The Internet is for terrorism

, posted: 4-May-2007 22:26

Osama bin LadenDraft emails, hidden subdirectories, using Google and hiding out in Internet cafés rather than mosques; if The Age's reprint of an Associated Press report is to be believed, that's what the wily Islamist terrorists are up to.

Now this of course makes the Internet and in extension, any such network that makes communications, evil:

The train bombings in Madrid of March 2004 were committed by terrorists from North Africa who were not directly linked to al-Qaida but shared its ideology. The Internet played a role in promoting extremist ideology within the group, according to the report.

The report says the Internet has speeded the radicalization of young people, citing the disrupted plot in summer 2006 to bomb airliners bound for the United States.

Websites are "flashy and colourful", designed for the computer-savvy and video-game addicted who obviously will flip in a matter of weeks by watching them, if the report is to be believed.

Unfortunately, I have no reason to think otherwise. It will be believed. The unnamed report has done its rounds in media all over the world, unquestioned. That means politicians will wave it around as well, so expect more craziness soon.

"What kind of craziness?" you ask... well, how about this:

[The report] concludes that a stronger counter strategy is needed, possibly including the use of graphic visuals such as footage of dead children and images of other innocent victims of terrorism. "Distasteful as this may be to invoke, the power of visuals is profound," the report states.

Excellent. So now pictures of dead children are weapons in the war on terror. Isn't it time to stop this lunacy already?

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