Category Archives: Nukes

Stephen Coughlin and Jihad Terror Doctrine in the real world

Stephen Coughlin is a lawyer, a Reserve Military Intellgence officer, an Arabic speaker, and a scholar of Islamic law. He is also soon to be a former advisor to the Pentagon, who was fired after ruffling the feathers of “Hasham Islam, an aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England,” by “being too critical of Islamic law.” [1, 2]

While looking through Stephen Coughlin’s master’s thesis I was impressed less by Coughlin’s own writing, which was stodgy and academic as is only to be expected from the fact that it is found in an academic thesis, than by his command of the material. Appendix G, on real world Jihad doctrine, is a real eye-opener. The following is quoted from the Qur’anic Concept of War by Brigadier S. K. Malik of the Pakistani Army. This book is state sanctioned military doctrine for Pakistan.

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means; it is an end in itself. Continue reading

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Iranians received partial instructions for making core of atomic weapon

Last week’s NIE isn’t the last word on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. According to a new book, Iran obtained nuclear weapon plans from Pakistan starting in the late 1980s. From Reuters:

“The Nuclear Jihadist,” by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, tells the story of how Pakistani engineer Adbul Qadeer Khan, the now disgraced father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, developed an intricate supply network aimed at skirting sanctions and peddling uranium enrichment technology.

Khan’s network supplied Libya, Iran and North Korea with nuclear machinery and designs. Tehran’s dealings with the network at the time are one of the main riddles the UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna is trying to solve.

The book by the U.S. journalists says it was not Khan but German businessman Gotthard Lerch who persuaded Iran in 1987 to consider enriching uranium – a process of purifying it for use in power plants or weapons.

Lerch has been accused by German prosecutors of helping Khan supply Libya with restricted nuclear technology.

He and his lawyers protest innocence. Back to the story.

Frantz and Collins say a physicist from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization visited Lerch’s office in Switzerland in 1987 to buy conventional weapons for Iran’s war against Iraq.

Lerch agreed to fill the order but insisted the Iranian watch a promotional film about his nuclear inventory. Lerch had known Khan from his days working at a German vacuum firm that sold Pakistan vacuum pumps for its enrichment program.

Several weeks later the Iranians said they were interested.

Lerch’s contacts with Iran came after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq began attacking Iranian troops with chemical weapons, which began to turn the tide of the long war against Tehran.

Lerch met the Iranians in Zurich and then arranged a follow-up meeting in Dubai where, the authors write, Iran was expected to pay $10 million as a down-payment for several Pakistani enrichment centrifuges from Khan and designs.

Among the items the Iranians received in Dubai were partial instructions for making the core of an atomic weapon. [emphasis mine]

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Responding to a Nuclear Armed Terrorist Catspaw

The International Herald Tribune describes something that went on in a smoke-free back room.

WASHINGTON: Every week, a group of experts from agencies around the government — including the CIA, the Pentagon, the FBI and the Energy Department — meet to assess Washington’s progress toward solving a grim problem: if a terrorist set off a nuclear bomb in an American city, could the United States determine who detonated it and who provided the nuclear material?

So far, the answer is maybe.

It seems to me that this question is the wrong question to ask. We’re not playing a game of Clue here. We are not channeling Sherlock Holmes. We’re talking about nuclear war being declared against us, and carried out by a Terrorist catspaw of a nuclear armed state. How many Terrorism-sponsoring countries are there? In a nuclear war, all Terrorism-sponsoring countries are guilty until they prove themselves innocent.

Isn’t the whole point of nuclear deterrence that retaliation will not be equal to the first strike but much larger, much more murderous, and immensely terrifying to everyone?

The response to a nuclear attack on US soil should be:

  • Shut down the Mexican and Canadian borders.
  • Set the White House phone lines on fire with continuous meetings with all the known and suspected nuclear powers plus Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, and Egypt, informing them that the US will punish any of them that does not join in the War against whomever set off the bomb. Leave the meaning of punish fuzzy.
  • Pass through private channels an ultimatum that the retaliation against the Terror States of North Korea, Iran, Syria, and the Talibanistan part of Pakistan will be coming quickly and will be overwhelming. Their one chance is to prove their innocence by fingering the culprit.
  • Declare War against the Terror States in North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Talibanistan. Seize all their external assets and use them to start paying for the War. Expel all their citizens from the US. Any with dual citizenship can stay if they renounce their non-US citizenship. Ban all private travel to and commerce with them and prosecute violators. Start negotiations with these Terror States to see how quickly they want to surrender and turn over all their assets to be managed by the United States. Nuke military targets in each. Continue to press the negotiations, and continue to bomb them, until they surrender.

