Central Standard Time, Issue # 2

[Mark Safranski / “zen”] Professor Totorici has the second issue of Central Standard Time up. My contribution for this issue comes from the ZP archives – in keeping with the cultural spirit of CST I decided on a book review, the one on American Spartan by Ann Scott Tyson, but with an updated prologue: American Spartan […] Read more »

Small Wars and Big Thoughts

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] U.S. Marines display captured flag of Nicaraguan rebels led by Augusto Cesar Sandino While pop-centric COIN may be dead, small wars and irregular warfare will always be with us. We might say they are in the fourth or fifth generation; are an open-source insurgency; or have become “hybrid“; or exist […] Read more »

New Book ! Global Radical Islamist Insurgency

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Torn from the pages of Small Wars Journal….. Global Radical Islamist Insurgency: al Qaeda and Islamic State Networks Focus Vol. II 2012-2014  edited by Dave Dilegge and Robert Bunker New and looking to be very useful. Right up the alley for our own Charles Cameron and friends of ZP blog […] Read more »

KILO TWO BRAVO – The Teaser Post

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Friend of ZP, Kanani Fong sent me early access to watch and review Kilo Two Bravo, due to be released November 13th. It is the true story of a platoon of British paratroopers who are caught in a minefield by the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan’s deadly Helmand Valley. As I have just finished […] Read more »

ISIS: Paganism with an Islamic Face?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21  “They rejected the commandments of the Lord … and served Baal. They consigned their sons and daughters to the fire” – 2 […] Read more »

New Book: Relentless Strike by Sean Naylor

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor I just received a courtesy review copy of Relentless Strike from John at St. Martin’s Press.  Increasingly viewed as a “must read” book in the defense community, Relentless Strike is also extremely controversial among its target audience […] Read more »

The Freikorps Revival

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] One of the signs that the Westphalian state system was approaching its zenith was the gradual extinction of legal private warfare in Europe (and in America , east of the frontier). While this trend predated the French Revolution with divine right absolutism monarchs taxing and regulating their nobles once formidable […] Read more »

Warrior / Spirit

[ by Charles Cameron — is “conflict resolution” in conflict with “conflict” — and if so, what’s the appropriate resolution? ] . [left] Strozzi-Heckler’s book, now in its fourth edition; [right] one of a series of figures called Yoga Joes. ** Craig Davies at a site called Art-Sheep has a post titled Classic Green Army […] Read more »

Review: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy and Blood Meridian first came to my attention back in 2000 when noted literary critic, Yale professor Harold Bloom was interviewed on C-Span’s Booknotes regarding his book, How to Read and Why. Bloom, an eccentric character who […] Read more »

Mad Dog Mattis – Blogger

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] General James N. “Mad Dog ” Mattis, USMC (ret.), the semi-legendary, no-nonsense, fighting general of our recent wars, beloved by his Marines, has accepted a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the highly regarded Hoover Institution, where he has been writing an online column. A fancy way of saying that General Mattis […] Read more »