Monday, March 27, 2006

The Big Protection Racket has failed

We have entered the age of the faceless, agile
enemy. From London to Madrid and Nigeria to
Russia, stateless terrorist groups have emerged
to score blow after blow against us. Driven by
cultural fragmentation, schooled in the most
sophisticated technologies, and fueled by
transnational crime, these groups are forcing
corporations and individuals to develop new ways
of defending themselves. The end result of this
struggle will be a new, more resilient approach
to national security, one built not around the
state but around private citizens and companies.
That new system will change how we live and work--
for the better, in many ways--but the road
getting there may seem long at times.