India’s Muslim population represents a huge array of sects, practices, and political participation and is exceedingly unlikely to become receptive to al Qaeda’s call for global jihad. But if Modi does not keep the BJP’s chauvinism in check, it may create an impetus for disaffected Muslims to join existing jihadist groups that are already working with al Qaeda.
For David Cohn, much of a modern news app’s success is about tone – especially when appealing to millenials. “I think we’re in the middle of it so it’s hard to define that tone,” he says. “But think about this: television news, cable TV news – CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc – is not that old, but it has a certain tone to it now. CNN was the first to create a 24-hour news channel, and for better or for worse defined the way that we understand that tone. I think that tone does not work for young people. I think that tone would definitely not work in a mobile setting. There’s something different in a mobile setting and there is a different tone for younger people now, and it’s kind of hard to know what that is now or define it now. The same way that maybe right as CNN launched it was hard to define the way that tone would grow and evolve and define the medium of 24-hour cable news channels.”
Wars are traditionally fought over territory. But the definition of territory has evolved to incorporate five domains: land, air, sea, space, and, most recently, cyberspace. These dimensions of “CLASS war” define the threats facing the world today. The specific triggers, objectives, and battle lines of such conflicts are likely to be determined, to varying degrees, by five factors: creed, clan, culture, climate, and currency. Indeed, these factors are already fueling conflicts around the world.