Mastermind? Don’t make me laugh.

By Nathan Barton

The Battle of Paris continues to dominate the news.

The WaPo reported that “Suspected mastermind of Paris attack died in police raid, officials confirm » The suspected mastermind of last week’s terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead in Paris has been killed in a police raid, authorities here confirmed Thursday. The bullet-riddled body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian citizen of Moroccan origin, was found in the charred rubble of an apartment raided early Wednesday.

Got some problems with this.  First, who can believe the police?  Second, IF this was the guy that planned and executed these attacks, or one of them, he was no “mastermind.”  No James Bond villain, but an idiot who frankly did not have to plan much at all, and clearly had NOT ONE THOUGHT as to how to carry out these attacks for maximum effectiveness.

Why do I say this? The death and wounded toll would have been FAR higher, given the weapons and time they had. The love of death and suicide to go to paradise is one thing, but experienced killers are a rare resource and not be be wasted. And a true, experienced terrorist would have realized that the “best” sort of terror attack takes place in multiple phases: the initial attack (in this case, inside the targeted facilities in the crowds), the second phase is to attack those crowds as they stampede out into the open, into perfect killing zones for guns, suicide bombs, or command-detonated bombs.

The third phase is to attack the first responders (the medical and fire, not the cops) as they respond, either bombing and shooting them AT the scene or at known chokepoints on the way TO the scene. The coordination required for this is not particularly difficult; mostly you need the manpower. Having six or more people INSIDE the venue was a foolish concentration of resources.

The fancy stuff comes in when you start using tactics like a Judas goat or mining the exits. But even THAT is simple enough that a relatively inexperienced infantry or engineer squad leader should be able to plan and execute it. And of course: they ran out of ammo! A huge killing field, lots of targets (although the high number of wounded versus dead indicates the typical Muslim “spray and pray” technique was probably used), and they barely got one out of thirty or more? And he let himself get caught so easily? Please.

No, this guy was NO mastermind: indeed, a typical stupid and lazy terrorist, no matter WHO or WHAT he was a tool of.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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6 Responses to Mastermind? Don’t make me laugh.

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  2. Nathan,

    You seem to be evaluating “maximum effectiveness” as nothing more than maximum body count. What’s “effective” is dependent on what the goal is. The goal here was clearly not to maximize the body count per se, but to get Paris’s — and the world’s — panties in a twist of fear.

    Yes, he could have maximized the body count at much greater manpower expense and at much greater risk of some kind of timetable/coordination failure. But given his ACTUAL goal, would the additional manpower expense and risk of failure have been justified for marginally “better” results?


    • MamaLiberty says:

      Can’t speak for Nathan, of course. Since the “terrorists” are evidently happy to die, and demonstrate so completely that they don’t value any life, I suspect the central problem here is that you and I are quite incapable of understanding the true goals of these monsters.

      Seems to me that the only real issue for us is how to defend ourselves from them. That this starts with an end to all the things that enable them is important, but probably not likely to happen any time soon. The helpless victims have their panties in a wad of fear over it because it has never occurred to them that they could or should defend themselves…


  3. Darkwing says:

    “Mastermind” He did not leave Paris, he remained there, good plan. Kill people, bomb places and stay around and look over what you have done. just like Lee Oswald: murdered the president, murder a cop and then go to a movie, real smart.


    • MamaLiberty says:

      We should be so grateful for such dumb cluck “terrorists.” Shooting fish in a barrel took little intelligence and less courage. It would be nice to think that all of these monsters were so stupid.


  4. richard says:

    Aha! So you are the mastermind! Who else would want to claim the credit? Who else would make public a clearer thought? Who else would want to avenge the death of Dr. No? Goldfinger, is this you?


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