The New York Times reports that Google Earth is making world leaders nervous. It seems the high quality, laser precision photos are making all kinds of things available, including senstive government sites and other likely targets of terrorism and espionage.
Now you only need see Syriana for the latest reminder that global peace doesn't stand a chance for at least a couple hundred years. But I just couldn't help thinking as I read the article that these folks were far less concerned about preventing attacks on their citizens and far more concerned about the threat Google Earth and other such sites have on their ability to engage in sketchy warmongering. Case in point: the Indians and Pakistanis who don't want photos taken near the Kashmiri border (wherever it may truly lie).
With photos of every place on Earth, maybe it'll be that much harder for any nation (or non-nation, I'm not forgetting Professor Yoo!) to hide their military installations and operations. To a tiny degree (and, as technology advances, to a greater degree), we can all become UN weapons inspectors. (How's that for a blog?) Maybe with more transparency, the costs of doing business in war will increase to a point where the war industry is no longer sustainable. After all, is knowledgable understanding not one of the foundations of peace?
It's also kind of exciting to think that the Internet, a system designed by the military, might ultimately serve to render miltaries unnecessary.