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The Cult at the End of the World The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult from the Subways of Tokyo to the Nuclear Arsenals of Russia kindle ñ Hardcover read » eyltransferservices ÍThe brave new age of postmillennium terror is awakening and its harbinger is Aum Supreme Truth a Japan based global web of wired technically expert The story of Aum Shinrikyo is astonishing It had all the elements of failure in it blind sex crazed self proclaimed Jesus and yogic flyer who went from a room in Tokyo to 40000 followers despite their own bumbling and self interest It'd be almost funny if they weren't a millennial death cult which also undertook intensive chemical biological and nuclear weapons research used LSD and brain zapping hairnets on their followers microwaved dead members to goop which they then poured into nearby lakes and generally behaved in ways that make Scientology and the Branch Davidians look like well adjusted dudes It's a uniuely Japanese story and the most shocking part is how inactive the police were Signs of their plans test gassings occurred and nothing was done How did they manage to generate enough sarin to kill four million people without notice? Pretty easily it'd seem On the plus side it was heartening to read that the Australian Customs Service wouldn't put up with any shit from the group and marked them as suss on their arrival in Australia This book is all the chilling as it discusses in the later chapters the future of terrorism When written the Oklahoma bombing was the biggest act of terrorism that had been encountered It seems almost uaint The writing style is pretty breathless news but it suits the subject Every chapter has its you're shitting me moment Read about the gassing victim with the contact lenses and try not to be creeped out

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New Age zealots armed with biologial weapons driven by an apocalyptic vision of unprecedented destruction With compelling immediacy this book tell Truth really is stranger than fictionThe 1995 sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway aren't well known in America perhaps because the body count 12 was comparatively low alongside Jonestown or the Oklahoma City Bombing I had heard about them on TV and figured it was a dozen religious fanatics but I had no ideaIt's fascinating and horrifying to read how an impoverished half blind acupuncturist selling fake medicines gained tens of thousands of followers by promising to teach them psychic powers This guru recruited people from the most prestigious universities the yakuza and the military to forge a mafia like entity complete with an arms factory a chemical weapons compound and illegal drug production to rival any gang Like many cults they isolated members from their families and the outside world seized all their assets kept them starved and sleep derived drugged them and physically and psychologically abused them But that's just the beginningAum's ideology was a bizarre melting pot of Buddhism Nostradamus manga and anime Apocalyptic Christianity Nazism and the science fiction of Issac Asimov and William Gibson They intended to bring about an armageddon from which the cult would arise and rule the world Aum committed a series of terrorist attacks thinking the US Government would be blamed and World War III would start The sarin gas on the subway wasn't even the first nor the last attempt at this With the fall of the Soviet Union it was easy for them to obtain Russian scientists and weapons Who knows how many they could have killed if the cult hadn't been brought to justice soonerThe Cult at the End of the World reads like a blend of science fiction a mob story the profile of a dictator and an expose on terrorism and mass hypnosis That sounds like it's too much all at once but it's perfect for the subject matter Kaplan does a great job explaining elements of Japanese society that allowed this to happen the details of chemical weapons and other information without bogging down the narrative or boring the reader The writing is energetic and flows like a magazine article Kaplan points to the Japanese police's failure to link Aum to various crimes or investigate the cult and he ends the book with a warning about how easy it is for fringe religious or political groups to acuire chemical and biological weapons especially with the rise of the Internet These weapons of mass destruction are no longer limited to governments Aum was a sort of pioneer as a truly tech savvy terrorist organization Kaplan predicts that of these groups will rise and it'll only be a matter of time before there is another large scale terrorist attack The book was published in 1996 It really sucks to be right sometimes

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The Cult at the End of the World The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult from the Subways of Tokyo to the Nuclear Arsenals of RussiaS the terrifying story the cult reponsible for the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack offering a revealing profile of its founder and leader Shoko Asaha Fascinating I did not remember this happening my daughter told me about it It was very interesting but the writing was dry and tough for me to slog through