Are the Chinese Sabotaging Islam?
The Chinese are masters at copycat capitalism; give them a blueprint–or even an item they can reverse-engineer–and they’ll speedily and inexpensively start manufacturing knockoffs. Some of us worry about quality control (understatement alert) for components of everything from computers to aircraft. Whatif they are selling us stuff that will fail at a sensitive moment? Or just plain fail?
It’s hard to separate national security concerns from the quality control issue, and of course “national security” is sometimes subject to surprising definition. In Iran, for example, we find that the Chinese have penetrated the Koran market, and Chinese knockoffs cost less than Iranian-made versions. But the cheap Chinese Korans have lots of typos…
I wonder if those “typos” are just typos, or if there is a systematic ideological campaign under way. I mean, the Beijing regime is quite concerned about radical Muslim separatists in the West. Why not subvert the doctrine, and make a profit at the same time?
Inquiring minds await the detailed report of the Iranian “Koran Oversight Office.”
Yes, you bet I’m serious.
Inspired by others, here is my War-ish reading list:
Maneuver Warfare / 3GW
– Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (A short intro to Maneuver Warfare – aka 3GW – thinking embedded in a fun to read Science Fiction novel)
Moving toward some 5GW thinking…
– Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui ( Forget the dumb criticism that this is anti-US book. This book broadens ones mind as to what conflict can be, is leads in to a key idea of 4GW and 5GW, that is the Weaponization of things not thought to be Weapons)
…here (“Covert Influence”):
Covert influence, influence that is not openly acknowledged or displayed, oftentimes occurs when those being influenced are actually unaware of their activities. Covert influence operations are time consuming—not hours, days, or weeks but months and often years. One of the many tactics behind covert influence stems in social conditioning. Persons actually unknowingly change their cognitive processing in believing the way their influencers desire.
Initiators in this covert espionage concept are rarely known. They are Mavens. To understand one of the processes which covert influence begins, think of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Tipping Point where he discusses Mavens, Connectors, and Salespersons.
Mavens are the brains with ideas to be executed. Mavens can be nation states. They can also be leaders of groups like terrorist organizations. Sometimes they are not leaders rather serve their masters as the brains behind the scenes. While Mavens are rarely known, they spread their ideas and memes to a few powerful persons known as Connectors.
Connectors, often construed as assets, have large networks of individuals who pitch these ideas and or memes onto the public. The Connectors are influential and tactically powerful. They have capabilities to persuade others. The others are their Salespersons.
Salespersons are normally everyday persons. They have access to local level individuals and capabilities to spread the social meme onto others with relative ease. In the intelligence world, Salespersons are often referred to as sources.
I have a 5GW summary page here.
So why did Ahmed Rehab start following me on twitter? It beats me.
Maybe I should follow him back to track the current thinking of America’s enemies?
The profile also says he is an “Egyptian American democracy activist”.
What are his recent tweets? Two of them are about Al-Qada not existing (they are a fiction of the FBI/CIA):
I started writing this as a comment on a post at Coming Anarchy, but it is a bit too long for that.
So in answer to their question…not really an answer but a steam of thoughts…
The USA long peaceful border with Canada makes it an important relationship. They are a no problem neighbor.
The USA should want the Mexico relationship to evolve into the same type of thing. The relationship matters economically and because a failed Mexico impacts the security of the US. Even longer term, the US goal should be to integrate (peacefully and voluntarily) Mexico fully into the USA in the next 100 years.
The UK had been the most important USA overseas ally. The decline of the UK (and NATO), the rise of the EU, and the actions of the current US President have reduced that relationship. Our challenge with the EU is to both prop up Europe slowing/preventing it from turning in Eurabia, and to at the same time benefit from an exodus of smart/innovative/entrepreneurial/motivated Europeans (with their brains and capital) from pre-Eurabia Europe to the US.
India needs to be targeted as a future most important relationship – Economics/Security/Democracy – it all comes together for the USA with India. The US should also support India getting a permanent UN Security Council seat (good for Obama on this).
