One of the worst accusations against Lebanon 2 and Cast Lead, is that they weren't just immoral, they were dumb. If you study the theory of terrorism, you will find that one of the most basic aims of terrorism is to force a state to over-react. If you're a terrorist, you can't hurt the state very much, but if you prod and prod with little attacks eventually the state will react, and unless it's run by very intelligent, far-sighted politicians, it is likely to massively over-react. What this does is instantly destroy anybody's sympathy for the victim of the pin-prick terrorist attacks and transfer it to the much larger number of victims created by the state lashing out with all its might. Instantly, the terrorist discredits the state and gains huge sympathy for himself standing up to such a bully. Recognise that scenario? Unfortunately Israel has no far-sighted leaders. Though you'd think they'd understand the theory of terrorism after all these years. Read post 56
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