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Arson Attack Against German Newspaper That Reprinted Charlie Hebdo Mohammed Cartoons

The AFP via Yahoo News this morning:

“Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”

The Hamburger Morgenpost, known locally as the MOPO, had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”

Police said the attack had occurred at about 0120 GMT and that two young men seen acting suspiciously near the scene were detained. State security has opened an investigation, a spokesman added.

Last year saw the beheading of journalists by ISIS, this year now sees the attack on free speech widened as whole publications are attacked. The newspaper recently increased its security:

Media reports said the newspaper’s publishers had ordered private security protection for the building in the western district of Othmarschen after publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

German news agency DPA quoted a police spokeswoman as saying that the editorial team should be able to continue work in the building as the damage was relatively minor.

What we’re seeing now is a further expansion of the trend I identified in 2013 after the Boston Bombing. The Jihad has evolved. I described it then, April 19 2013, in the opening to a piece titled “10 Depressing, Morally Confused Reactions to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad” that collected many of the same sorts of responses we’ve grown accustomed to in the years since. I’m not sure if this World War I/World War II comparison is still the best to utilize:

I will state my position about what has happened this way:

Al Qaeda’s Attack on America on September 11, 2001 = the beginning of World War 1

Two NON-ARAB, WHITE, WHOLLY AMERICANIZED Homegrown Millennial Jihadists Take America Hostage And Launch a New Template for How to Wage A DIY, Low Budget-Download-The-Instructions-Off-The-Internet Terror War = the beginning of World War II.

We are now entering a new phase of the Islamic war to replace liberal societies with Sharia law. This is World War IV, a multi-decade conflict that will be for our generation what the war against Nazism and Fascism was for our grandparents. Except it will probably be worse.

On May 8, 2013, in “Every American Needs to Read Books to Understand Islam,” I expanded the generational explanation of the war’s evolution:

Islam’s long Jihad against Judeo-Christian societies has entered a new cycle as members of my generation marry the ideology of Osama bin laden with the internet ethos of Mark Zuckerberg. The pressure cooker bomb plans the Tsarnaev brothers utilized were published in Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine. This easy availability to information for building lethal weapons is something Millennial men have known for most of their lives. I remember the subversive thrill as a seventh grader in the early days of dial-up internet — instructions for creating weapons of mass destructions are at the fingertips of anyone with access to a search engine.

In trying to describe how the Jihad war against the West has changed since 9/11, right now I’m leaning toward this 3-phase, on the next page, explaining how tactics have shifted as the world’s gotten smaller and smarter…

Note: this is, of course, only considering the Jihad in the post-Ottoman Empire, post-World War II, 20th-through 21st century era.

Jihad 1.0 = Islamic states – Iran and Saudi Arabia

Jihad 2.0 = Islamic terrorist groups – Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, 9/11

Jihad 3.0 = Islamic “lone wolves,” individuals embedded in free societies who just take it into their own hands to do what the Koran and the internet imams say they should do in imitation of their warmonger “Prophet.”

What do you think? (I should probably come up with a good date range for when one period begins and another starts.) How do we win a war when the weapon being utilized by the enemy is to find the most disaffected, impressionable, wimpy young men and then convince them to engage in murder-suicide in exchange for a harem in paradise?

Jihad needs to be made less sexy. They need to be envisioning the “meat-grinder” awaiting them instead of the 72 virgins. The Internet-wannabe Jihadists are inspired to act here because they see the gains happening in the Middle East. I think one of the most important articles of last year from David P. “Spengler” Goldman put today’s battle in the broader historical military context of what it takes to win wars: “Sherman’s 300,000 and the Caliphate’s 3 Million.”

How does one handle wars of this sort? In 2008 I argued for a “Richelovian” foreign policy, that is, emulation of the evil genius who guided France to victory at the conclusion of the Thirty Years War in 1648. Wars of this sort end when two generations of fighters are killed. They last for decades (as did the Peloponnesian War, the Napoleonic Wars and the two World Wars of the 20th century) because one kills off the fathers die in the first half of the war, and the sons in the second.

This new Thirty Years War has its origins in a demographic peak and an economic trough. There are nearly 30 million young men aged 15 to 24 in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, a bulge generation produced by pre-modern fertility rates that prevailed a generation ago. But the region’s economies cannot support them. Syria does not have enough water to support an agricultural population, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of farmers into tent cities preceded its civil war. The West mistook the death spasms of a civilization for an “Arab Spring,” and its blunders channeled the youth bulge into a regional war.

The way to win such a war is by attrition, that is, by feeding into the meat-grinder a quarter to a third of the enemy’s available manpower. Once a sufficient number of who wish to fight to the death have had the opportunity to do so, the war stops because there are insufficient recruits to fill the ranks. That is how Generals Grant and Sherman fought the American Civil War, and that is the indicated strategy in the Middle East today.

It is a horrible business. It was not inevitable. It came about because of the ideological rigidity of the Bush Administration compounded by the strategic withdrawal of the Obama administration. It could have been avoided by the cheap and simple expedient of bombing Iran’s nuclear program and Revolutionary Guards bases, followed by an intensive subversion effort aimed at regime change in Teheran.

Nutshell: we win this war the same way as the West has won previous wars, through providing those willing to fight to the death with what they most desire. The death cults can be defeated only when we choose to hit them harder than they will hit us and until we reach the point when they no longer have young men willing to die to try and establish Sharia slave states (where women are second class citizens, polygamy and pederasty are protected rights, and gays and apostates are executed.) Then the war will be finished.

So when the world has more young men in it willing to die to destroy slavery than willing to die to expand slavery then this war can be over again.

Spengler puts that number at about 3 million young Jihadists that need to be killed…



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