NBC News reports that last night at 9:45 local time, all connectivity to the World Wide Web ceased in the country of Syria. It's like Syria went to my kitchen where I can never get anything on my smart phone.
So what is going on in Syria? No one knows as the internet was the only source of communication. Even their phone lines can't run without the web. They are completely cut off from the rest of the world for now.
Can you imagine that happening here in the good ol U. S. of A? It is possible...sort of. Last Summer President Obama issued an executive order which gives the President power to seize the internet. In essence if the government believes we are under a cyber attack Homeland Security and the President have the power to shut off the web.
Shutting down the web would end a cyber attack but would also end communication between people not within shouting distance. It would end access to bank accounts according to Ken Maynard of Clearview Economics. Ken says that bank accounts are kept on computers and so even ATM's would be powerless to issue cash without access to the web. Shipping relies on the web too. So food and fuel distribution would be disrupted, leading to panic. Runs on the bank, grocery stores, gas stations, in general total chaos. Now in Syria that seems like just another day. Let's hope American's never have to experience what a typical Tuesday in Syria is like.