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The War Nerd August 10, 2007
 
Shank You Very Much
The fine art of prison war. By Gary Brecher Browse author Email
 
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Which brings us to the key element in realistic assassination on the inside: Teamwork.

Orcs 4 Real: Texas Syndicate members pose for unintentionally urinating documentary photojournalist

That's the key to any effective prestentation, like they told me in this lame weekend course I took once. In other words, you need three men to kill a guy effectively with the generally lousy weapons you can get in stir. Two to hold him down and one to basically stab, stab and stab again till he's tenderized, or slash away with that used Bic till there's so much blood on the floor you're sure no Paramedic ever born can start his meat Die Hard again. Sorry if it sounds rough, but that's war-and we are talking war here; the difference between gang warfare and "real" war is crap, except for scale. You cold even argue that the "two to hold him down, one to stab" has all kinds of parallels in "real" warfare, like the classic 3:1 ratio between attackers and defenders you see in every military textbook, or even specifically the 2:1 ratio a young officer called Rommel developed in WW I between supporting fire and direct advancing troops.

Whether you're in the yard at Pelican Bay or on the streets in Baqouba, it all comes down to the basics of irregular warfare: intelligence, stealth, target ID, and patience. Hardware is always fun, but you never, never count on it to do the job. War: it's a people-centered business, like that weekend course lecturer used to say about sales.


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