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Sunday, February 19th, 2006

DOES THE AL QAIDA MEDICAL PLAN INCLUDE DENTAL ?

Austin Bay reports on that a portion of the captured documents released by the U.S. Army reveal that while al Qaida may have an ultrareactionary-mythic Islamist ideology, the benefits plan of becoming an al Qaida employee are strikingly modernist. Not unlike many a fortune 500 corporation:

“On page 16 we discover Al Qaeda is for socialized medicine:

3- Medical Benefits
A- All (Al-Qa’eda) members can visit the medical staff and obtain medicine free
of charge.

On page 18 we have vacation time:

8- Vacations:
A- For those who work in Peshawar, they are entitled for Fridays, the two holy
feasts (TC: Al-Adha [during the pilgrimage month] & Al-Fatr [following the end
of the month of Ramadan]), and a one month annual leave to be enjoyed at the
end of the eleventh month of work, as well sick leave not to exceed 15 days
annually.
B- Those working in camps and in the frontlines:
Married: Enjoys a 7 day monthly vacation.
Single: Enjoys a 5 day monthly vacation
This in addition to the annual and sick leaves mentioned in the above paragraph.
*Page 11 of 19
C- If the vacation exceeds what is allowed, then, the relative salary will be
withheld (prorated) except if those in responsible positions (in order of hierarchy)
approve a holiday extension.

Not quite France, but close.”

Man does not live by jihad alone it seems. I wonder if al Qaida’s surprisingly generous program has forced HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, Hizb -ut Tahrir and the IMU to upgrade member compensation in order to remain competitive in recruiting top level terrorist and administrative talent ?

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

THE EMERGENCE OF EMERGENCE

A short but very intriguing paper by Dr. Tim Challans of was posted at The Small Wars Council that primarily criticizes Effects Based Approach/Effects Based Operations but raises the question of emergence in warfare.

Briefly, emergence is the phenomenon of a new, unanticipated, spontaneous behavior as a result of a system reaching a particular point of complexity. Usually the constituent components of the system lack the capacity for the emergent behavior until the collective has formed a pattern of interaction. If the emergent pattern- say for example the formation of a scale-free network – possesses the characteristics of resilience, it will stabilize as a recognizable and observable entity or phenomenon. The implications of emergence in systems are strongly Darwininan and quite naturally have immediate applications for such fields as physics and economics but would apply to virtually everything and as such, is a consilient concept.

One with revolutionary potential.

LINKS:

Emergence” by Dr. Von

Emergent Intelligence in Open Source Warfare” by John Robb at Global Guerillas

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

THE SMALL WARS JOURNAL – ISSUE # 4

Is now available.

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

BRIEF APOLOGIA

I want to thank those who commented earlier – Dan, Col, Curtis, Larry, Phil, Eddie – and whomever else did without results. Trying to get a handle on the problem.

I see Dan a.k.a. ” Aaron” has his own troubles today.

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

NOW WHOLE POSTS ARE DISAPPEARING

WTF ????

Not just the public version but from the edit posts section. Gone.


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