We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Michael Yon's independent dispatches from the war fronts are invaluable, and worth hitting his tip jar to support.
His latest, for example, addresses the political economics of suicide bombing:
Suicide attackers come in different “grades.” Some are illiterate, unsophisticated people, unsuited for complex targeting. A plotter could not expect to select an illiterate village boy from the hinterlands of Zabul Province to move to Florida, obtain a place to live and begin flight training to crash airplanes into buildings.
Young boys and women come cheaper, used for tactical targets. The college-educated are reserved for the more strategic. Some are strapped into locked vests or their families held hostage, but most are part of a cult.
Dogs have been trained to carry bombs to attack enemies for decades. The Soviets and others have used dogs as low-tech smart bombs. Yet canine platoons likely would rebel if they caught scent they were being duped to die.
Today, more sophisticated people employ men (mostly) to deliver bombs in Afghanistan. Gullible souls are selected, conditioned, trained and deployed. Malleable minds are identified then loaded with psychic software that uses their minds to create a vision. Evil persons of superior intellect identify the raw material—that raw material might be an engineer from a stable family—and trains them to fetch myths.
But, even cults have their limits of utility. The Taliban are Jim Jonesing themselves.
The impact of their KoolAid on Americans backfired:
There was a time when Americans seemed to view suicide attacks as a sign of the complete conviction of the enemy, an immutable dedication to their cause that many people found terrifying and cause for soul-searching. “What could we have done to provoke such anger?” Yet with time, American views of suicide attacks have matured and become more grounded....Overuse of suicide attackers does not appear to cause Americans to cower, but to evoke Americans to want to kill the perpetrator.
As it is did on Iraqis and now Afghans:
The Taliban’s efforts at repackaging themselves as kinder, gentler mass-murderers is failing. Their suicide bombing campaign is backfiring. The Taliban are losing their cool. Something is in the air. The enemy remains very deadly, yet the scent of their weakness is growing stronger while our people close in.
...few know how deeply enterwined Jones was with the California government --and especially official Frisco. Jonestown could be said as a natural progression --speeded up but no different in nature --of the new religion of anti-human humanism.
This by Brasscheck, is instructive. Brasscheck? i recommend do not delve into their archives on other topics lest you go mad. but on Jonestown it takes reportage of a certain madness to report the lines of the case.
"The Jonestown Massacre:
A Tragedy Made in San Francisco"
Ancient history? Jimmy Carter had just been elected, and he and his Marxist cabinet were launching a mission to reform America. And the Speaker of the House wasn't even from the San Francisco mob/left.
Where do suicide attackers come from --what psychological space? Propaganda we never see is at least part of it. If you missed my two links here, take a look at some of it: