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The Freedom Fighter's Manual

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From 'The Freedom Fighter's Manual'
Originally in Spanish (as handed out by the CIA in Nicaragua)

INCENDIARY BOMB.
("MOLOTOV COCKTAIL")

1. FILL A NARROW-KNECKED BOTTLE WITH GASOLINE, KEROSENE, OR BURNABLE DIESEL: BETTER STILL, IF SHREDDED SOAP OR SAWDUST ADDED.

2. INSERT A RAG IN THE BOTTLE UNTIL ONE END TOUCHES THE LIQUID AND THE OTHER EXTENDS NO MORE THAN 20CM FROM THE RIM OF THE BOTTLE. SEAL THE BOTTLE TIGHTLY WITH A STRING OR TAPE.

3. TO ACTIVE THE DEVICE:
A) HOLD THE BOTTLE IN ONE HAND WITH YOUR ARM EXTENDED.
B) LIGHT THE RAG WITH YOUR OTHER HAND.
C) IMMEDIATELY THROW THE LIGHTED BOTTLE AT YOUR OBJECTIVE WITH SUFFICIENT FORCE THAT IT BREAKS ON IMPACT.

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13th Sep 2008, 23:54   | tags:

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hildegard says:

I think this is a bit dim.

13th Sep 2008, 23:57

plewis says:

Then you need to lighten up :-)

14th Sep 2008, 00:10

hildegard says:

No, I don't.

You need to engage your forebrain & read the Moblog terms & conditions. If you still don't see the problem, try the Terrorism Act 2006, particularly those sections pertaining to the internet.

Or maybe try working on a burns unit.

14th Sep 2008, 01:07

plewis says:

Thank you for your comments.
You must mean -

Threats: Use of the service to transmit any material (by e-mail, uploading, posting or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.

You are of course entitled to your opinion, however your interpretation is at fault.

The posting is merely reporting material that has been widely distributed in the world. It along with the post it refers to, highlight the cartoon violence nature of aggression prevalent in the world today. The post is no more an encouragement to harm, (real or imaginary) intended to praise, celebrate or incite terrorism than the computer game Grand Theft Auto encourages car theft and drive-by shootings or the graphic novel V for Vendetta encourages the re-enactment of Guy Fawkes attempted destruction of Parliament.

I am of course quite happy for the Moblog management to rule on this and will remove anything that they deem may cause them problems. But your reaction does perhaps illustrate the knee-jerk, lack of sophistication, cotton wool world we now inhabit?

Everything nowadays should come with a warning label - just in case...

** DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS **
you may burn you ickle finger-wingers.

!! IF YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO READ THIS AS A LITERAL INCITATION TO VIOLENCE
YOU NEED TO ENGAGE YOUR FOREBRAIN !!

** VIOLENCE IS NOT COOL **

14th Sep 2008, 11:32

Alfie says:

I do see that you're posting it as you have laid out, I don't see a problem. I can see how it can be deemed offensive by some though, especially since you did not make the context of the post clear at first, you just put it up as is.

14th Sep 2008, 14:01

plewis says:

See your point, but one would hope in a grown up world one wouldn't have to explain everything/put disclaimers everywhere?

But I guess the world is increasingly infantile, and afraid of such things as freedom of information/the consequences that may follow the misunderstanding of the presentation of facts.

But to think that some people may believe there is anyone in the world who knows what a Coke Cola bottle is, but doesn't know what a Molotov Cocktail is (or how to make one), is rather comical.

Violence is under most circumstances deplorable. But the threat of violence is an absolute necessity for the attempted proper functioning of Democracy.

DISCUSS

14th Sep 2008, 14:45

Alfie says:

Your statement assumes that democracy works.

14th Sep 2008, 14:54

plewis says:

Studies seem to show that groups function best at an upper limit of around 100-150 members.

[Conflict and Governance By Amihai Glazer, Kai A. Konrad]

Though most studies have been completed before the widespread introduction of Information Technology ...
(and any changes that that may bring about?)

Possibly no form of Government works well/completely fairly after that?

Have added extra word in previous comment - 'attempted'

:-)

14th Sep 2008, 15:05

mat says:

Alfie, the hypothesis proposed is that democracy is held together, ultimately, by the threat of violence - albeit (usually) interrupted violence, in the form of imprisonment. I don't see how that has any bearing whatsoever on whether the aforementioned system of governance "works" or not. All that's being said - as far as I can tell - is that political power is, in the end, predicated on superior physical force. I think you can fairly say the same for all political systems short of self-organising social groups - which only work on small scales (100-150 people) anyway.

As I read it, the original post was given a context when it was put up (the later comments merely attempt to justify the posting of the material itself, not it's attendant implications). It's a political statement about the hypocrisy of the war on terror and/or American foreign policy. If the US is so anti-terrorism, why were they encouraging it in Nicaragua? Could it be that they think that violence is OK, when it's used for their own ends? Is it OK for one country to meddle in another countries affairs in this was? (not that US is the only people to do this kind of thing, not by a long way) That's the kind of questions this post raised in my mind - in what situation does this leaflet exist, and why, and what implications does that have on how some political powers behave in other, similar, situations?

As for the idea that the mere presence of information on how to cause trouble itself causes trouble - well, that, imo, is rather absurd. I can, and have, read in some detail the mechanics of building everything from a molotov cocktail to a shaped charge projectile to a full-scale hydrogen bomb. None of that has made me feel like actually blowing anyone or thing up - even though I can make quite a lot of them in my back garden. More to the point, if I wanted to blow things or people up, it's hardly challenging to find the information. The Anarchist's Cookbook, The Green Book, The Afghan Jihadi's Encyclopedia and more are all just a few clicks away.

14th Sep 2008, 15:19

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