Summary: Today's violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists -- without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today's Islamic extremists using similar methods -- reversing the results from 16 years of … Continue reading We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago
Summary: We have difficulty dealing with present problems because we have forgotten so much of our past. Here Stratfor seeks lessons for our long war with jihadists by examining our long struggle with anarchists during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is rich with lessons for us. The subject of this analysis is "nihilist and … Continue reading Stratfor: we can learn to fight jihadists by studying the anarchists
Summary: Martin van Creveld is one of the top experts on modern war. That means non-trinitarian war, more commonly known as fourth generation war (4GW). Today he gives a typically brilliant briefing on the war in Syria, more similar to the Thirty Years War than anything in recent history. While a tiny and poor nation. … Continue reading Martin van Creveld warns us about Syria
Summary: Here Stratfor examines a growing and disturbing aspect of fourth generation warfare -- the increased use of children as soldiers -- by jihadists. This can help us to better know what to expect from this dark aspect of our future, and to prepare for it. The Stray Cubs of the Caliphate By Scott Stewart … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the stray cubs of the Caliphate
Summary: Trump's two key defense appointees, General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor and General James Mattis, suggest Trump will intensify our war with jihadists. Obama did so, and only helped spread the jihadist struggle. Trump is unlikely to do better because this is primarily a cultural conflict -- with America the overwhelming favorite to … Continue reading Trump prepares for a strong military response to jihadists. We’ll win anyway.