... snarling at other countries, and studying the response. An absence of snarl-back is considered weakness, and something to be examined further for possible exploitation. This may sound primitive to the Western ear, and it is. But it is a cultural icon that is not going to go away, any more than a keffiyeh or hijab. Benn is correct that war can break out in an instant, but there is no need to interpret every routine diplomatic snarl as a crisis. Israel is Western in outlook and inclination. But its location dictates protocol.
Mexico sentences five men to 697 years for killings of 11 women (AP)
from the article: Tension with Syria can turn into war in an instant