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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 18, 2010 at 15:01

I believe it is a feeling of fear that makes people go for the strong horse. People look for protection in a situation in which they feel helpless. Who else to protect them but the strong horse. I draw three conclusions: 1 deterrence seems to be the military tactic to work here, especially for Israel. 2 offering unlimited protection to a group by the west, no matter how small, would attract ever growing numbers of followers. Maybe this works in troubled places in the mid-east. 3 looking at radical Islam the West has all the media power to come out the stronger horse on the level of ideas and public opinion.

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