Ralph Peters shows how the Net has empowered Muslim terrorists and fanatics.
The meta-message is that the Net magnifies the characteristics a community already has. Its strengths are increased by connectedness, its pathologies are deepened. Look at the Anglophone Net, the nervous system of the global Anglosphere. It is a gigantic cultural community center and a vast trading floor and an enormous adult book store all at the same time. It is civil society and economic dynamism and vacuous hedonism all in one convenient location. Connectedness does not necessarily lead to peace — especially where that connectedness does not cross linguistic and cultural barriers. Connectedness just amplifies what is already there.
Addendum War Nerd provides some facts which suggest that the Shi’ites won’t be any easier to deal with even if they get wired to the Net.