Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wargaming Our Terms of Surrender

Christine is one of the major driving forces behind the Center for Vigilant Freedom. I received this email from her today, summarizing the current state of the Counterjihad from the point of view of someone who is organizing the coalitions.

I have often said that coordination and communication among the various groups that oppose the Great Jihad are our most important tasks. It’s time to put aside the factional infighting, the anathematizing of opponents, and the insistence on doctrinal purity. After our victory there will be plenty of time to decide whose method was the best, and who was the most ideologically correct.

Christine’s analysis is billiant:

Virtually everything we do is in coalitions, and that emergence of effective coalitions — often ad hoc, for single rallies, or over months over a piece of legislation, or locally as activists find each other from groups with common interests — is an important trend from the last year. A lot of our work is in helping to incubate those coalitions, both by supporting other groups, and also by helping to incubate single-issue sites that can become battlegrounds in this war of ideas.

If you think of this in terms of war gaming, we need more pieces on the board. Our Islamist adversaries have a lot of pieces on the chess board, pieces they have been building with petrodollars for over a generation — new Islamic organizations like NAIT and ISNA (Wahhabi forces), pseudo-Western organizations to enforce the separation of Muslims from mainstream integration, such as CAIR, MAS, and MSA (Muslim Brotherhood forces), groups to effect infiltration and intimidation into existing Western NGOs and government agencies of Muslim Brotherhood supporters (FBI, U.S. Peace Institute, CIA, White House, Transportation Security Agency, Department. of Justice) .

A lot of Islamist dawa is about putting hundreds of organizations and individuals in place in each country’s civil and governmental institutions — not just in the USA. The strategy is one of colonization under Islamic Imperialism — for these Islamist groups to act as Muslim Brotherhood front groups, creating the parallel society of Shariah which will then be in place to take over as national sovereignty is corrupted and preoccupied with the chaos of civil war and terrorism. Gramsci, Qutb, Mao — various theorists of insurrection and colonization of the West have written on this. Our side is beginning to look at this now too, especially over the last half decade.

So much of what needs to be done right now is building up our own organizational capacity, finding people who can work together, and targeting key areas of weakness in our adversaries. Many groups are starting to do this.

I’ve worked with Muslims professionally over the years in various IT projects. Many train expertly as engineers, systems analysts and systems modelers. I wish I could see — because it exists somewhere — the system dynamics model that has been built, perhaps even by people I once knew, to model the Islamization of the West. It’s implicit, but given the skills and that Islamic cultural interest in the design of complex, internally referential systems, I suspect several models are out there competing for strategic dominance as the most useful tool. Our adversaries are wargaming our terms of surrender; it is up to us to build the wargames to define our terms of victory.

This is where our political leaders have failed so miserably, in failing to understand dawa, jihad, supranational terrorism, state-sponsored terrorism, the whole set of tactics as a single system. It doesn’t need a single political entity governing it, to function systematically. You can build these things fairly loosely and they still keep functioning.
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Building such analytical models of global Islamization ourselves- not in STELLA or powersim necessarily, but in something more generally accessible, like Excel — is not a bad activity, as a kind of Red Team wargaming activity. Making it public is good, to show the connections between Islamist attack vectors. There are other ways to provide this holistic view of the problem — novels, plays. A culture of resistance requires a breadth of approaches.

But we must fight on the entire game board — against all these attempts to Islamize the west — not just one tiny corner of the board called terrorism, as our political leaders are now doing. To fight against al Qaeda and to legitimize CAIR is like playing chess and saying you like the other guy’s bishops and rooks, and wouldn’t want to offend him by capturing them, so you’re going to play “fair” and only capture his knights.

So we do need to model what our adversaries are doing, and that is Red team wargaming. And then we can build — less publicly perhaps — a model for Blue Team response. We’re doing that now ad hoc, by resisting Islamization with many groups. But we know enough now to plan.

And we need to communicate our findings, both to the general public and to political leaders (possibly through public pressure, since they are willfully blind). We need government leaders who understand wargaming, to stop legitimizing “self-appointed” leaders of Muslims who never chose those leaders.

Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan never met with the American Communist Party to show their “outreach” to the American Workers. It makes even less sense for government officials to meet with supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah, such as CAIR and the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, and pretend that doing so means they are engaging in “outreach” to American Muslims. It is a betrayal of trust and a creation of moral hazard that exceeds Neville Chamberlain’s, for he gave away another country, and they are giving away their own.


Ypp said...

It is good to unite, but unfortunately, our views may be so different that they actually lead to opposite conclusions. What will we do together, if we have opposite plans?

For example, the lady writes:
"organizations to enforce the separation of Muslims from mainstream integration"

But CAIR and and is the result of muslims' integration into American political culture. What else does she expect from muslims to organize, a chess club? Muslims' integration IS islamization. And no computer model is needed to understand that. So, if someone would offer me to unite for writing a computer model how to integrate muslims, I would probably refuse. With all respect.

FluffResponse said...

Would like to hear more from this woman.

It is painful that the political elite shares celebratory dinners with people who think sharia is worthy of respect. I suppose what is being proprosed, then, is a series of spreadheet entries, with supplementary information available for each -- (1) money given by Saudi Arabia to mosques and universities; (2) purchases of Western assets; (3) programs to convert felons; .... in short, a coherent summary of how Islam is being marketed and is gaining influence.

The place to begin in the United States is with a statement that suggests a basis for a renewed sense of history and community. At independence, the United States was considered to be -- and thought itself to be -- the embodiment of the European Enlightenment. At best, we are the descendants of those people, whatever our ethnic background.

The argument against Islam needs to be made in the context of the core Enlightenment values, not as a turning against those values.

The founders knew little about Islam, whose adherents would immigrate en masse only 200+ years later. What would the founders have done differently, if they knew?

Wouldn't they have sought to marginalize those who speak for political Islam? One possibility, in our time, is to remove from Muslims the special civil rights protections offered to the adherents of private religions. After all, those protections are not offered to other supremist political systems.

Wouldn't they have offered special protection to Muslims who turn from Islam? Wouldn't they have sought to protect those who communicate the inherent weaknesses of Islamic society? (Wouldn't they have asked and answered the question, "Why are Islamic societies so poor, so despotic?")

Most important in the current context: Wouldn't they have stopped this immigration?

Ypp said...

I have a heretical thought - it looks like our own authorities are islamizing our own countries, whereas "islamists" do their best to oppose that process by creating a bad impression of muslims.

Spence said...

Indeed, the argument against Islam needs to be done in context of our core values. The American dream, the vision of our forefathers, is the exact opposite of everything Islam seeks to accomplish. However, for that argument to work, we need to combat the multiculturalists who seek to defile the virtue of America and the west at large. Multiculturalists may be a far greater threat than Islamists. What good is defeating Islam if the multiculturalists destroy the west from the inside? We need to have our victory over both, and then prepare for whatever seeks to destroy us after that, and I think the best way to do that is strengthen our faith in our own way of life, our own heritage, and our own values. If the next generation of the west doesn't value itself, then it won't bother with any sort of defense.

rohan said...

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum,of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

Some people never learn from history.