Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Private Warfare: The Series

I've mentioned that Westerners might resort to private non-state warfare (like our jihadi enemies do) if our government fails to wage war sufficiently.

Well, this is certainly one way to do that:

Eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks and the beginning of the war on terror, leaders and supporters of terrorist organizations still lead free and open lives around the world. More than a decade after the Rwandan genocide, its practitioners still roam the United States. The government seems unable - and sometimes unwilling - to change this state of affairs.

NBC's new program "The Wanted" aims to push the issue, entertaining audiences while bringing the accused to justice: Its team of terrorist trackers hops the globe collecting evidence about its targets in order to persuade extradition-shy countries to stop dragging their feet.

Warfare, as our jihadi enemies demonstrate, is not a monopoly of governments. Why should Westerners with tremendous wealth be any different in regard to a desire to defend our society if pushed far enough, and if our governments won't fight to defend our society?

This television show could be a hint of our post-Westphalian future. Next, the television audiences could vote for who to kick off the island, so to speak, choosing the targets of investigation. The infrastructure of private warfare could spring up.

Could actual private shooting warfare be far behind?