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I am amazed at the thought of intellectuals who spent most of their lives into libraries, most likely never went into any sort of physical fighting of direct conflict, having the arrogance of promoting such cheesy bellicose concepts as "nomadic war machines" from their ivory towers. And radicals in the West taking it at face value, as some insurrecto warfare theory. That sounds like defective by design.

Or perhaps it was prophetic of the growing tendency of global jihads. After all it's in the late '70s and the '80s that underground Islamic and fascist terrorism has arisen to the front pages. It seem that the concept wasn't prescriptive theory, but rather descriptive analysis of tendencies (i.e. autonomous decentralized terrorism) that were antagonistic to Deleuze and threatened the very same regimes he worked for.