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T-Ball War in the Middle East

Black and White Brian Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 1:35 PM
.... Israel must convince Hamas and its co-conspirators, cohorts and cronies that every one of them has massively more to lose by starting a T-ball war. Any future T-Ball war, therefore, must not end in a no-score truce .... From our lips to G-d's ears, Dear Doctor Hanson!

Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory.

Wars then are prevented only by a balance of power and military deterrence: aggressors have to be warned that it would be stupid to start a war they will likely lose. If there are miscalculations or if emotions run high and logic is ignored, then the...