July 23, 2004

Intelligence on Microsoft motives?

(Ed note: for the rest of the world, the headline on this story was The Iron Fist in the Patent Leather Glove. I wonder why ZDNet US didn't want to use it?)

COMMENTARY--It can take a long time to realize that war is in the air. Is that a sword being unsheathed or merely a saber being rattled? A field exercise or the first stage of mobilization? Are those defensive forces digging in at the border, or shock troops readying a surprise onslaught?

These issues consumed military planners during the Cold War, but they all boil down to one simple question: what is in the mind of the opposition? Until the first shot is fired, there is always an element of ambiguity in even the most offensive posturing--and you can be sure that an aggressive foe will use that ambiguity to the full.

Link: ZDNet.com

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