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    The high level of the technologies used during the Gulf War makes this conflict quite unique, but the very process of de-realization of the war started in 1945. War occured in Kuwait, but it also occured on the screens of the entire world. The site of defeat or victory was not the ground, but the screen.
    — Paul Virilio
    If we consider my latest book, Strategie de la deception, what we need to focus on are the other aspects of the same phenomenon.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: focus  deception  book 
     
    What is accidented is reality.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality 
     
    Cyberspace is acting like God and deals with the idea of God who is, sees and hears everything.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: god  ideas 
     
    As I have said many times before, the speed of light does not merely transform the world. It becomes the world. Globalization is the speed of light. And it is nothing else!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  world 
     
    Images contaminate us like viruses.
    — Paul Virilio
    Video is originally a de-corporation, a disqualification of the sensorial organs which are replaced by machines. The eye and the hand are replaced by the data glove, the body is replaced by a data suit, sex is replaced by cybersex. All the qualities of the body are transferred to the machine.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: body  eyes  sex  machine  quality 
     
    Resistance is always possible! But we must engage in resistance first of all by developing the idea of a technological culture.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: culture  ideas 
     
    Sovereignty no longer resides in the territory itself, but in the control of the territory. And localisation is an inherent part of that territorial control.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: control 
     
    Creation exists only in regard to destruction. Creation is against destruction.
    — Paul Virilio
    Jean Baudrillard is a friend of mine, I do not agree with him on that one! For me, the significance of the war in Kosovo was that it was a war that moved into space.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: friends  space  war 
     
    In the very near future, and I stress this important point, it will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: future  stress  politics  war 
     
    Whoever controls the territory possesses it.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: control 
     
    The body is extremely important to me, because it is a planet. For instance, if you compare Earth and an astronomer, you will see that the man is a planet.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: men  earth  body 
     
    The world and man are identical. This is why racism is the most stupid thing in the world.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: men  world  racism 
     
    The body is not simply the combination of dance, muscles, body-building, strength and sex: it is a universe.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: body  universe  strength  dance 
     
    The information bomb gives rise to the integral and globally constituted accident.
    — Paul Virilio
    I believe that philosophy is part of literature, and not the reverse.
    — Paul Virilio
    It was a total and absolute surprise to find out that what was inside the concentration camps was a sea of skeletons. What is clear to me, therefore, is that while the tragedy of war grinds on, the contemporary aesthetics of the tragedy seem not only confused but, in some way, suspicious.
    — Paul Virilio
    Television can only destroy.
    — Paul Virilio
    Concepts are mental images.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: mental 
     
    We have already seen some instances of systemic risk in recent times in the Asian financial crisis. But what sparked off the Asian financial crisis? Automated trading programmes!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  risk  trading  financial 
     
    Television exposes the world to the accident. The world is exposed to accidents through television.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: world 
     
    There can be no doubt about this. It even held true for the soldiers involved in the Kosovo War. For the soldiers stayed mostly in their barracks! In this way, polar inertia has truly become a mass phenomenon. And not only for the TV audiences watching the war at home but also for the army that watches the battle from the barracks.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: true  doubt  battle  war 
     
    The media is more concerned with what we feel about the refugees and so on rather than what we think about them.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: media 
     
    The creation of a virtual image is a form of accident. This explains why virtual reality is a cosmic accident. It's the accident of the real.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality  creation  real 
     
    One day the virtual world might win over the real world.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: world  real 
     
    We are entering a world where there won't be one but two realities, just like we have two eyes or hear bass and treble tones, just like we now have stereoscopy and stereophony: there will be two realities: the actual, and the virtual. Thus there is no simulation, but substitution. Reality has become symmetrical. The splitting of reality in two parts is a considerable event which goes far beyond simulation.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality  world  eyes 
     
    I repeat what I suggest in my book [ Strategie de la deception]. The first deterrence, nuclear deterrence, is presently being superseded by the second deterrence: a type of deterrence based on what I call 'the information bomb' associated with the new weaponry of information and communications technologies.
    — Paul Virilio
    In a way, technologies have negated the transcendental God in order to invent the machine-God. However, these two gods raise similar questions.
    — Paul Virilio
    For the time being, technologies are colonizing our body through implants. We started with human implants, but research leads us to microtechnological implants.
    — Paul Virilio
    Globalization cannot take shape without the speed of light.
    — Paul Virilio
    Of course, one of the most disturbing features is the fact that while we have had roughly a ten year pause in the arms race where a lot of good work was done, this has now come to an end. For what we are seeing at the present time are new developments in anti-missile weaponry, drones, and so on.
    — Paul Virilio
    I believe that the politics of intervention and the Kosovo war prompted a fresh resumption of the arms race worldwide.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: believe  politics  war  race 
     
    Hence not only the crisis of geopolitics and geostrategy but also the shift towards the emergence and dominance of chronostrategy.
    — Paul Virilio
    As I have been arguing for a long time now, there is a real need not simply for a political economy of wealth but also for a political economy of speed.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  real  political  wealth 
     
    I am very interested in and that is what Sun Tzu in his ancient Chinese text calls The Art of War.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    Nowadays, the tragedy of war is mediated through technology. It is no longer mediated through a human being with moral responsibilities.
    — Paul Virilio
    Indeed, the truth, the reality of the Kosovo War, was actually hidden behind all the 'humanitarian' faces.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: truth  reality  war 
     
    Look at the US, look at Russia. Both of these countries are immense geographical territories. But, nowadays, immense territories amount to nothing!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: russia 
     
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