Did we mean to do that?
Posted by aogTuesday, 24 July 2007 at 12:04 TrackBack Ping URL

It appears that Caliphascists are once again demonstrating their geo-strategic acumem by making an enemy of yet another global power, China. Now, China has been supressing Muslims for decades, so in that sense this isn’t anything new. On the other hand, bringing the situation to a boil while engaged in a hot conflict on other fronts (Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya) by widening the conflict through attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan doesn’t seem like the best strategic option at this point in time. I can only increase my confidence that Caliphascist strategy is driven by immanetizing the eschaton, that a global war against Caliphascists and (hopefully) Muslims will create conditions that necessitate the End Times.

Or they’re just stupid and uncontrollably violent and their use of our Old Media unplanned serendipity.

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Bret Tuesday, 24 July 2007 at 14:58

Because of 9/11, we’re likely to turn more of blind eye on whatever activities any other power, including China, pursue against muslims of all stripes. Thus muslims world-wide are the biggest losers.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 24 July 2007 at 15:36

Yes, which is another reason escalating things is a dumb move if you’re trying to achieve success in the physical world.

Michael Herdegen Tuesday, 24 July 2007 at 21:32

The various groups are linked only by a common philosophy and methodology, and fairly similar goals. Otherwise, they’re independent - when one group achieves success, or is crushed, it doesn’t much affect any other group.

So they have every reason to act, to attempt to better their own local situation, even if it might bring closer the possibility of linked worldwide actions against all such groups.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 24 July 2007 at 21:52

Standard prisoner’s dilemma?

Michael Herdegen Thursday, 26 July 2007 at 01:40

Yes, similar. The rewards typically come from action. Refraining from action rarely pays.

One problem, which we’ve touched on before while talking about how the Taliban constantly manages to recruit cannon-fodder, is that for most of these guys and groups, there really doesn’t seem to be a productive option B. So naturally, option A rises in their esteem, despite the very real risk of dying.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 26 July 2007 at 09:07

It looks like a stable system, though. The violence prevents the emergence of any better alternatives, except for becoming the guy who sends other guys off to die in the war. That’s definitely a winning career choice.

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