Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 2: Case Studies of by Brian A. Jackson

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By Brian A. Jackson

Case stories of the organizational studying avtivities of 5 significant terrorist teams and a strategy for ascertaining what and why they discovered.

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While Asahara may indeed have become disenchanted with Endo, there is no evidence to indicate that the group switched to chemical weapons after having failed to meet its objectives with biological weapons. Rather, it seems likely that Aum embarked on a full set of weapons programs at roughly the same time and that different programs advanced as opportunities arose. Even if there were setbacks in one weapons category and advances in another, the group seemed to keep all of them alive at different paces of development.

This was, of course, accompanied by a desire to make money to further the group. Later, the group wanted to procure materials for its defense and to bring about Asahara’s vision of a violent apocalypse. Aum purchased a tea plantation in Sri Lanka with the intention of setting up a lotus village similar to its compound at the base of Mt. Fuji. The leaders sought meetings with government officials and offered to make substantial investments in the country as part of the lotus village project. Sri Lankan officials did not prove as accommodating as their Russian counterparts.

These experiences contributed to Aum’s organizational learning about struggling with adversaries. Essentially, when the survival of the guru and the organization seemed to be at risk, anything needed to allow Aum to continue its divine mission was considered justifiable. Violent struggle with other religious organizations established a pattern of behavior for how Aum managed relations with all of its adversaries. Defending Aum from critics, which included anyone who could threaten its mission, became, over time, a central objective of the organization’s activities.

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