Center for Strategic Communication

Rant day at 15 years, 2 days

[set in stone by Lynn C. Rees] The Internet told me Ahmed Shah Masood was dead. I was annoyed. I hated the Taliban. They were the enemy of all mankind. My hate didn’t single them out just for Third World thuggishness, seventh century fanboy oppression, or giving aid...

Human Sacrifice and State-Building

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] A while back I had a longish post that argued that the mass executions practiced by ISIS drew from the long pagan tradition of ritualistic human sacrifice. Today in the news, some social scientists see evidence of human sacrifice as the...

Mosul Museum: first the bad news, perhaps

[ by Charles Cameron — there’s some question as to the authenticity of the footage of destruction in the Mosul Museum, hence the triple post of which this is part 1 ] . First the grief, the terrible wailings: #Iraq #Mosul #IS (Via @stevoiraq)...

The Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire

[ by Charles Cameron — IDF terminology and the Gaza conflict, explanations of Exodus, an IDF video, Megillah 10b and the koan “with God on our side” / “with God on all sides” ] . photo credits: Schristia, Cloud; Chris Tangey, Fire . I’m...