If East Jerusalem’s entrepreneurial terrorists had hired me to write their company homepage I’d do it like this:
We believe that everyone is a victim, and everything is a weapon.
Our extremely portable and agile nano-terrorism harnesses a robust regional network of individual skill-sets, providing accessible and affordable solutions to a highly targeted market, by leveraging an unending supply of hatred.
(Whether or not it is scalable will be up to Israel. I certainly hope not. )
Albert Einstein famously said that while he wasn’t certain what World War III would be fought with, World War IV would be fought with rocks.
His intention at the time, one can assume, was that the devastation of a nuclear Third World War would pitch humanity back to the Stone Age.
As we witness the regression of violence to its most basic, DIY forms, I wonder if perhaps Einstein had the right general idea, but missed the “why.”
Even he could not have imagined the current reality, where WWIII might have already happened, incrementally and without us knowing it, paving the way for today’s highly portable nano-terrorism.
Indeed, perhaps the Third World War was not an event, but a period of time over the last four decades, during which humanity, and largely the media and the UN, became convinced there is no such thing as history, no such thing as truth, no such thing as evil, and most importantly, no such thing as guilt or responsibility, unless you are rich and western. A slow, creeping war on our sense of sense.
What problem could a boy with a screwdriver cause when you have drones and tanks? One can address this question to a military strategist, but I’d rather address it to any number of surgeons at Hadassah.
I will remind the world that just as nanotechnology changed the way we all live and work — and that it happened in Israel, from the semiconductor to biotech to energy storage — nano-terrorism will, too, if we let it.
Giving everyone their own portable office was the Israeli way to grant flexibility and individual efficiency to humanity. Giving everyone their own license to kill, improving on Arafat’s clunky network-based prototype, is the Palestinian way.
Luckily, we in Israel are good at agile solutions, and I rely on us to find one now as well, quickly and quietly. I am fairly certain that the world will not sufficiently come through, although, like any good citizen of a nation of innovators, I am open to being proven wrong.