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The Arithmetic of the Struggle

"However, to bring down America we do not need to strike big. In such an environment of security phobia that is sweeping America, it is more feasible to stage smaller attacks that involve fewer players and less time to launch and thus we may circumvent the security barriers America has worked so hard to erect. This strategy of attacking the enemy with smaller, but more frequent operations is what some may refer to the strategy of a thousand cuts. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death."
-- the late* Samir Khan, explaining "Operation Hemorrhage," (Inspire, Nov. 2010)

In Adam Gadahn's May 2010 message entitled "A Call to Arms," Gadahn counsels lone wolf jihadists to follow a three-pronged target selection process. They should choose a target with which they are well acquainted, a target that is feasible to hit and a target that, when struck, will have a major impact. The Tsarnaev brothers did all three in Boston.

(*) late.  US missile strike in the Yemen.

Read more: Why the Boston Bombers Succeeded | Stratfor

Two thousand pounds of education
  Drops to a ten-rupee jezail 

-- Rudyard Kipling, "Arithmetic on the Frontier" 


How long do some remember historical dates?

Jan Sobieski

On September 10, 1683, the papal legate sang a great outdoor mass on the Kahlenberg, west of Vienna, for King Jan III Sobieski and his 16,000 troops.  The king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had been named commander of the field army of some 85,000 troops, including not only the Polish–Lithuanian contingent, but also troops of the  Habsburg Monarchy,  Bavaria,  Saxony, Franconia, Swabia, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and the Zaporozhian Cossacks -- collectively: the Holy League. 

Besieging the city were 150,000 troops of the Ottoman Empire, including 70,000 Janissaries led by Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha.  This was not the first time the Gates of Vienna had been attacked by the world's then-superpower.  The first bombardment had been in 1529, and there had been others since; but Vienna still stood.  The Sultan had come to uncork the Danube Valley and open the way into Central Europe.  Hungary was already his, and the Balkans, and years had been spent planning and organizing this siege. 
The Walls of Vienna.  The protrusions are called bastions.  The triangular fortifications in front of the walls are called ravelins.  The cathedral in the center of town is St. Stephan's (Stephandom) known locally as "Steffl" (Stevie). 
Below: Jan III Sobieski (left) and Sultan Mehmet IV (right).  Note that muslims had no problem depicting human figures in their art.  Note also that they weren't into perspective.  The Renaissance passed them by. 


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Alumni Week

Another Graduate Has Been Killed

A former Guantanamo detainee has reportedly been killed in a shootout between the Yemeni Army and Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The former detainee, Fahd Saleh Suleiman al Jutayli, was captured in Pakistan after fleeing the Tora Bora Mountains in 2001. He was repatriated to his native Saudi Arabia in May 2006.

According to the Yemen Post, two other former Gitmo detainees - Yusuf al Shehri and Othman al Ghamdi – called their families to tell them Jutayli had been killed in the fighting and asked them to inform Jutayli’s family.

Earlier this year, the Saudi government included all three of these former Guantanamo detainees – Jutayli, Shehri, and Ghamdi - on a list of the Kingdom’s 85 most wanted terrorists. After being released from Guantanamo, the three graduated from Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation program and joined eight other former Gitmo detainees in fleeing south to Yemen. All eleven joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.



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