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The Afghan Evacuation Crisis, Intelligence or Political Failure? Likely a Mix of Both

Countless volumes will be written about the last few weeks of the U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan and the evacuation crisis that engulfed it. We Firstly, we must remember that ‘a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire’ was designated as an ‘item on the agenda of the intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations’. Political inertia can be quite powerful, and an element of political groupthink might have plagued the decision-making process across the coalition. Given the widespread low sentiment (on the ground and online) and defections across the country, intelligence projections should have been questioned and the evacuation plans gone into overdrive. Continue reading

The Theory of Shock and Awe: Anarchism and Terrorism Taken to the Extreme

A key problem is that to the new generation of terrorists and jihadists killings are no longer means to an end. Their mindset simply blends together the idea of a Utopian world that does not actually exist; the desire to play a protagonist’s role in that imaginary world; and hate towards anything undermining the fantasy. Continue reading

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