Ninja Tactics: A Necessary Evil?
Here we are in the 21st Century where we find ourselves living during a time of turmoil. We are at risk on a daily basis from those who are driven by not only religion and foreign politics but those individuals who often times might engage in acts of war for sport. If you don’t believe it you simply have to tune into your news or radio station of choice to be reminded. We are constantly facing the question, how far should our government/military go to protect the lives of our citizens both at home and abroad.
I see many news reports headlining the horrific events both domestic and international and I find myself thinking about the individuals who not only choose to enter the political arena but also those who enlist to protect our nation. I’m not talking about the young boys and girls who are fresh out of high school who head to the front lines but rather the elite group of individuals who work on U.S. digital war strategies. In a time when organizations can be hit by someone sitting in a basement highly skilled in technology we have to consider the reality of cyber war.
Let me refer back to the title of this post for a moment. Ninja Tactics: A Necessary Evil? Years ago the ninja was seen as an outcast from society, individuals who honed their skills and sold their services to the highest bidder. Man (2013) describes “five types of spies: native, internal, double, doomed, and surviving declaring all these men are vital for victory” (p. 9). These were individuals who used stealth like tactics and espionage to take down a target. These are skills that today as a civilized nation we are conflicted by when considering how far our government/military should go regarding the protection of our citizens and nation. Often times it isn’t until devastation occurs that people rally behind these types of tactics and recognize they are very much necessary. The Economist (2010) poses real concerns, “Could terrorists or hackers cause financial chaos by tampering with Wall Street’s computerized trading systems? And given that computer chips and software are produced globally, could a foreign power infect high-tech military equipment with computer bugs? ‘It scares me to death,’ says one senior military source. ‘The destructive potential is so great’.”
I understand that this topic cannot be discussed without touching on the area of extremists but there is simply the reality that in every aspect of life there will be an extreme to every idea. Should we allow our government to spy and infiltrate other governments, groups, individuals, and military? I believe so when the potential threat to the United States is present. We have to prepare as much as possible in order to protect what we believe in.
We can sit in our homes and say that it is unthinkable to agree with this opinion; however, to sit back and ignore the reality of the times we live in and believe that our government and military can protect our nation by following the “Golden Rule” without giving real thought to this threat is simply dangerous.
Man, J. (2013). Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior. 1st U.S. ed. New York, NY: William Morrow
War in the Fifth Domain; Cyberwar. (2010, July 3). The Economist, 396(8689), 25(US). Retrieved from