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You can’t defeat what you can’t understand

“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

– Maj Gen Michael J. Nakata, Army officer picked to train Syrians to combat the Islamic State

For a good explanation why our military and political leaders still don’t understand the threat, read The Council on Global Security’s white paper, The Flawed Science Behind America’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy

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Reasoning with the unreasonable

It is useless to fight against people’s rigid ways, or to argue against their irrational concepts. You will only waste time and make yourself rigid in the process. The best strategy is to simply accept rigidity in others, outwardly displaying deference to their need for order. On your own, however, you must work to maintain your open spirit, letting go of bad habits and deliberately cultivating new ideas.

– Robert Greene

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Men without chests

We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

– C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

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How to enslave a country

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

– John Adams

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Moderation in war

“The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.”

– Adm. John Arbuthnot Fisher