What IF...?

they want us to attack...



What is the main goal is not to attack the US, itself, but to provoke us into an attack that will spark a series of revolutions in the Mid-East? What if the goal is to establish a fundamentalist Islamic Nation State about the size of the old Ottoman Empire?


What if they are a step or two ahead of us in strategy and have anticipated our next move - or moves?


What if this is not the work of some crazies but a deliberate step in a protracted, long range strategy by a network of capable individuals determined to shape a culture and state according to their own values?


What if this is really the first 21st Century war and it is a contest between an ad-hoc, distributed, well financed, sophisticated network organization against gigantic, fixed-asset, hierarchical bureaucracies?


If these assumptions are true - what would be the appropriate response?


If Sun Tzu was alive what would he advise?


What prior actions - and who made them - lead to September 11, 2001?

How should we be thinking about this and what tools do we need to respond in a way that is consistent with the kind of society we say we are and want to be?


Matt Taylor
Utrecht, Holland
September 11, 2001

Palo Alto
September 25, 2001


SolutionBox voice of this document:

posted: September 11, 2001

revised: September 25, 2001
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(note: this document is about 5% finished)

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