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    Default Anyone Know Who Coined the Phrase "Death by a Thousand Small Cuts"

    It actually sounds like a former girl friend of mine but I suspect its origin lies elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Thornton View Post
    I wasn't specific. I meant who described Soviet support for insurgencies as a strategic variant of it.

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    This paper is from 1988.

    Check page 19 here.
    Example is better than precept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTK View Post
    This paper is from 1988.

    Check page 19 here.
    I read Denny's paper when it first came out, but I'm pretty sure the phrase originated with French strategic theorists in the 1950s.

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    There was an old Chinese torture called Ling chi, a death by a thousand cuts. The cuts are all small, but in the end the person dies...

    Slow slicing (simplified Chinese: 凌迟; traditional Chinese: 凌遲; pinyin: língchí, alternately transliterated Ling Chi or Leng T'che), also translated as the slow process, the lingering death, or death by/of a thousand cuts, is a form of execution used in China from roughly AD 900 to its abolition in 1905. The term língchí derives from a classical description of ascending a mountain slowly.

    This method of execution became a fixture in the image of China among some Westerners. It appears in various romantic accounts of Chinese cruelty, such as Harold Lamb's 1930s biography of Genghis Khan.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_slicing
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    Steve,

    Dude. I'm sorry about your girlfriend and you ... sounds bad.

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    From Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars

    On Caligula:

    "The method of execution that he preferred was to inflict numerous small wounds and his familiar order was 'make him feel that he is dying' "

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    It actually sounds like a former girl friend of mine but I suspect its origin lies elsewhere.
    Steve, Dude. I'm sorry about your girlfriend and you ... sounds bad.
    On Caligula:
    Steve, you dated Caligula?

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