How to get to the future?
The longer the global war on terrorism lasts, the more violence will be loosed.
It is a vicious circle. I see two potential paths. One, Western countries will become convinced of the futility of fighting terrorism, and build a containment wall of the approximate type seen in Israel. The other possibility is that the world and especially the West will see an ideological shift that will transform the global order and bring about a new system of values. Politics and economy will find some new expression that we can only dream of. In all likelihood, this would mean a battle on the materialism-idealism axis that will render the conventional right-left-wing spectrum meaningless. In practice, this would mean significant transformations for the individual and society, of the magnitude seen a few thousand years ago with the development of early Christianity.