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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Al Qaeda morale

Arab News:

The Al-Qaeda terror network attracts young Saudis and then controls them by threats of jail and torture by security forces if they desert, two captured recruits told Channel One of Saudi Television. In a program entitled “Special Facts From Within the Cell” which aired late on Tuesday, Khaled Al-Farraj and Abdul Rahman Al-Roshoud said the militants used heavy psychological pressure to win over and maintain the loyalty of their members.
Disgusting practice, but possibly a good sign if they feel the need to shore up the morale of their recruits in this manner. These thugs can be beaten, like any others.


Blogger Andrew said...

Uh... Doesn't the every military group do this? The US certainly does. Desertion has always been considered a high crime; the Union army executed 147 deserters in the Civil War. Here's the UCMJ statute on desertion in the US military: http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/mcm/bl85.htm?once=true&

War's tough and everybody gets scared on the front lines. Harsh punishment for desertion and treason are the only ways to make sure people don't chicken out; you make them more afraid of you than the enemy.

Hell, we probably taught al-Qaeda to do this. :)

9/26/2004 06:31:00 PM  

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