Hemingway versus ISIS’s cyber army

What the world might need (in this writer’s much derided opinion) is a global set of volunteers to help find ISIS cyber army which uses the internet for motivation through videos and pictures in Instagram and Youtube, recruitment of sleeper lone wolves among carefully selected demographics among Western and Eastern locations , cyber retaliation targeted at law enforcement and military personnel culled from social media, propaganda for political and fundraising ( and real-time communication with both potential terrorists as well as internally using both encryption, and unorthodox methods of communicating)  .

 

Crowd sourced cyber intelligence which can be incentivized to prevent members of Anonymous being recruited by North Korea or ISIS bitcoins.  Think of volunteers that tried to fight in Russia’s fall to communism or volunteers that tried to fight against the Fascists in Spain. The West’s half hearted efforts in both these conflicts led the much bigger conflicts later on. Well does the free world need volunteers in the cyber terror fight against ISIS. Unfortunately the same people with a particular set of skills that can help FBI encrypt or decrypt phones, are people that have been aggressively prosecuted in the past. There is no cyber witness program and indeed no effort to reach out by counter-terrorism infrastructure to the hacker activist cyber infrastructure. This despite mutual suspicions of tax money wastage and cyber criminality. A house divided against itself will fall , in the real world and on the Internet.

Well what about Hemingway?  From my favorite website

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway#Spanish_Civil_War

Spanish Civil War

photograph of three men

Hemingway (center) with Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens and German writer Ludwig Renn(serving as an International Brigades officer) in Spain during Spanish Civil War, 1937.

In 1937, Hemingway agreed to report on the Spanish Civil War for the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA),[86] arriving in Spain in March with Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens.[87] Ivens, who was filming The Spanish Earth, wanted Hemingway to replace John Dos Passos as screenwriter, since Dos Passos had left the project when his friend José Robleswas arrested and later executed.[88] The incident changed Dos Passos’ opinion of the leftist republicans, creating a rift between him and Hemingway, who later spread a rumor that Dos Passos left Spain out of cowardice.

Late in 1937, while in Madrid with Martha, Hemingway wrote his only play, The Fifth Column, as the city was being bombarded.

The Spanish Civil War took place from 1936 to 1939 and was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the democratic, left-leaningSecond Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a falangist group led by General Francisco Franco. The Nationalists won, and Franco then ruled Spain for the next 36 years, from April 1939 until his death in November 1975.

The Spanish Civil War seized the fears and hopes of the world, including not just diplomats and politicians, but intellectuals, religious leaders, and labor unions, as well. Opinion divided three ways. The right and the Catholics supported the Nationalists as a way to stop the expansion of Bolshevism. On the left, including labor unions, students and intellectuals, the war represented a necessary battle to stop the spread of fascism. Antiwar and pacifist sentiment was strong in many countries

 

Author: Ajay Ohri

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