An insightful and frightening article from the Ottawa Citizen tells us:
Since Mideast fighting erupted a week ago, Hezbollah missiles have smashed into an Israeli warship in the Mediterranean and rained down on Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, causing death and seemingly well-targeted destruction.
In a fight with the far mightier Israeli military, the Lebanese guerrilla group has surprised many with its resilience -- and the range of its rockets.
Military might is no longer the exclusive province of nations. Extra-national groups now can mount significant fights against conventional armies.
Experts say Hezbollah is a formidable fighting force, growing ever more sophisticated and in recent years augmenting its missile arsenal with innovative technology including submersibles and unmanned drone aircraft.
The boost to Hezbollah's military capabilities raises questions about whether other militant organizations -- from Chechnya to Iraq -- are also getting their hands on increasingly cutting-edge weaponry, as the barriers to the spread of technology come down.
This unsettling development is sometimes called the "democratization of violence." Rapidly improving communications technologies have the unfortunate effect of allowing far more destructive power to fall into the hands of smaller groups than ever before.
Access to military secrets through the Internet and rapid advances in nanotechnology and computer-guided missiles may be leading to a certain levelling of the military playing field -- creating unprecedented opportunity for groups like Hezbollah and Hamas to inflict damage on wealthier and better-equipped adversaries.
Helped by the ease of e-mail, it also has passed logistical and strategic information to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, sparking fears in Israel that Hamas could move beyond the inaccurate, homemade Qassam rockets it regularly lobs into Israel.
Hezbollah also reportedly has been experimenting with pilotless drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, to survey northern Israel.
And amid fears that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb, many experts are also concerned that terrorist organizations may acquire the ability to build a rudimentary "dirty bomb" -- with nuclear, chemical, or biological capabilities -- that could extract a massive death toll.
One of CRN's greatest concerns is that molecular manufacturing, in the form of personal nanofactories, could vastly expand this growing potential for asymmetric destructive capability. It seems clear to us that existing modes of settling disputes can only lead to huge losses of human life and grave suffering for countless numbers.