Global Threat Monday

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The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.

We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. First, we tend to see jihadism as monolithic, and to apply the logic of al‑Qaeda to an organization that has decisively eclipsed it. The Islamic State supporters I spoke with still refer to Osama bin Laden as “Sheikh Osama,” a title of honor. But jihadism has evolved since al-Qaeda’s heyday, from about 1998 to 2003, and many jihadists disdain the group’s priorities and current leadership.

Bin Laden viewed his terrorism as a prologue to a caliphate he did not expect to see in his lifetime. His organization was flexible, operating as a geographically diffuse network of autonomous cells. The Islamic State, by contrast, requires territory to remain legitimate, and a top-down structure to rule it. (Its bureaucracy is divided into civil and military arms, and its territory into provinces.)

We are misled in a second way, by a well-intentioned but dishonest campaign to deny the Islamic State’s medieval religious nature. Peter Bergen, who produced the first interview with bin Laden in 1997, titled his first book Holy War, Inc. in part to acknowledge bin Laden as a creature of the modern secular world. Bin Laden corporatized terror and franchised it out. He requested specific political concessions, such as the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Saudi Arabia. His foot soldiers navigated the modern world confidently. On Mohamed Atta’s last full day of life, he shopped at Walmart and ate dinner at Pizza Hut.

Earlier this year @ THE ATLANTIC

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Well worth repeating. The Mad Dogs of War have been released, we are in major peril, they must be stopped at all cost. No one has the right to endanger another’s existence, head lopping, stoning, amputation what kind of barbaric bullshit as that? A blatantly obvious threat to the World, deal with it or die from it, these so-called human beings are devoid of souls, armed and dangerous to us all.

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19 Responses to Global Threat Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Devils.

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  2. Den says:

    Ladies an gentleman, Satan has entered the building en-masse, identify and delete.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    53 minutes out to the dentist with the checkbook this time and then a few more back to the Birch & Barley. After lunch with a porter back to Sloan in 22 minutes.

    Day 2: 53+22=75 minutes on the sticks, already half the desired minimum for the week.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    During lunch had much difficulty using the handheld. Couldn’t connect worth beans.

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  5. Den says:

    Carol & Bob are celebrating their wedding anniversary today!

    (Jus saw that on FB)

    CHEERS!!

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Pot, Power, and Politics
    http://www.powermag.com/pot-power-and-politics/

    Grow lamps use lotsa juice.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      IGSC15 will provide a forum for presenting and discussing innovative
      research on a broad range of topics in the fields of sustainable and
      energy-efficient computing and computing for a more sustainable
      planet.
      IGSC15 will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas,
      Nevada.

      [Emphasis added.]

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Processed meat causes cancer? Eat llama instead, says Bolivia’s health ministry
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/bolivia/11958999/Processed-meat-causes-cancer-Eat-llama-instead-says-Bolivias-health-ministry.html

    Llama carpaccio is said to be a particular delicacy.

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  8. Den says:

    Brrrrr! I’m off…

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  9. º¿carol says:

    I’m sick of getting old. It was beautiful today. Pete popped in a little before noon. He and Sara were at their new house, Pete removing wallpaper, Sara painting the kitchen counter top with some special stuff. She assured me paint wouldn’t flake off and get in the food. I sent Pete home with 3 six foot tables I had against a wall in the basement. Plus I sent him home with my sander and the buffer thing for waxing and buffing your car. No way in hell I’ll use either item, and of course Bob won’t be using any of it.

    After he left I deserted Quincy and Bob and went outside to try to wrap up the battening down of the hatches for winter. Got the leaf rake, pulled leaves out from around our little bar, from against Joe’s fence behind the barn, from the east side of the house and got on the tractor to mulch up all the leaves. Mowed my trails down the front lawn, mowed the left side of the drive and the backyard. I put my rock collection away, my crocodiles and a couple other things, swept the patio, walkway and back deck. Place looked great when I was done. I did all that without a sweater on, just my short-sleeved shirt. That’s how nice it was out.

    This is where I say how much I HATE old age! That little bit of raking, and picking up sticks, getting on and off the tractor, I’m a wreck. When I sit down, I can hardly stand up. I should always stay standing.

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