Indeed, you see the same phenomenon with the success or failure of resistance or insurgent movements. Interconnectivity seems to give things more power and influence to act while disconnectivity weakens it (of course, in human relations, legitimacy, authority, universal/culturally specific appropriateness and connectivity condition are important as well).
Part of what makes al-Qaeda successful, for example, is its interconnectivity and apparently broad appeal to many people in the Islamic world. Even if the actual fighters are a minority within the overall society, we can see that there can be significant tacit support from people living in the common society. It is from this group that they’re able to get intelligence, material support and even prospective personnel to join their cause.
A better way of fighting the war on terror would be to isolate al-Qaeda groups and portray them as the enemy while making ourselves actually the good guy…
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