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    • Jasper
    • 06.02.10 | 15:59 (IST)

    ... 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.

    from the article: Tension with Syria can turn into war in an instant
    First published 02:08 05.02.10 | Last updated 19:32 05.02.10
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