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T-Ball War in the Middle East

Bulldog74 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 7:23 AM
India has never threatened to wipe anybody off the map.
1960Republican Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 11:42 AM
Bdog -- neither have we (USA), but we did use nukes against some folks.

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...