An article in last week's New Yorker describes the emergence of a global al Qaeda virtual community. I've blogged about this at Smartmobs, but wanted to add this final formulation here - global guerrillas, the next step?
As long as Al Qaeda is seen as being an irrational, unyielding death cult, the only response is to destroy it. But if Al Qaeda—amorphous as that entity has become—has evolved into something like a virtual Islamist state that is trying to find a permanent place for itself in the actual world, then the prospect of future negotiations is not out of the question, however unlikely or repellent that may sound to Americans.(emphasis added)
The next stage of information warfare?
(thanks to Howard)