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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 12.12.10 | 02:05 (IST)

    To those who have a childish belief that military power may solve any problem the history of post WW II America is a grim reminder of reality. During that time we fought four major wars, Korea - ended by General Eisenhower as soon as he became President; Vietnam, lost after almost a decade, Iraq, which we are slinking out of now, and Afghanistan which we will soon abandon as lost. In the last three instances were were defeated by forces which were pathetically inferior in monetary and military resources. In each of those cases the cost of winning was far more than the US was willing to pay. The mistake in each case was hubris and blind faith in military power,not as a tool of policy, but as policy. Israel slunk out of Lebanon ten years ago after almost two decades of pernicious self-inflicted bleeding. Israel has now reached the point where every 'war' is a demonstration of shock and awe against feeble forces ending in a strategic defeat because the political cost - casualties - necessary to destroy the enemy is deemed unacceptable BEFORE the war is started. Sane individuals would reason that if the cost of winning was too high to pay, then one should not start the war. True Believers fantasize that the mere act of war will produce victory - painless and glorious victory. "We have met the enemy and he wuz us!" - Pogo Possum.

    from the article: Israel may have no military option against Iran
    First published 01:39 12.12.10 | Last updated 01:39 12.12.10
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