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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 02:34 PM
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36. Well, war isn't about parity
If a nation's goal in war is to kill as many of the enemy as the enemy kills of them, you'll have a war that never ends.

There is a philosophy of warfare that says that war should be as brutal as possible so that it ends as soon as possible; even if more people die in the short term, fewer die in the long term. I don't go as far as some people do with that, but I think there is some basic sense to that idea. The thing is, you need to hit the *right* targets. Just haphazardly bombing civilians doesn't break their will; you have to target and destroy the infrastructure that makes it possible for the enemy to fight. You also kill fewer people that way, since by and large people don't live in power plants, bridges, or railyards.
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  -Hezbollah only targeting civilians.............. springhill  Jul-31-06 01:17 AM   #0 
  - C'mon, now. Don't let facts get in the way of a...  Fridays Child   Jul-31-06 01:19 AM   #1 
  - Hezbollah has killed more soldiers than civilians  killbotfactory   Jul-31-06 01:23 AM   #2 
  - There's the IDF and the IPF  ShockediSay   Jul-31-06 01:29 AM   #3 
  - Judging by the posts, there's plenty of IDF right here!  mediaman007   Jul-31-06 05:50 AM   #13 
  - it makes perfect sense  eviltwin2525   Jul-31-06 01:35 AM   #4 
  - Of course Israel is deliberately targeting civilians.  David__77   Jul-31-06 01:39 AM   #5 
  - I don't think by any stretch of the imagination.........  springhill   Jul-31-06 01:41 AM   #6 
  - It makes a cool propaganda argument, though, doesn't it?  Tesha   Jul-31-06 06:59 AM   #15 
  - It's hardly a "stretch" of the imagination  dmesg   Jul-31-06 02:23 PM   #28 
  - You're all targets, Israel tells Lebanese in South  Magical   Jul-31-06 01:41 AM   #7 
  - Funny how the facts are so often ignored ...  TahitiNut   Jul-31-06 02:00 AM   #11 
  - Oh you mean like the 30 or so kids.........  springhill   Jul-31-06 01:53 AM   #9 
     - Those children's parents...  Texas Explorer   Jul-31-06 01:20 PM   #17 
        - Your statement is just unbelievable.......  springhill   Jul-31-06 01:37 PM   #19 
        - First of all...  Texas Explorer   Jul-31-06 01:57 PM   #23 
           - Yeah, The Gov Warned Everyone To Evacuate New Orleans Too.  jayfish   Jul-31-06 02:04 PM   #25 
              - Ok, so...  Texas Explorer   Jul-31-06 02:19 PM   #27 
                 - We Agree On That. -NT-  jayfish   Jul-31-06 02:27 PM   #30 
        - Remember Katrina...  CJCRANE   Jul-31-06 02:30 PM   #34 
  - Hizballa targets druze and christians and jews....  pelsar   Jul-31-06 01:45 AM   #8 
  - Whose innocents have most suffered?  Erika   Jul-31-06 01:56 AM   #10 
  - Hezbollah is not killing their own....just everyone else  pelsar   Jul-31-06 02:31 AM   #12 
     - Did you even read the original post?  springhill   Jul-31-06 12:57 PM   #16 
  - all modern wars are conducted against civilians.  xchrom   Jul-31-06 06:10 AM   #14 
  - "THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah."  WinkyDink   Jul-31-06 01:26 PM   #18 
  - I've seen that picture and I don't see the "damning" that you speak of.  breakaleg   Jul-31-06 01:44 PM   #20 
  - I'm quoting the article ( would I quote myself?).  WinkyDink   Jul-31-06 01:45 PM   #22 
  - You mean to say that...  Texas Explorer   Jul-31-06 02:04 PM   #24 
     - If anything, it 'damns' IDF  TahitiNut   Jul-31-06 02:59 PM   #38 
  - lol  Mr_Spock   Jul-31-06 02:29 PM   #32 
  - Hezbollah wearing civilian garb and firing rockets from civilian  npincus   Jul-31-06 01:45 PM   #21 
  - Count On the Media To Think Everyone Is As Stupid As They Are.  jayfish   Jul-31-06 02:10 PM   #26 
  - Do people really think we are that insanely stupid?  Mr_Spock   Jul-31-06 02:28 PM   #31 
  - That's an AA cannon  dmesg   Jul-31-06 02:29 PM   #33 
     - Exactly.  Mr_Spock   Jul-31-06 02:33 PM   #35 
     - Please note that it's mounted in the bed of a deuce-and-a-half truck.  TahitiNut   Jul-31-06 02:52 PM   #37 
  - Then they have way worse aim  malaise   Jul-31-06 02:26 PM   #29 
  - Well, war isn't about parity  dmesg   Jul-31-06 02:34 PM   #36 

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