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Swarming of Hamas October 7th

A Prelude to Their Coming Storm of Robotic Warfare

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By Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.


War Blog #40

Consider this: 94% est. of thinking is unconscious & 95% est. of communication is nonverbal, thus symbols and fantasy are at the core of the problem of political violence. Form follows function; function follows fantasy. All behavior can be potentially understood.


In a fascinating article,“The coming Storm of Autonomous War Robots and the West’s Dangerous Phobias,“ Dr. Konstantino Grivas lays out the terrain of the concept of “swarming” which he predicts will be taken to the next level by autonomous war robots. cf. He is one of the few who delves deep into the psychological aspect of warfare with regard to our Western terrors which he names as phobias and rightfully so. His warning should be heeded to, especially after the huge fashlah of October 7th when Israeli intel and counter terrorist experts were “Fenced in by denial”. Cf. War Blog Post #4 due to their inability to recognize their own maternal terrors.


It is Grivas’s kind of deep thinking that will be needed to move from defense to offense long term against Hamas, PIJ, Hezbollah, Iran etc. Not to delve deeper into the fantasies and counter transferences which are swirling around these new paradigm shifts in warfare will leave us handicapped, compromised and potentially defeated.


In this post we will look at some more terms relevant to the unconscious idea of swarming and the herd to which the West holds an aversion. Out of curiosity I returned to Jihadi Dictionary to check to see if I had written an entry on swarming and found that I hadn’t.

The word swarm occurred in two instances – one under the entry Folie á Groupe and the other under Emotional Intelligence. Both related to the basic root problem of a group fusion reflecting and embodying the maternal fusion of Hamas’s shame honor hyper culture.



Folie à Groupe folie/folly: see Folie à Deux group: a number of people or things that are together or in the same place; a number of people connected by some shared activity, interest, or quality; a number of things that are related in some way.

folie: see Folie à Deuxgroup: 1690s, originally art criticism term, assemblage of figures or objects forming a harmonious whole in a painting or design; 17c. from French groupe: cluster, group. Extended to any assemblage, a number of individuals related in some way by 1736.

Ψ “This term is applied to a group of people that have an irrational but validated idea like a group of people who believe in bigotry. It was defined by Erich Fromm.”

X (The Crossed Swords of Jihad) This is a quote from The Sane Society applicable to Jihadi group think: “It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing is further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing whatsoever on reason or mental health. Just as there is a folie à deux there is a folie à millions. The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

Group think is a primitive defense mechanism against separating and individuating from the mother. The jihadis’ weak personality does not have enough psychological infrastructure to be self-standing and to allow independent thinking.

“This term is applied to a group of people that have an irrational but validated idea like a group of people who believe in bigotry. It was defined by Erich Fromm."

The jihadi must follow a charismatic leader who has a herd. An example of the jihadis’ folie à groupe can be seen in the 9/11 hijackers, the Mumbai Swarm Attacks, and the Paris Black Friday Massacre.


The second occurrence involves the key concept of Emotional Intelligence:


Emotional Intelligence

emotion: see Emotional Contagionintelligence: the ability to learn or understand things or deal with new or difficult situations; secret information that a government collects about an enemy or possible enemy; a government organization that collects such information.


√ emotion: see Emotional Contagionintelligence: late 14c., faculty of understanding Latin intelligentia: understanding, power of discerning; art, skill, taste. Sense of information, news mid-15c., especially secret information from spies 1580s. Intelligence quotient 1921.


Ψ Emotional intelligence is “intelligence involving the ability to process emotional information.” “Knowing one’s emotions, managing one’s emotions, motivating one’s self including self control, recognizing emotions in others, the art of handling relationships — these concepts articulate what makes up emotional intelligence.”


X (The Crossed Swords of Jihadi) Something went wrong in the early maternal environment, rendering the child within the jihadi unable to come to understand his emotions. He never had the chance to learn how to label and manage his emotions because needs of the shame‒honor environment constantly fed the fire of rage and blame. The jihadis did not become motivated to achieve self-control, nor did they learn how to recognize emotions in others. Jihadis may give the appearance of being able to handle relationships but this is only the outward public appearance. Behind closed doors the jihadi is a different person and a split personality.


Emotional immaturity involves “expressing emotions without restraint ... lay term for maladjustment. “Emotion is the “complex reaction pattern that involves experiential, behavioural and physiological elements ... a complex reaction to situations around us.”

others. Jihadis may give the appearance of being able to handle relationships but this is only the outward public appearance. Behind closed doors the jihadi is a different person and a split personality.


A good example of emotional intelligence was articulated through the spontaneous body language of Lt. Col. Chris Hughes when he and his men were approaching a mosque in Najaf and a swarm* of enraged Arab men came toward them. He told his men to take a knee and point their weapons down. This can be understood as the swarm projected their rage, which was immediately felt and responded to but not met with counter-rage. These nonverbal communications are critical in responding to jihad violence. Lt. Col. Hughes demonstrated his understanding of their lack of emotional intelligence through a kind of intuitive countertransference.


*There is always a swarm at Al Aqsa signifying the fused group and herd mentality circling around and nearly clinging to the “skirt” of its unconscious mother, the Al Aqsa Mosque. When they say that Al Aqsa Mosque is endanger, they mean their mothers and they are once regressed into the little boys witnessing their devalued females being abused. In a maternal symbiosis they are extensions of their mothers, appendages without individuation, separation. Hence too this fuels their rage which exceeds murder itself such as we find in serial killing with the mutilation of the mother’s body, matricide cf. #War Blog Post 39.



To conclude

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Swarming, storming, autonomous robots, killer drones (i.e. hard objects which stabilize a fragile un-individuated self) have exceptionally good fit with the mind and body language of the jihadis such as Hamas. For us in the West, phobias along with maternal terrors induce a counter transference causing us to look away and minimize the lethality of it all. Let us not be like the higher ups in intel who dismissed the findings and repeated calls to action of the female intel soldier in 8200 called “V” who repeatedly tried to get them to listen, see and act. Swarming by land, sea and air from Gaza embodied and made manifest Hamas’s herd mentality. They will be sure to try to use autonomous robots and killer drones next time around. Let us not be like the Boer War soldiers as we have been foretold. May we be prepared, may we be on the offense from the get-go.

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Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.

Psychoanalyst Counter Terrorist Expert

Psychoanalyst Counter Terrorist Expert

The aim of this blog is to promote and advance an understanding of the relationship of early childhood to the jihadis’ violent behavior and externalized hatred. Many aspects of culture will be addressed in order to do a deep dive and a deep dig into the unconscious behavior behind all the political ideologies and the verbiage. 


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