This is about planning for a nuclear war, for Pete’s sake! This isn’t about a lawsuit or some kind of criminal trial or a popularity contest. This is about winning a nuclear war as quickly as possible to minimize the total number of civilian casualties on our side. And that requires a brutal calculus that the idiot, leftist peace-mongers of the world will never understand, for their only idea of war is a decade-long smear campaign against George W. Bush in retaliation for Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton. (It sounds ridiculous because it is, and it is because they are so profoundly unserious.)

h/t: Pajamas 

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Talibanistan devouring Pakistan: Afghanistan next

The surrender of the Waziristans to the Assassins of the Taliban and Al Qaeda was only the beginning. Now nuclear power Pakistan’s deterioration accelerates, bringing ever closer the spectre of a nuclear Jihadist state.

Only a few days ago, there was shock, widely expressed, at a video circulating in Pakistan that showed a 12 year old boy beheading a Pakistani militant accused of being a U.S. spy.

Jihadist media sources in Pakistan are prospering, and widely disseminate this sort of material. Osama bin Laden’s newspaper in Pakistan is known as the Ummat.

In related news, the uprising at Lal Masjid (aka the Red Mosque) in Islamabad has been continuing for several months now. The staff-wielding, niqaab wearing militant women in Black of the Red Mosque have been demanding the replacement of Pakistani civil law with sharia for a while. The Red Mosque has set up a sharia court on its territory. The Red Mosque’s chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz recently declared war on Pakistan. Specifically he stated that Musharraf’s government is un-Islamic and that every Moslem should wage jihad against it. “Banned” terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed has declared it will fight the government on behalf of the Red Mosque, claiming that police officers have raped their “sisters.” The government is trying to put lipstick on a pig by claiming the standoff has been resolved amiably, but the Red Mosque leadership disputes the government’s claims.

The Red Mosque isn’t the only source of Assassin agitation in Pakistan. The Darul Uloom Haqqania in the North-West Frontier Province is one of Pakistan’s largest madrassas, and was the main training madrassa for the original Taliban. Roughly 3,000 jihadists graduate from it every year. It is one center of gravity for the new, Pakistani Taliban that now controls the Waziristans, the North-West Frontier Province, and adjoining terrortories including Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Bajaur, Bannu and Lakki Marwat. As the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor notes:

A more startling view by another Pakistani observer notes that the male custodians of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa seminaries confirm that “Pakistan’s mosques and seminaries raise terrorists and not scholars” (Dawn, April 15).

Lal and Haqqania have plenty of company in the Assassin indoctrination biz.

As Mullah Dadullah, a hardened Taliban assassin, told Al Jazeera, Osama Bin Laden is alive in Pakistan. Bin Laden is monitoring and supervising Al Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bin Laden personally ordered the attack on U.S. Vice President Cheney in Bagram base in Afghanistan. And the U.S. has no authority to strike Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, even if he were identified down to the square meter.

Pakistan does the absolute minimum to discourage Jihadist Assassins from crossing the border into Afghanistan to wreak havoc against Afghan and NATO military and civilians. Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on the reckoning that NATO and the U.S. are weak and will soon abandon Afghanistan, leaving the Karzai government susceptible to a Pashtun revolt led by a vanguard of Taliban and Al Qaeda that would restore a jihadist government friendly to Pakistan in Afghanistan.

The government of Pakistan continues to crumble on other fronts. The government is promising to reconstruct illegally built madrassas, the demolition of which sparked the rebellion of the Lal Masjid. Now the Taliban in Bajaur is distributing pamphlets calling for the release of all Jihadists imprisoned by the Pakistani government… or else. The Pakistani government’s affinity for giving in to Jihadist threats does not fill one with confidence.

One area where Pakistan is cracking down on border-crossing Jihadists is in Baluchistan. Of course, these Jihadists are attacking targets in Iran, not Afghanistan. Worse yet in Pakistan’s eyes, these Baluchi Jihadists threaten Pakistan’s agreement with China to build a massive deepwater port in Gwadar.

What does all this mean?

In my estimation, we are coming ever closer to nuclear war. Pakistan is a nuclear power that is becoming increasingly dominated by Jihadist Assassins including Osama Bin Laden, the New Old Man of the Mountain.

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Nuclear Iran & Polls

One who participates in polls can quickly become confused. At least that is the most obvious conclusion that comes out of a March 14-16 Zogby International poll of 4,824 Americans concerning Iran.

Iran’s Nuclear Program

  • 88.1% of those asked believe that the purpose of Iran’s nuclear program is to develop nuclear weapons. 5.5% believe that the purpose is to generate electricity.
  • To break down the 88.1% who believe that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, 39.3% said Iran is developing nuclear weapons for its own use, 18.4% said Iran is developing “a weapon to sell to terrorist organizations,” and 30.4% said Iran is trying to balance a nuclear threat from other nuclear powers.

The balance rubric seems strange. How does it change the facts of whether Iran is developing nuclear weapons for military purposes? Is it more acceptable for Iran to threaten to use nukes against nuclear powers such as the U.S., France, and Israel than to use them to bully Turkey and Iraq?
Middle Eastern Nuclear Arms Race

  • 88.2% of those asked answered that if Iran developed nuclear weapons, then it was very or somewhat likely that other countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt would race to develop their own weapons, leading to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

This would lead to the nightmare of the Three Conjectures scenario. Continue reading