Are the attacks against US troops in Iraq acts of terrorism or guerrilla warfare?  To answer this, here is something to think about.
Oct 30th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Are the attacks against US troops in Iraq acts of ter­ror­ism or guer­ril­la war­fare?  To answer this, here is some­thing to think about.
If you read the works of Mao, Che, and oth­ers on this top­ic, they would call these attacks a valid form of geur­ril­la war­fare.  Why?  To bor­row from Mar­tin Van Crev­eld:  war is only con­sid­ered war when each side is at risk of destruc­tion at the hands of the oth­er.  Any form of lethal vio­lence that doesn’t risk mutu­al destruc­tion is con­sid­ered slaugh­ter and not war­fare.  911 was slaugh­ter.  The lives of the attack­ers were nev­er real­ly at risk except by own hands.  It fits with our sense of what the word ter­ror­ism means.  In Iraq, attacks against US mil­i­tary tar­gets puts the attack­er at risk. 
The US gov­ern­ment would call these attacks ter­ror­ism.  Why?  Mod­ern states have had a legal monop­oly on vio­lence (but not one in actu­al­i­ty).  In their eyes, any lethal vio­lence that is not with­in the frame­work of a nation-state to nation-state strug­gle is ter­ror­ism.  Mod­ern states have also extend­ed the def­i­n­i­tion of ter­ror­ism to include non-lethal attacks on prop­er­ty.  In this way, “ter­ror­ism” is cur­rent­ly used as a word of appro­bri­um by nation-states for all forms of unlaw­ful vio­lence. [John Robb’s Weblog]

Guer­ril­la war­fare, of course. Ter­ror­ism refers to attacks on inno­cent civil­ians, and the occu­py­ing forces are obvi­ous­ly a legit­i­mate mil­i­tary tar­get.

As Robb sug­gests, there is plen­ty of his­tor­i­cal prece­dent for such guer­ril­la war­fare, although since I’m not a social­ist I’m more inclined to point out exam­ples from Amer­i­can his­to­ry such as Fran­cis Mar­i­on and Robert Rogers.

David Humphreys is now selling new eMate memory upgrades ! These upgrades are really pretty much necessary to get the most out of your eMate, but the originals have been off the market for years.
Oct 29th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

David Humphreys is now sell­ing new eMate mem­o­ry upgrades! These upgrades are real­ly pret­ty much nec­es­sary to get the most out of your eMate, but the orig­i­nals have been off the mar­ket for years. Now you can buy a brand new upgrade for only $95 instead of pay­ing over twice that on e-bay (or not find­ing one at all).

right wing lunacy watch 2 .
Oct 29th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

right wing lunacy watch 2. Via Calpundit, we find this:

Asked whether he favored any policy changes in Iraq, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) responded: "We need to have a different mix of troops, is the key. We may need to move some troops around."

Lott suggested moving more troops from the relatively stable south closer to the region around Tikrit, where attacks on U.S. forces have been common. He said there was a need for more trained military police, adding that his comments were not a criticism.

"Honestly, it

Freudian Slip? .
Oct 29th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Freudi­an Slip?. From Bush’s press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day:
bq. I’ll say that the world is more peace­ful and more free under my lead­er­ship, and Amer­i­ca is more secure.
Was I the only one who did a dou­ble take at that? [Hit & Run]

bq. The Unit­ed States goes not abroad in search of mon­sters to destroy. She is a well-wisher to the free­dom and inde­pen­dence of all. She is the cham­pi­on and vin­di­ca­tor only of her own. If the Unit­ed States took up all for­eign affairs, it would become entan­gled in all the wars of inter­est and intrigue, which assume the col­ors and usurp the stan­dard of free­dom. She might become the dic­ta­tress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own soul.
John Quin­cy Adams

Oct 28th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SILLY “REASONING” OFFERS ITS CONGRATULATIONS. I can hard­ly bring myself even to com­ment on this, but since it’s received such wide notice, per­haps I ought to:

Pres­i­dent Bush on Mon­day blamed ris­ing vio­lence in Iraq on U.S. progress being made there, say­ing coali­tion suc­cess­es are mak­ing insur­gents more des­per­ate.

Bush spoke only hours after bomb­ings in post­war Bagh­dad killed dozens of peo­ple and after con­fer­ring at the White House with the top U.S. gen­er­al and civil­ian offi­cial in Iraq.

The more progress we make on… [The Light of Rea­son]

bq. Anoth­er such vic­to­ry and I shall be ruined.


From survivalarts : That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other
Oct 25th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

From sur­vivalarts:
That the sole object and only legit­i­mate end of gov­ern­ment is to
pro­tect the cit­i­zen in the enjoy­ment of life, lib­er­ty, and prop­er­ty,
and when the gov­ern­ment assumes oth­er func­tions it is usurpa­tion and
oppres­sion. — Sec­tion 35, Alaba­ma Con­sti­tu­tion of 1901
[End the War on Free­dom]

Bride of Chucky .
Oct 24th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Bride of Chucky. Via Andrew Sul­li­van, I see that the sick pup­pies over at NR have pro­duced a talk­ing Ann Coul­ter doll. It spouts such leg­endary Coul­ter bon mots as “Even Islam­ic ter­ror­ists don’t hate Amer­i­ca like Lib­er­als do.” A step up from “math is hard,” I guess. But just bare­ly. [Hit & Run]

I can’t quite tell if this is real, or meant as a joke. Either way, it’s pret­ty fun­ny.

Airport trick or treat .
Oct 24th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Air­port trick or treat. In the wake of Sep­tem­ber 11, the fed­er­al men­tal­i­ty toward air­line cus­tomers is best sum­ma­rized by the infor­mal mot­to post­ed at the head­quar­ters of the TSA air mar­shal train­ing cen­ter: “Dom­i­nate. Intim­i­date. Con­trol.” But it takes more than brow­beat­ing aver­age Amer­i­cans to make air trav­el safe. Air­line expert Michael Boyd apt­ly observed: “The TSA is a poor­ly focused, unac­count­able Wash­ing­ton polit­i­cal bureau­cra­cy geared to screen for objects, not for secu­ri­ty threats.” [Wash­ing­ton Times]

Punishing Politicians .
Oct 24th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Pun­ish­ing Politi­cians. From Rothbard’s great arti­cle, H. L. Menck­en: The Joy­ous Lib­er­tar­i­an: In dis­cussing how to pun­ish guilty pub­lic offi­cials (“job­hold­ers”), Menck­en said, “What is need­ed is a sys­tem (a) that does not depend for its exe­cu­tion upon the good-will of fel­low… [ Blog]

A look at how Mencken’s sys­tem might work in prac­tice can be found in H. Beam Piper’s Lone Star Plan­et.

Listening to Mahathir .
Oct 23rd, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Listening to Mahathir.

Somewhere in Pakistan Osama bin Laden must be enjoying this. The war on terror didn't have to be perceived as a war on Islam, but we seem to be doing our best to make it look that way. (link)

Well said. [Al-Muhajabah's Islamic Blogs]

I think it did have to be perceived as a war on Islam, because for many of those in the government and their supporters it clearly is a war on Islam, and they're such bad liars that they could never have hidden their true motivations.

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