July 22, 2019

The conventional theory of warfare in today’s world is rarely desirable. Shooting war between nations is being phased out. Instead, nations use more effective war tactics and strategies to win battles and wars.

Military Generals of the Old Schools of War have been replaced or finally are all being decommissioned by tech-savvy young college graduates of cyber-wars.

Young Russian college students and tech gigs with state help and encouragement put American democracy into disarray with the unexposed and undisclosed secrets that US election of 2016 was tilted towards President Trump winning. Crippling of Iranian nuclear program a few years ago by American cyber-attack is another example of new kind of warfare. Facebook and Twitter helped tople or elect leaders in many parts of the world.

Today’s warfare involves in creating civil conflicts and divisions within societies. Wars are won today without firing a single bullet. Cultivating civil disobedience, sectarian conflicts, planting seeds of doubt and weakening morale and confidence within societies are the most robust and effective tools of modern warfare in this age of high tech capabilities.

Social media geared towards warfare to disseminate misleading and misinformation about the target could be devasting.

Nations without strong popular policies and ideologies quickly fall victims under the radar of these tools of cyber-wars.

In Puntland conditions, the State is extremely vulnerable with its 70% of its residents, the youth, under the constant daily bombardment of social media wars. Everyday Puntland society experiences divisions within, while ideological, tribal and sectarian conflicts are being nurtured and developed to the extremes. Twenty years of ideological neglect has its toil on the people of Puntland, becoming cynics and suspicious of their leaders and fearful of their future in Puntland State. It is a very challenging situation. It is still never, however, too late to turn things around. Let us do just that all together.


Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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