By Fred Charles Iklé
In this eloquent and impassioned booklet, safety professional Fred Iklé predicts a revolution in nationwide safeguard that few strategists have grasped; fewer nonetheless are aware of its historical roots. we're preoccupied with suicide bombers, jihadist terrorists, and rogue countries generating nuclear guns, yet those menaces are in simple terms far away thunder that foretells the collection storm.
It is the darkish part of technological development that explains this rising trouble. Globalization promises the unfold of latest applied sciences, no matter if important 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 ruin landmarks, highjack airplanes, or assault railroad stations. He might annihilate a nation's executive from inside of and suppose dictatorial strength. the 20 th century deals vibrant examples of tyrants who've exploited significant nationwide failures by way of rallying violent fans and intimidating a whole nation.
To clarify how we now have turn into so weak, Iklé turns to heritage. a few 250 years in the past, technology was once free of political and non secular constraints, inflicting a cultural cut up within which one a part of our tradition remained lively via faith and politics whereas the opposite turned guided through technological know-how. due to the fact then, technological development and the evolving political order march to diverse drummers. technology advances at an accelerating velocity whereas faith and politics stream alongside a zigzag path. This divergence will widen and endanger the survival of all nations.
Drawing on his event as a Washington insider, Iklé outlines sensible measures which could conveniently be carried out to aid us keep away from the worst disaster.
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Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations by Fred Charles Iklé