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Saturday, December 30th, 2006


Lexington Green was kind enough to let me know that comments were not functioning properly today. Trying to fix it now with a test post. My apologies to anyone who experienced problems.

Saturday, December 30th, 2006


Let us not waste too many words on the late Saddam Hussein, at best he tasted only a small measure of the misery and fear he dealt out to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis but as he had but one life to give for his crimes, that will have to be enough.

Predictably, the special pleading is rolling in from Sunni, Palestinian and pan-Arab apologists for Saddam, sounding remarkably like elderly Nazis and Stalinists defending their respective monsters. As if Saddam’s tyranny ever took a holiday for Eid. Where were these false pieties when Saddam was in power? Perhaps if the complainers should begin to petition Khartoum, Teheran and Damascus to ease up on human-rights violations, I’ll give their hand-wringing over Saddam’s execution a shred of credence.

Until then, this was exactly the demographic we intended to upset and demoralize by bringing Saddam to justice.


The Glittering Eye with a round-up of Iraqi blogger reactions.

Bruce Kesler -“The Morality of Saddam’s Hanging

LTC Rick Francona -“After Saddam’s execution, outlook for Iraq grim

Juan Cole (at Salon) – ” The Death of a Dictator

Counterterrorism Blog -“Saddam Hussein, Longtime State Sponsor of Terrorism, Executed by Iraqis

Mudville Gazette

Abu Aardvark

Thomas P.M. Barnett

Saturday, December 30th, 2006


A good time to push the new, tie up loose ends and entertain a few tangents. No theme today.

Top billing far and away goes to the thread “Kilcullen — New Theories for a New Way of War ” at The Small Wars Council, begun by DNI’s Fabius Maximus. The high quality of the discussion and the no-holds barred debate makes this one a definite ” must read” for anyone interested in COIN, 4GW, military strategy, defense policy or Iraq. It is long, so pour yourself a cup of coffee ( or something stronger) and enjoy.

Dan of tdaxp completes his series on The Wary Guerilla that I first featured here. The series in its entirety:

1. Abstract 2. Terrorism 3. Predictions 4. An Experiment 5. Results 6. Absolute Guerrilla
7. Those Who Cause Less Pain 8. Future Research 9. Political Implications 10. Bibliography

Chris Heffinger – “The Ideological Voices of the Jihadi Movement” at Jamestown Foundation.

Nathan Freier – ” Primacy without a Plan? ” in PARAMETERS .

Collounsbury – “Islamic MBA

Wiggins at Opposed System Design -“Knowing the Enemy Part III: Sources of Radicalization” ( Part II. and Part I. here).

Wretchard at The Belmont Club -” The Blogosphere at War

Colonel W. Patrick Lang – “A Concert of the Greater Middle East” at The National Interest

Why the U.S. Should Spring for a New Particle Accelerator” at SEED .

2006 a Year of Invention” in New Scientist.com

That’s it !

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