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Al Qaeda has three essential weaknesses; internal contradictions, utopian vision, futile strategy and tactics.

Internal Contradictions

However powerful cults can be, they are, nevertheless, not invincible. At a certain point, they tend to splinter and/or self-destruct. All cults, including Al Qaeda have two essential weaknesses. They are based on a lie, the contradictions of which eventually become untenable and, then, turn into an internal cancer causing its cells to turn upon one another and destroy themselves. Secondly, the larger they grow and the stronger they appear to become, they simultaneously loose their inner cohesion and become open to internal disputes, schisms and external influence and infiltration.

There is also a tendency that, once one group has denounced the established authority in a certain way, be it a Church or political dogma and/or socio-economic system, then they have also opened the field for other groups to emerge internally or externally, which can also claim that they are, in fact, the real “True Path” and “Only Way.” They then acuse the original group of being charlatans an traitors. This then multiplies and cults disintegrate into thousands of competing mini-cults, each more interested in fighting and denouncing the other, than concentrating on the original enemy or cause.

Secondly, and related to this, there is only room for one « Führer », for one living Guru or “Living God.” By virtue of the fact that its leaders are all sociopathic individuals, at some point, internal frictions must always lead to a split in the core leadership. A bloody reckoning follows leaving one faction victorious. In some instances, even more ferocious groups will emerge from factionalism, each vying with one another and aiming to out do the other(s) in their fanaticism as proof of their credentials as pretenders to the mystical throne. But as with all things they cannot live forever. Cults thrive only so long as the right social, political and economic conditions exist for the bacteria to keep breeding. Once external conditions change and they no longer find a host to feed upon, they must turn inwards and eat themselves alive.

Visionary myopia, utopian blindness.

The simultaneous strength and weakness of all cults is their supra-historical vision. It gives mission, which conveys extraordinary power to their members’ motivation, sacrifice and martyrdom. Yet at the same time, that vision is always a totally erroneous and preposterous view of reality. It usually centers around prophesies of doom, with salvation only for the righteous believers and torturous death and retribution for infidels and heretics. Even when these fairy tales have some tenuous basis in real relations and situations, they remain, at best, only a highly warped and deformed view of the way things really are. Living on the edge of or out of reality is not a sound base for any organization, because ultimately it must crash against the contradictions. It leads to unsound evaluations, incorrect decisions and inevitable strategic and tactical mistakes at some stage. From the point of view of Al Qaeda, the classical example was its participation in the hopeless “utopian nightmare” of Afghan Taliban society and, then its attack of 9/11, which combined temporarily to invite an aggression, which severely curtailed and weakened its command structure and nearly led to its demise. Al Qaeda was only saved partly by chance and partly by ineptitude on the part of Washington and US intelligence.

Al Qaeda’s vision of vanquishing the Crusaders and Zionists as the conduit of Allah on Earth is an unattainable fairy story. Apart from some political goals such as the removal of all Western military and economic interests in the Middle East its mission is vague and nebulous. Any apparent gains it may score will largely be due to the ineptitude of the US but its Fatwah against the

Stephen J. Morgan is a former member of the British Labour Party Executive Committee, a political writer and accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach. His first book was the “The Mind of a Terrorist Fundamentalist – the Cult of Al Qaeda.” He has lived and worked in more than 27 different countries and including crisis situations in Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia. He a journalist/columist for the magazine. He is currently writing a book on the Bush Administration. He is a political psychologist, researcher into Chaos/Complexity Theory and lives in Brussels (Old Europe) Contact

‘Describe your weaknesses please’ or ‘what are your weaknesses?’ is probably one of the most common interview questions and undoubtedly one of the most troubling for most interviewees.

There is common belief that tells that you should never expose a weakness of yours if you want to pass an interview. Moreover, you should be smart and cunning and present a strength in disguise such as ‘perfectionism’ or ‘stubbornness’ or ‘finding it hard to strike a work-life balance -I tend to work too much’ as a weaknesses of yours. That should do the trick.

We all seem to think there is an unwritten code and that in fact the interviewer expects such an answer. Better yet, if we were to actually disclose a weakness, chances are we would be disqualified at that very point in the interview.

If this is indeed the case, then what is the point of asking this question in the first place? Is it written in some ‘interviewer protocol’? If both the interviewer and interviewee no the ‘correct’ answer to this question what is the point?

The fact of the matter is that this question is in fact a key interview question and there is no agenda behind it. When the interviewer asks ‘can you describe your weaknesses?’, they mean exactly that.

