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T-Ball War in the Middle East

obmug Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 11:19 PM
"Stole" might not be the exact word to use.....did not many of the landowners in what is now Israel sell their land to pro-Zionisr interests in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries? And by "sell" I mean at arms' length.. Would you advocate the US return Massachusetts and Connecticut to the Pequods or Pokanokets et al to the British Crown? On second thought, don't answer the above.....that might be something worth looking into. Oh, by the way, I had no idea Herman was an Arabic name.

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...