From al-Askari, Samarra, Iraq to al-Noor, Christchurch, New Zealand

Proximity + Diversity = Violence. In 2006 the al-Askari mosque in Samarra, Iraq was bombed. It is considered one of the holiest sites for Shia muslims. Whilst no one was injured in this attack the reprisal attacks against Sunni’s and Sunni mosques resulted in an estimated 1000 deaths. Shia militia men launched numerous attacks. These…

The Power of Narrative Framing

Frame is everything. How you frame a point in an argument can have a huge influence on how effective it is. Controlling the frame is a vital skill for anyone attempting to stand against the decline and win people over. One such frame of reference that can be very effective to use is that of…

The Future is in the East: Empire’s Next Threats

When Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011 many Americans must have assumed the War on Terror was over. The American public had endured an embarrassing, drawn out occupation of both Iraq and Afghanistan and the continual humiliation that the world’s most powerful nation couldn’t find and fix a rich Saudi. Now he…

Primary Loyalties and their importance

A primary loyalty is a connection to a non-state group that is greater than loyalty to a state. These loyalties include those to clan, religion, tribe, neighborhood gang, etc. Look to globalization to accelerate/catalyze this race to the bottom. Primary loyalties as defined by John Robb. A real world example we might look at is…

GWOT and the Enduring Fight. Beginning of the Fall?

Imagine this: It’s dark, there is no moon. Only the glimmer of a few stars through the curtain of cloud above for light. The wind is bitingly cold and you clutch your cloak tighter around you. It is the dead of night and you have this darkest of watches. The wall you stand on is…