Just a thought: doesn't this book focus as well on the theme of people's lives being driven by machines? Like in the way the computer thought of the name of the baby Sadik?
I don't think that was a major issue in the book, to be honest, although it was there. The computer is more of a neutral facilitator -- at least, that's how I read it.
One thing that always stayed with me is how Sadik can't understand the army's command structure at all (he thinks it should be self-organising, much more efficient) until he sees soldiers mowing down innocent civilians. Then it made perfect sense. That and the bald women. All for bald women. But seriously, excellent book overall. It's my favourite of the books of her's that I've read (admittedly not many).