Anonymous v. ISIS

What is Anonymous?:

Anonymous is a famously fractious coalition of individuals and factions with internal rivalries and disagreements — a collective front rather than a united front, as Jamie Condliffe put it in Gizmodo — but it is generally regarded as being reasonably good at what it does. Terrorist groups are critically dependent upon electronic communication for everything from recruitment and motivation to actual operations, and there is some reason to suspect that groups such as Anonymous will prove more adept at disrupting that communication than our conventional intelligence and law-enforcement forces have. The Islamic State isn’t really a state, yet; like al-Qaeda, it is a non-state actor, and it is likely that other non-state actors will be enormously important in countering it.

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A rare bit of good news. And now for the TAH-DAH BOOM:

“These are not the 72 virgins . . . [ISIS was} expecting,” as one now immortal online quipster put it.

No, I don’t suppose they are.

Surefire Way to Slow Muslim Immigration into Europe

Stewart Baker offers this suggestion:

Europeans should be conscripting military-age Syrian refugees, training them, and sending them back to fight for their own country. (According to the United Nations, in this wave of migrants, the men outnumber the women by nearly five to one.) Why shouldn’t those men be asked to help create the refuge that they and their families need — in Syria, where they need it most.

I can’t imagine anything more likely to be effective. Read the whole thing.