Category Archives: Homeland Security

Nazi murderers and the Fort Hood killer

Just finished Christopher Browning’s “Ordinary Men”, the classic study of a Nazi police battalion that murdered some 83,ooo Jews in 1941-43. Browning found that most of the German policemen , who shot infants in the head at point-blank range, were … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia radicalized U.S. soldiers

Saudi Arabia vigorously attempted to convert American soldiers to fundamentalist¬† Islam during the First Persian Gulf War, according to the Middle East Strategy at Harvard project. Gal Luft, an energy security expert, quotes Rick Francona, an aide to General Norman … Continue reading

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The Wall that fell and saved the world

It feels like a different era, doesn’t it? The graffiti spray-painted on the ugly concrete, the cheering crowds, the young people lithely scaling the hated stonework as they tore it down. It was 20 years ago when the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

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Fort Hood killer was Muslim Army psychiatrist

Authorities have identified the Fort Hood killer as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist (and apparently a convert to Islam). Two other soldiers that were arrested on the scene have been released, so it may have been a case … Continue reading

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Terrorists determined to attack U.S. military bases

It’s too early to say who was responsible for the attack at Fort Hood. But the fact that the Army is reporting multiple shooters indicates an organized group. Before we automatically blame Al Qaeda, it’s important to remember that the … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency doesn't compute

When I was in graduate school studying political science, I encountered a lot of quantitative theory, especially in peace research. That basically meant a bunch of professors coming up with mathematical models for predicting when wars would occur. Problem was, … Continue reading

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The Prophet Muhammed is not a pomegranate

Note: Since Islam forbids depiction of the Prophet Muhammed, I have used a photograph of a pomegranate. Any inference that the Prophet Muhammed resembles a pomegranate is strictly coincidental. Who needs Muslim terrorists to intimidate us when we intimidate ourselves? … Continue reading

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