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Your initial premise may not be true in many cases

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Submitted by Ron (Israel), Aug 28, 2013 at 03:49

Your initial premise, "Warfare is a very serious business whose first imperative is to deploy force to win – rather than to punish, make a statement, establish a symbolic point, or preen about one's morality." may not be true in many cases I can think of.

One that immediately springs to mind is the Yom Kipur War which Sadat started in order to restart a political process that will eventually get Egypt the Sinai.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

That this was Sadat's motive is speculative.

And if it was in fact what he had in mind, perhaps that was the wrong approach.

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