It seems that the period of the Cold War, with its sinister threats of the annihilation of cities, has given way to a time of cold panic at a mass terrorism that may well inflict disasters similar to those that occurred in the old forms of international conflict.

Between the battlefield of the military campaigns of yesteryear and the anti-city strategy of the present age, postmodern war has undergone hyperconcentration. Like the “world economy,” it is becoming a monopoly, in which the old geopolitics based on the size of nations has suddenly given way to a metropolitics of domestic terror that strikes indiscriminately at unarmed populations.

Geostrategic extension has lost its time-honored military importance and has been supplanted by a metrostrategic centralization, in which the distinction between civil and military is tending to disappear, like that between private and public.

Hence the advent of a third type of conflict, after...

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