So does this mean you have to tell him/her that you are intolerant and at times suffer from panic attacks? Or you have serious trouble accepting any sort of criticism? Or you find it hard to sit down and get to work every morning? Or that you have a nasty habit of daydreaming? The answer to these questions is definitely NO!

When describing a weakness of yours the first thing to do is imagine your self in a work environment. There is no point in bringing up weaknesses that are exposed when socializing with friends or at home; these environments are irrelevant to the work one and the interviewer has no interest in them (or at least should not have…).

Assuming you are an intelligent person aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, you probably know better then anyone around you what are your weaknesses and what are your biggest challenges.

Failure and weaknesses are human – we all failed in the past and we all have our weaknesses (including the interviewer…). This is all part of life. The main distinction between those that fail and those that pass this interview question is our ability to learn from our mistakes, acknowledge our weaknesses, embrace them and show how we strive to improve them.

Demonstrate to the interviewer you can face this question head on. Name a real weakness of yours and show how you strive to improve it. Moreover, in many cases a weakness is a strength in disguise.

For example a person who is ‘talkative’ may be a very good ‘negotiator’. A person who is not very ‘sociable’ is very ‘conscientious’ and does not like to be distracted at work.

In fact, when describing a real weakness and showing how you are working hard to improve it, or better yet demonstrating how it can actually work to your benefit – you are likely to impress the interviewer.

If you claim that ‘perfectionism’ is a weakness, not only is the interviewer unlikely to be impressed; you are likely to compromise your credibility and reduce your chances of success.

When asked to describe your weaknesses – do not avoid the question and do not hesitate or be reluctant to answer it. You are expected to answer it not avoid it. Face the challenge and expose a real weakness of yours.

Do not expose a weakness which is irrelevant to the work environment or a weakness that can seriously compromise your chances of success; yet be honest and sincere. Show that you are aware of your weaker qualities and that you in fact are trying to learn from them and improve your ways; demonstrate that you are a worthy and serious candidate.

Weaknesses that you may wish to disclose at a job interview:

• Suspicion
• Criticism
• Being too demanding
• Controlling
• Lack of humor
• Being too sensitive
• Lack of assertiveness (for IT professionals such as programmers)

Think of this interview question as an opportunity to show the interviewer what you are really ‘made of’ and you are on the path to success.

Ron Clover is an organizational psychologist, part of the team of psychologists at JobTestPrep that have created leading preparation courses for psychometric tests for jobseekers worldwide ( On-line job interview test preparation at:

A high-quality rotary trimmer is a great cutting tool to have around and one of the best is the Dahle 552. Here are its strengths and weaknesses for you to check out if you’ve been looking for a good rolling trimmer.


Rolling trimmers can sometimes be capable of only trimming a few sheets of paper at a time. However, that’s not the case with the 552. This device can train as many as 20 sheets at once, so it’s a good choice if you need something with a decent cutting capacity.
The 552 is also great to use if you need to work with big pieces of paper. It has a 20-1/8” cutting length so you’ll be able to trim both large and small items. This is an especially good length if you’re working with banners, posters, and so on.
This trimmer has a blade that’s able to cut no matter which direction it’s going in. The blade is made from ground steel and it can sharpen itself so you don’t need to change blades even after a lot of use. Also, the blade enclosed in plastic casing so your fingers won’t get too close to it. This helps prevent injuries.
You can work with both sheets and rolls of paper with this device. If you choose to use rolls, there’s an optional roll holder that attaches to this trimmer.
The 552’s base is made out of metal so you don’t have to worry about it warping or becoming cracked, unlike wood. The base has an alignment grid with both metric and standard measurements. Your documents will stay in place when you cut them thanks to the trimmer’s automatic paper clamp.
If you want to keep this trimmer out of the way, you can have it mounted on the wall. This will help keep your work surfaces free for other items, especially since this is a pretty large device. (More on size in a moment.)
Finally, this product comes with a limited lifetime warranty for your peace of mind.


The 552 has a good cutting capacity, but it may not be sufficient for large projects. If you frequently need to cut a lot of paper at once, you might want to consider getting a stack cutter instead. (Dahle makes several you can choose from.)
This trimmer measures 27-3/4” x 14-18/” so it’s pretty large. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a floor stand like the Dahle 556 and 558 cutters, so make sure you have enough room for it or you’re comfortable with hanging it on a wall.
Finally, the 552 is a very bright blue color that may not appeal to some people.

Conclusion: The Dahle 552 has many more strengths than weaknesses, making it a good choice for just about anybody. It has a good cutting capacity, can process larger pieces of paper, and is made out of high-quality materials. This trimmer is also safe to use and it can be mounted on a wall for convenience. So unless its size and color are off-putting, you’ll want to check out the 552 today.

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