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T-Ball War in the Middle East

HermanBB Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 12:35 PM
Notice how the columnist managed to drag Iran into this. Yes, the Israel-firsters are plotting to get the U.S. involved in another war on Israel's behalf. This time it is Iran, a country 4 times the size and population of Iraq. And we all know how well the Iraq war turned out.
badgerpat Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 12:49 PM
Herman, you're an idiot. The columnist did not drag Iran into this. Iran dragged itself into this by supplying missiles and training to Hamas and encouraging them to attack Israel. Deal with facts or shut up.

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...