OK this is an analogy I thought of for a while about todays form of terrorism that these Islamist extremists use against us and Ghost in The Shell: 2nd GiG.
Here's some more information on a Stand Alone Complex:
The level of terrorism today reminds me of the Individual Eleven in 2nd GiG.
I know it doesn't 100% fit the definition of one but think about it: 9/11 triggered this 'War on Terrorism' and it has also triggered MORE terrorist attacks against the US and its Allies. Our allies have suffered quite a bit with attacks in Egypt, Indonesia, England, Spain, Iraq, etc. Al Qaeda is connected within certain networks, but some of these attacks seem as though they are independant of one another. Sure it might be individuals with similar beliefs of the west but it seems like post-9/11 triggered a chain reaction. I'll post more later but I wanted to get some ideas started on this. Hopefully there are some GiTS fans here and hopefully I don't get a 'what are you talking about' response.