2002 September 24 Tuesday
Tom Holsinger: Good Morning, Baghdad!

Tom Holsinger explores how impersonators of Iraqi leaders and Iraqi newscasters could be used to sow confusion and force tough choices:

We need not confine ourselves to the Saddam Show either. Iraqi officials might experience the thrill of watching themselves declare a rebellion against Saddam on national television. Iraqi news announcers might suddenly start telling the truth. Hollywood at war can make failure to immediately rebel against Saddam outright suicidal for many important Iraqis once the U.S. invasion starts, and might even win without firing a shot by inspiring the real assassination of Saddam. The confusion, fratricide and surrenders these impersonations inspire would at least materially aid American conquest.

Low trust bureaucratic states are extremely vulnerable to electronic psychological warfare using this emerging technology. The 2002 Iraq campaign will likely be its proving ground.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 24 01:35 PM  Military War, Rumours Of War


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