"Cameras stare across a forbidden desert, monitoring disputed territory in a conflict that is so bitter the opponents cannot even agree what to name it.
One side calls the struggle a war, with countless innocent lives in jeopardy.
The other side claims there are no victims.
And so, suspicious cameras peer and pan, alert for encroachment. Vigilant camouflaged monitors scan from atop hills or under innocuous piles of stones. They hang beneath highway culverts, probing constantly for a hated enemy. For some time -- months, at least -- these guardians have succeeded in staving off incursions across the sandy desolation.
That is, until technology changes yet again, shifting the advantage briefly from defense to offense.
When the enemy struck this time, their first move was to take out those guardian eyes."