Posted by Lex, on May 28, 2008
Ecce, the inspirational tale of Malika El Aroud, widow of the man who killed Ahmed Massoud, the anti-Taliban leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan two days before 9/11, an al Qaeda propagandist, harridan and fishwife who scolds Muslim men into fighting and dying in a lost cause via the Internet. Expelled from Switzerland for running jihadist websites, she is now a resident of Brussels and collector of monthly unemployment payments from a state and civilization she loathes.
Writing in French under the name “Oum Obeyda,” she has transformed herself into one of the most prominent Internet jihadists in Europe.
She calls herself a female holy warrior for Al Qaeda. She insists that she does not disseminate instructions on bomb-making and has no intention of taking up arms herself. Rather, she bullies Muslim men to go and fight and rallies women to join the cause.
Posted by Lex, on February 18, 2008
We were fortunate that Al Gore resided in the US when he invented the Internet: Being first kids on the block, our infrastructure built out more rapidly than the rest of the world, which now mostly uses US switches and hubs to pass telecom data from place to place. That lucky historical happenstance means that terrorism-related communications between Master Blaster in Beirut or Islamabad and the mentally deficient splodeydope on the wet end of the stick in Baghdad or Tel Aviv might well pass through New York, Miami or Los Angeles.
Posted by Lex, on September 10, 2010
Like they need any motivation.
Update: Apparently one of the pirates has irritable bowel syndrome –
“As soon as the first stack of [Marines] made our way into the bridge, their hands were up, their weapons were down, they moved to their knees and they were compliant,” Martin said. “At that point, they were pretty scared. One guy actually defecated himself. … He sh– his pants. I don’t know if that can go on the news or not, but that actually happened.”
This piracy lark is all good and well when you’re the only one with a gun. A little less fun when you’re not.
Update 2: Unintentional evacuation begins in three, two…
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Posted by Lex, on August 27, 2010
The challenge of reforming Afghanistan from anarchical barbarism to merely medieval is once again illuminated in the US Marine Corps’ latest mission: Teaching the Afghan army to drive.
By Lex, on July 28, 2010
One of the ostensible reasons that Wikileaks Julian Assange has put forth for the revelations within his “Afghan War Diaries” is that potential war crimes are detailed therein. This from the team that put together the “Collateral Murder” video whose biases were quickly exposed.
By lex, on July 18, 2010
I have a confession to make: I have always rather wanted to own a Gurkha kukri.
Gurkhas, of course, are diminutive Nepalese highlanders with the fighting spirit of lions. Utterly fearless in battle, they have honorably served in the British Army for over a hundred and fifty years, having been described as a “martial race” by administrators of the British Empire. The kukriis the Gurkha’s national utility tool, and weapon.
Gurkhas continue to serve in Her Majesty’s armed forces, often with distinction. One, it appears, has gone too far:
Posted by lex, on July 19, 2010
The Washington Post pushes it in their two-year expose. It’s interesting reading, to say the least. A long article that includes maps and searchable databases.
The thrust of the article is that the cloistered world of Top Secret organizations has grown rapidly since 9/11. Perhaps too rapidly, with too little oversight, too little coordination and producing too much information to successfully analyze. Thus we have Major Hassan going on his merry shooting spree down Texas way, and the underwear bomber neutering himself in flight, having successfully gotten past TSA, among a long list of other three letter agencies. And top secret government organizations hire more analysts, who in turn produce more data.
The Post insists that all of the information they have collated came from public sources. Having read the article at length, and browsed some of the related databases, I can’t decide if the whole thing is a necessary clearing of the air, or a terrible mistake. Or both.
One thing I’m pretty sure of, however: There are a lot of busy little bees at work today in Beijing, Moscow, Paris and Tel Aviv, among other places.
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