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Old 11-28-2007   #1
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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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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.
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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...

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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

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"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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Steve, you dated Caligula?
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