Well, sort of. I’m trying to be “back.” After a crazy 2010 in which I married a real life Frog and really turned 40. Not sure what my 40s will bring, but a few things are certain -- it will include counter-jihad, vulgar French idioms, petanque, and plenty of very fine wines. Unfortunately, it will also include English Premier and Ligue 1 “fuutbawl,” but that’s for a different post.
The two Aaron’s
Aaron, did some excellent work not too long ago exploring the connections between the online world of Swede suicide bomber, Taimour al-Abdaly and the online world of The Pest, aka Samir Khan.
Meanwhile, if you were reading Aaron Zelin’s Jihadology you would know that...
-- Bin Laden’s recent message to the French had nothing to say about the burqa law.
-- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross gives a strong defense of applying jihadi ideology in the analysis of jihadi behavior. [BTW: Congratulations]
-- There is an emerging Salafist-jihadist movement in Nigeria called the “Brigades of the Tawhid.”
-- And that there is a new study of Salafist-jihadism in Germany, by F.W.Horst, called, of all things, "Salafist-jihadism in Germany."
It is also through Aaron Z -- retweeted by the estimable Mr Orange -- that Mark Stout just posted a fascinating analysis of an early EIG (Egyptian Islamic Group) counter-intel piece.
One last thing...
I forgive you, Jarret...
...for employing any ideas that spring forth from the demented mind of 1998 Bad Writing contest winner, Judith Butler in your noble struggle against online jihadis. I admire your work. I loved your book. But the Butler reference is beyond the pale. She’s Lacan without the pen. Come back to us, Jarret, come back! Come back to the real world of applied jihad analysis! Sigh, well, if you insist on wasting your time in the dark chambers of post structuralism, just remember this: Sometimes a pen is just a pen.