Can Anyone Declare War Now?
|Carl Phillipp Gottfried Von Clausewitz|
“War is not merely a political act, but also a real political instrument, a continuation of political commerce, a carrying out of the same by other means.” Clausewitz – On War
Recent history has produced some interesting innovations in the concept of war.
First there was the war on inanimate objects — the War On Drugs.
Then there was the war on abstract ideas — the War On Terror.
Now we have the concept that an act of hacking a computer may be considered an Act Of War.*
Perhaps we should be happy that war is finally being democratised. No longer will you need to be a nation-state with an army to declare war: just a person with a cheap laptop and an Internet connection.
War is about intimidating and killing people to achieve political ends. We let people pretend otherwise at our peril.
* Does this also open up the possibility of your insurance company deying a computer hacking related claim because it was an Act of War?