The USA relationship with China is important because of the economic interrelationship (for better or worse), China’s rise toward superpower status, and because the PRC leadership is clearly positioning China as the alternative/opponent/adversary of the US. China is essentially waging a 5GW against the US now. The US needs to step up to it or face it that US decline is coming sooner rather than later/never.
Russia matters because it has nukes, oil, and KGB/Active-Measure skills a plenty. Russia is not the USSR. Russia is in decline. The challenge here is to manage the relationship so that while declining, Russia doesn’t hatch any Black Swans. The US also wants to avoid the creation of Russia/Turkey/Iran Axis of Mischief.
Iran matters to the US because they have oil, can effect access to lots of oil, will have nukes soon, has revolutionary Islamic expansionary activities, and has leadership that seems hell-bent on future war with the US. The US goal here must be regime change – hopefully without massive Iranian population/infrastructure destruction. One way or another, this is going to get ugly since most of the non-ugly options have been disregarded/ignored by the US ostrich strategy.
Japan matters to US right now because it is distinct (not Europe, not China, not Muslim) and for its partner potential. The US should support Japan’s JDF expanding and getting expeditionary (lots of US officers and SNCO’s should be detailed to the JDF). We should support this capital rich nation getting involved with financing/engineering stuff in Eastern Russia and Africa. The US should encourage Japan and India to become better friends. and to inter-operate.
Saudi Arabia only matters because of oil, and because (along with Egypt and Pakistan) it is at the heart of the 4GW Islamofascist War by Al-Qada et all against the US/West and of the Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist et all 5GW against the US and the West.
As for the nations that matter in a big way because of Oil (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Venezuela), the US should have as a major strategic goal that of breaking the world’s dependence upon oil for energy. The way to do that is:
1) Adopt something like Zubrin’s Flex-Fuel requirement for all new vehicles sold in the US (which means it would be adopted everywhere);
2) Easing/promoting/financing next-generation nuke and min-nuke power in the US and abroad (the US should want to be a world leader in this);
3) Adopting/promoting/financing Municipal Plasma Furnaces to generate electricity efficiently from trash in the US and abroad (the US should want to be a world leader in this);
4) Updating the US power grid into a network of smart grids and financing/deploying/promoting this around the world (the US should want to be a world leader in this);
5) The US should be making a major push for Orbital Solar Power systems and the related technology and processes. The US must be the world leader in this;
Note I am not calling for so-called hippy-friendly green energy (e.g earth-based solar, wind, etc, hemp/organic burning). Hippies can have an upside, just not on energy. There just isn’t potential enough of that at a reasonable costs to be the answer. Also, conservation isn’t the answer. I want more energy usage not less. I also want a future where Africans and Chinese, and Indians and everybody can have AC, bright lights in every corner of their homes and all of that. The happy future I want has more energy in total and more energy per capita, not less.
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I was home sick today. Of course, my TWC Internet went down at 8am and stayed down till now. I would say fuck TWC, but I don’t have a broadband alternative in my apartment. I did config my Roku to connect to a neighbor’s unprotected Wi-FI network so I could stream music from Pandora.
I turned on the TV and caught most of Glenn Beck‘s TV show. I am going to record and re-watch the late rerun and record it the rest of the week.
Glenn Beck has discovered 5GW.
He just isn’t using the term. Yet. Note to self…can he be sent a promo copy of the Handbook of 5GW.
He seemed to be suggesting a Neo-Communist/Neo-Marxist/Crytpo-Communist 5GW Project is underway and ramping up its actions…actions it has been taking small steps over time.
He pointed to the book The Coming Insurrection as a source of ideas for the 5GW.
He is pretty sure he will be denounced as a conspiracy monger. I think he is right on that.
He invoked magic and con men for tactics metaphors.
It seems that he plan to be a counter-5GW warrior by using sunlight to expose the 5GW and raise awareness of it.
In xGW terms, successful exposure of the 5GW effort will either collapse (defeat) it, or force it to come out into the open as a 4GW.
These are interesting times.