If we think of tactics as the art of assembling men and weapons in
order to win battles, and of strategy as the art of assembling battles in
order to win wars, then logistics could be defined as the art of as-
sembling war and the agricultural, economic, and industrial resources
that make it possible. If a war machine could be said to have a body,
then tactics would represent the muscles and strategy the brain, while
logistics would be the machine’s digestive and circulatory systems:
the procurement and supply networks that distribute resources
throughout an army’s body.—Manuel De Landa, War in the Age of
Intelligent Machines
Do not build on the good old days, but on the bad new ones.—Walter
Benjamin, Reflections
What do lives of privilege look like in the midst of war and the inevi-
table violence that accompanies the building of empire?—M. Jacqui
Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing
preface:
tactics, strategies, logistics
July 19, 2006, was declared the International Day of Action against Hompho-
bic Persecution in Iran by two lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex,
and queer (lgbtiq) organizations, the self-proclaimed militant British-
based OutRage!, and the Paris-based group idaho (an acronym for Interna-
tional Day against Homophobia). Marking the one-year anniversary of the
public hangings in the city of Mashad of two male Iranian youths, Mahmoud
Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, the two groups initiated a call for global protests
that resulted in actions in dozens of cities across the United States, Canada,
and Europe. Demonstrations in San Francisco, New York, London, Amster-
dam, Moscow, Dublin, and Stockholm were joined by less predictable lo-
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