Actually...  in WW II millions of people were killed by information
warfare - all of those murdered in death camps for example.  We can call
it propaganda if you like...  Indeed every time people convince other
people to go out killing people an act of information warfare has
succeeded. More people have been killed over religious ideas than
by nuclear weapons.

> however the problem is on the rise.  The real question
> is where will it end up, once fully developed on the
> scale of weapony? Or will it always be a low
> intensity, unconventional type of fight?c.b.r of DC

I think that your second characterization is pretty much right - at
least for now.  Information warfare must be insidious to be successful. 
It gets a bit intense at times - at least in my experience, but how do
we really measure intensity? Different measures will put information
warfare higher or lower than other weapons.

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